Originally Posted by jasta
Thanks. I want to record a program on the Tivo and the Mag, at the same time. Like the TCM channel that is converting from analog to digital, on April 15. I have been doing this with my Pan EH-55, but I can't figure out how to do it after April 15. Would the coax cable go to the tuning adapter first(as it does now), then the Tivo, then the Mag, or would you use a different route? What specific place on the back of the Tivo would you hook up to what specific place on the Mag? What specific cable would you use?
I'm not sure what you mean by "tuning adapter", because that term is sometimes used to describe a device meant to make a TiVo with cable cards able to get "switched video" channels in addition to those available thru the cable card.
Since I currently have no TiVo and have never had one that took cable cards, I have no idea how the coax gets connected. My understanding was that the adapter hooked up to the TiVo thru a USB port or something, and the TiVo simply took the cable coax directly to its cable coax connector.
Since you're looking to record TCM, I know that's got to be a scrambled channel on 99% of the cable systems in the country. I'll assume here it is on yours.
As mentioned, you'll need a cable box, and the cable box will need to have its own coax. There'll have to be a splitter before the TiVo, and one of the outputs can feed the TiVo, the other the cable box (connected to the Magnavox).
You may need an amplified splitter, depending on your signal strength. Such amped splitters can be bought at Radio Shack, tho' I'd advise getting something like an Electroline instead, if one is
Again, since you say you want to record on the Maggie and the TiVo at the same time, and the TiVo is using a cable card to get channels (and apparently a tuning adapter for switched video), you can't hook the two recorders to each other.
Not unless you want to simply record from the TiVo to the Magnavox.
Your saying "I want to record a program on the Tivo and the Mag, at the same time" suggests otherwise. Sounds like you want the two machines to be operating independently of each other.
You'll need a splitter and two separate cable feeds. Also, a cable box for the Maggie if you want it to record TCM (unless somehow it's not scrambled on your system).
I would not advise using the TiVo as a source for your Maggie, as that's asking for trouble. If that's what you really want to do, you'd have to use Audio/Video out
puts on the TiVo to feed the Maggie's A/V in
puts (front or back).
I don't know what connectors your TiVo has, so I'm going to assume you do and will be able to note the colors of the various connector jacks and figure it all out.