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Brighton, can you explain what an STB is?

I'm a newbie and trying to figure out how I can use a DT Tivo with digital cable (Comcast). I read the 'Before you Ask' sticky thread but it confused me a bit. Is it possible to record TWO shows while watching a THIRD one? Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be a huge benefit to having a DT Tivo (except that one can perform the Tivo tricks on the slightly delayed 'live' show).

I called a few local Tivo dealers and none of them could answer my question. I understand how one can use one input for the direct cable and one for the cable signal coming from the box. But that means that one can not record two shows that happen to be on digital channels at the same time or if they overlap, or even watch one digital channel through Tivo while recording another.

The 'Before you ask...' thread refers to 'Standby mode' but the link it uses is broken, so that was a dead end for me as well.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Edit: I know I'm new here, but since there are HDTV, DirectTV, Series2, and Tivo/DVD threads, shouldn't there be a section for Dual Tuner Tivos? It would seem there is enough specific stuff to cover in there? Just a question.
 

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Gastroff,

I gleaned a lot from info you posted in another thread about hooking up multiple sources, which I will probably use. I am going to do as you suggest and get the 3-way RF splitter.

The truth is, I always suspected that one couldn't record 2 different shows simultaneously from a digital cable box. I also knew that the old DirecTV Tivos COULD do this; and I was hoping that at a minimum, maybe the DT had a QAM-style tuner which would get just about everything but scrambled channels like HBO. However, I wanted to be sure, so I called two national electronics chains and a smaller regional chain to be sure. ALL 3 told me that of course a DT could record 2 digital programs off one box. 'It's digital stupid, not like a VCR,' was pretty much what they told me.

However, that begs the question that the Tivo DT is severely limited. I'd assume that most prospective Tivo buyers have premium TV (cable, satellite, etc.). Other than using 'plain' cable or broadcast signals or splitting the cable source into a digital line via the box and a 'plain' line (which is also a fairly large compromise), you don't get much use out of a DT box.

About the separate forum, what I meant is that perhaps there SHOULD be a separate forum for the DT boxes, as they pose some issues specific to them. Just a minor suggestion.
 
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