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TIVO and Watch one program, record on another channel

by jsd032971 / November 26, 2005 6:14 AM PST

My wife wants to buy her mom and Tivo...any of these DVRs allow you to record one channel while watching another channel? This would be cable and not dish. Thanks for any suggestions. JD

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i can't belive nobody replied to this
by mwinship / December 6, 2005 6:43 AM PST

The answer is yes and no; the stand alone tivo units have one tuner so you can only watch or record one thing at a time. But there is no reason you can't split the cable and go to the tivo and the tv. this may be too complicated for mom to be switching inputs but it gets the job done.

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two tuners?
by earlysound / December 6, 2005 6:47 AM PST

Isn't it true if you have two tuners that you can do that?? For me, it seems like that's one of the main reasons why I'd want a TiVo... to watch something while not missing something on a different channel (and, obviously, watch something that was one while I was out)

so confusing.

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you'd think
by mwinship / December 7, 2005 12:06 AM PST
In reply to: two tuners?

People have been screaming about two tuners for quite a while so you'd think that they would have included it by now but Tivo is a strange bird. They advertise all the network features, but they don't have ethernet build in, you need a USB adapter.

Simple solution; two tivos, thats what I do. Anyway Tivo changes your viewing habits, you don't end up watching much live. Everything I watch "live" has at least a 20 minute head start so I can fast forward through the commercials.

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plans for the future
by dstanfor / December 7, 2005 1:58 AM PST
In reply to: two tuners?

My understanding (from the tivo community forum) is that the plan is for there to be 2 tuners in the Tivo coming out next summer that can also record HD.

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by jsd032971 / December 6, 2005 10:29 AM PST

I appreciate the reply. Went to CompUSA and one of the guys told me how to do it. Didn't seem that difficult, she'll just have to switch from Video 1 to Video 2. I know what I'm gonna be doing on Christmas Day now. Thanks.

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By the way...
by jsd032971 / December 6, 2005 10:31 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Doesn't seem to difficult for TIVO to throw a second tuner in that box...or is it just me wishful thinking. I thought there was a dual tuner tivo-like dvr for the dish network.

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by mwinship / December 6, 2005 11:58 PM PST
In reply to: By the way...

The DirecTV model of tivo has two tuners, but not the stand alone boxes.

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by mwinship / December 7, 2005 12:08 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

It isn't that complicated to switch between video one and video 2, but for some it's troubling. I bought my mother one a couple of years back; the tivo interface she could handle, but flipping inputs on the tv and using two remotes blew her mind.

Now I'm the proud owner of two Tivo's.

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here's how:
by dstanfor / December 7, 2005 1:56 AM PST

1st, when you have a TIVO, ussually you'll be watching stuff you have recorded, not live stuff.

2nd, in the rare case where there's 2 shows on at the same time that you want to watch both, you could have never done that with your TV before.

3rd, There are a couple ways to do it. The splitter method mentioned is one, as is putting the TIVO in standby mode.

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