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Topic # 96851 5-Feb-2012 08:53 Send private message

I keep hearing that TiVo is a great deal at $199. I am considering getting one to replace my old HDD recorder, but have a couple of questions first...

1. Does the TiVo have an external input (Component or Composite)? I would be wanting to feed my old model SKY decoder into the TiVo and record SKY programmes. If it does, then can I set the TiVo to record from the external input at scheduled times. (Basically, can I book a SKY programme for say 8PM tomorrow, and have my TiVo record it automatically using the external input?)

2. It it essential to have an internet connection to the TiVo? I read somewhere that the TiVo needs to talk to the internet from time to time or it will stop all together. If it does need internet, does it come with wireless, or do I have to cable it in?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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  Reply # 577430 5-Feb-2012 08:58 Send private message

Question number 2: I believe it comes with a wireless adapter.




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  Reply # 577431 5-Feb-2012 08:58 Send private message

Hiamie: I keep hearing that TiVo is a great deal at $199. I am considering getting one to replace my old HDD recorder, but have a couple of questions first...

1. Does the TiVo have an external input (Component or Composite)? I would be wanting to feed my old model SKY decoder into the TiVo and record SKY programmes. If it does, then can I set the TiVo to record from the external input at scheduled times. (Basically, can I book a SKY programme for say 8PM tomorrow, and have my TiVo record it automatically using the external input?)

2. It it essential to have an internet connection to the TiVo? I read somewhere that the TiVo needs to talk to the internet from time to time or it will stop all together. If it does need internet, does it come with wireless, or do I have to cable it in?

Thanks in advance for your replies.


No external inputs except for RF, network connection is required as the tivo everyday download updated EPG info, after a certain number of days without a successful connection it will loose the ability to record as it will not have any EPG info.

Yes they are provided with a Wifi adaptor

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  Reply # 577432 5-Feb-2012 08:58 Send private message

Hiamie: I keep hearing that TiVo is a great deal at $199. I am considering getting one to replace my old HDD recorder, but have a couple of questions first...

1. Does the TiVo have an external input (Component or Composite)? I would be wanting to feed my old model SKY decoder into the TiVo and record SKY programmes. If it does, then can I set the TiVo to record from the external input at scheduled times. (Basically, can I book a SKY programme for say 8PM tomorrow, and have my TiVo record it automatically using the external input?)

2. It it essential to have an internet connection to the TiVo? I read somewhere that the TiVo needs to talk to the internet from time to time or it will stop all together. If it does need internet, does it come with wireless, or do I have to cable it in?

Thanks in advance for your replies.


1) Tivo is limited to freeview. Only input is the UHF antenna.

2) You need the Internet connection to receive the EPG. Without it the Tivo will not receive any EPG as it does not work over the air like other freeview PVR's.  Tivo comes with a wireless USB adaptor, it also has an ethernet connection at the back.



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  Reply # 577436 5-Feb-2012 09:12 Send private message

Thanks for the quick replies. It seems that I can't use a TiVo to record from my sky decoder.

Just a thought... If I hooked up the SKY decoder using the RF out connected to the RF in of the TiVo, I am guessing that the TiVo probably doesn't have an analogue tuner, so wouldn't display anything. Can anyone confirm that the TiVo has digital tuners only?

If it does have an analogue tuner built in, can you schedule recording from the analogue tuner?

It's starting to look like I will have to consider getting MYSKY then :(

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  Reply # 577442 5-Feb-2012 09:24 Send private message

It's DVB-T only.





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  Reply # 577443 5-Feb-2012 09:26 Send private message

When I got mine the wireless adapter was an optional extra.

As said above, Internet connection required for the EPG and software updates.







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  Reply # 577446 5-Feb-2012 09:33 Send private message

Thanks everyone for the replies.... back to the drawing board for me!

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  Reply # 577448 5-Feb-2012 10:05 Send private message

Quick question from me, does TiVo come with an HDMI cable?




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  Reply # 577457 5-Feb-2012 10:20 Send private message

semigeek: Quick question from me, does TiVo come with an HDMI cable?


no. but you can pick them up on trademe for $10 including delivery.

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  Reply # 577459 5-Feb-2012 10:20 Send private message

semigeek: Quick question from me, does TiVo come with an HDMI cable?


Nope, that's where the store stings you. Haha. But if you shop around you can get them online as cheap as $5 I read somewhere on here.

I paid $10 for a 2M HDMI cable from PBTech. 





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  Reply # 577463 5-Feb-2012 10:28 Send private message

BraaiGuy:
semigeek: Quick question from me, does TiVo come with an HDMI cable?


no. but you can pick them up on trademe for $10 including delivery.


Thanks for that, so if I get a TiVo I will have to get a cable, I have run out anyway and only have the front HDMI socket on my receiver left. Still deciding if TiVo is worth it for me




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  Reply # 577466 5-Feb-2012 10:52 Send private message

I bought a HDMI switch - it automatically switches between two HDMI sources - if one source is turned off, it goes back to the previous one. Perfect for my HTPC + TiVo setup. Turn on HTPC Media Centre shows up, turn off HTPC, back to TiVo - with no fuss.




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  Reply # 577470 5-Feb-2012 10:58 Send private message

freitasm: I bought a HDMI switch - it automatically switch between two HDMI sources - if one source is turned off, it goes back to the previous one. Perfect for my HTPC + TiVo setup. Turn on HTPC Media Centre shows up, turn off HTPC, back to TiVo - with no fuss.



If you bought the switch online, do you have a link?




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  Reply # 577471 5-Feb-2012 11:02 Send private message

The exact model is no longer available (it looks different but works the same): 2x1 Pigtail HDMI Switcher.




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  Reply # 577473 5-Feb-2012 11:13 Send private message

freitasm: The exact model is no longer available (it looks different but works the same): 2x1 Pigtail HDMI Switcher.


Cheers for that, now just to decide if TiVo is worth it for me 




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