Originally Posted by gastrof
TiVo Dual Tuner Series 2 boxes were never meant to work with OTA, so I wonder how the OP is making a converter box work with the TiVo. Supposedly the DTs were never upgraded to have the remote control codes for digital converter boxes.
I received this very useful message from:
I just finished setting up my Series2-DT to work with a Digital Stream DTX9950 CECB... it's a little early yet to tell for sure if there are any unexpected glitches but, so far, all looks good.
The CECB is connected to the Tivo with a 3-wire AV cord (not supplied with the box) and IR-Blaster. The Tivo is set up for Dish Network (Dish commonly maps local stations to the same channel number on their receivers) with the sat box brand set to HITACHI.
Channel changing works fine for me with this setup... the Tivo sends out the base channel number (for example: 10) and, after a short pause, the CECB fills in 10-1 and changes channels.
The only drawback is that you can't access additional sub-channels (10-2, 10-3, etc.) but, in my area, the locals broadcast little or nothing on the 'extended' sub-channels.
The next step was deleting the hundreds of unneeded Dish Network channels so I was left with the 7 local stations of interest (makes the whole thing easier to work with).
Also, the IR sensor on the Digital Stream unit is just under the TR in DIGITALSTREAM so that's where you point your IR-Blaster emitter(s). You might also want to set up the CECB's channel list (auto scan plus editing) and do any antenna tweaking before hooking up to your Tivo so you're not working with too many unknown conditions at one time (makes locating problems easier).
Actually have to put IR blaster just to the left of green dot (if u r facing the box)
So I set the TiVo to record thru the converter box & watch a different channel on my new TV. Again, only problem is the converter box is very inconsistent with bringing in the stations. When I first hooked it up in Feb 2009 it was great -- then around Oct/Nov 09 started having big issues.