Originally Posted by lvivnative
I am at a loss... My connection now as follows:
Wall cable outlet ==> to cable box via coax (Cable in)
Cable box ==> Magnavox via WYR
Magnavox ==> TV via WYR
All connections are in their appropriate Cable In/Out, Video/Audio in/out slots... I followed the manual instructions to the letter!
So, basically, when I am in AV1 input and Mag is on, I can watch TV. I can switch channels using my Comcast remote. When I try to change channels using the Mag remote, it switches to L1, L2 etc, NOT channels.
I tried timer recording for when I am aways from home, and when Mag switches to target channel, it records only static.
I thought something was awry with the equipment, because the most painstaking troubleshooting with their tech support didn't fix the problem. So they sent me a replacement, and the same thing is happening.
So, Mr. Wajo - any ideas? I am at my wits end... Don't want to give in to Comcast or TiVo and become their renting slave for life...
Thank you in advance!
You're almost there with your current setup where the cable box is 1st. The Mag can see cable box channels if there's a coax from box to Mag and the Mag is on digital (DTV) ch. 3, and it can record any cable box channel if you set or select ch. 3 in the Mag.
All you need to do is move the coax from the wall to the ANT IN of the Mag and add a coax from Mag to your TV for amplified "coax passthrough." That way, you can tune the cable box to any channel and see it on your TV thru the normal ANT IN connection on the TV. The Mag will pass whatever signal the box outputs thru the Mag's coax in/out circuit... slightly amplified so your pic should be good. With this, you won't need the YWR from cable box to the Mag, or a splitter with its inherent and unavoidable signal loss.
(Note: Someone else who also had to set up this way said his Mag had to have digital (DTV) ch. 3 scanned in... he rightly assumed all his channels were digital from the box. So, he did an Auto Channel Preset > Antenna with cable box connected 1st, during which he saw whatever channel the box was on when the Mag scanned digital (DTV) ch. 3, while all other channels were black.)
You could also add any other output from your cable box to your TV, like HDMI, for quality purposes, and just select that input on your TV.
With this setup, required by Comcast scrambling everything, your Mag is a "slave" to the box... it needs the cable box to tune channels for it and sees those channels on its own digital )DTV) ch. 3 only.
To timer record when not homw, you'll need to set a RECORD action in the cable box (hopefully your box has a Guide with a REC or RECORD option on programs, or some other REMINDER or TUNING option based on the Guide or on time. Then, you'll need to set a timer program in the Mag for digital (DTV) ch. 3 at the same time period as the program you set in the cable box.
Until you figure out how you set the cable box to turn on and set itself to a specific channel at a specific time, you could do a manual setting... set box on channel you want to record, then set the Mag to record DTV ch. 3 at the specific time period during which your show will be on.
See if this works for you.
Edited by wajo - 8/12/13 at 4:35pm