Originally Posted by Whittaker
Anyone feeding the output of a DTB-H260F into the input of a TiVo? . . . when I finished all I got was a black screen. I even cycled through all the supposed "cable channels", but no go.
I'm super new to all of this, but unless it's a new series 3 tivo I don't think your Tivo can process digital/HD signals. In fact, I have a related issue.
Background: We live in Chicago, and are line-of-sight 10 miles to the Sears Tower with all thefree HD signals. We're renting a home that has a rather large VHF/UHF antenna on the roof. Because plugging our old TV into the coax hooked up to the antenna gave us super clear picture quality, I assume that we could get high-quality HD signals as well. We have a Series-2 Tivo which cannot handle HD signals as I understand it, but we have a free lifetime Tivo subscription, so I'm not ditching it any time soon. Wanting the best of both worlds, I just bought a 3-year old Sony Wega KV-32HS50 TV on Craigslist (it seems everyone in Chicago is buying HDTV flat panels for the super bowl). The Wega is "HDTV-ready" (1080i, 720p), but lacks an ATSC tuner, so I'm in the market for one, and am leaning towards the Samsung DTB-H260F.
Anyway, here's my plan, tell me if I'm missing something obvious:
1) get a coax splitter to send one branch of the antenna signal into the Tivo box (as it does now).
2) send the other branch into the set-top ATSC tuner, and then feed that into the component TV's inputs on the bak (sadly, no HDMI, but hey, it was a $200 TV).
Since we rarely watch live TV, we will continue to use the Tivo box to watch recorded shows. But if there is a live program we want to see, we can watch it through the HDTV tuner.
Will this work? Does anybody have experience with this Wega TV? Should I get the Samsung, or is another model better for my needs? Thanks for any and all help.