Originally Posted by dlt123me
Well, I tried to call TIVO on this question, but after a long time on hold I got the infamous accidental TS hangup when he had to check with someone else... and I got no callback, so I will pose this question here...
I currently have Comcast Cable, here is Portland Oregon, which is hooked up to my TIVO box. I am going to be shutting of my cable and going only with my *future* don't have one yet, 9950 box.
Can I just route the signal from my 9950 to the RF input on my TIVO and still be able to record, or pause like I can with cable? I really like my TIVO and hope that I don't lose this capability.
Anyone know for sure if this will work?
Thanks in advance,
You were probably hung up on because your question has a lengthy answer or it will after all the subsequent questions you would ask or should ask. I know because I just spent some time trying to answer it and I just dont have the time to do it. So I'll make it brief. First, yes to your question about pausing since pausing has nothing to do with the signal being sent to the Tivo, once the signal is on the hard drive, you can pause all you want. Second, yes to your record question, IF
the Tivos tuning system works like a VCR. However, your Tivo will only be able to see the channel your box is currently on. And unless you split the antenna signal and use TWO
converter boxes, you won't be able to Tivo one channel while watching another. And if your TV doesn't have RCA inputs in additional to RF in, you'll have to use an A/B switch with the output signal from the Tivo and the output signal from the second box. There's multiple solutions to this situation, the easiest/best(IMHO) is upgrading your TV, VCR, Tivo to ones that have digital tuners and only using converter boxes temporarily.
You're basically in the same boat as VCR owners who don't own anything with a digital tuner other than the converter box. However, you're one step ahead in that Tivo has the IR blasters. Coming from using Tivo with cable, you're probably aware of this. If possible, get at least one converter box that can be controlled by IR blasters.
Note, all Tivo series 3 have digital tuners and Tivo is supposedly working on a solution for Tivo series 2 owners.