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TiVo v. Satellite DVR

by dignan9 / February 27, 2007 5:19 AM PST

I recently got a new satellite HD DVR, I used to run the old satellite a/v through my TiVo then the TiVo a/v into my receiver for surround sound. Since the new HDTV is installed on a different component I can't feed the audio through TiVo when I watch HD because the sound doesn't sync. This means I have to swich back & forth between my TiVo source (to watch TiVo) and my HDTV source (to watch HDTV), which is a pain. So I have to either give up my TiVo or keep switching back & forth.

Does anyone out there know if there is such a thing as an a/v cable that will allow me to plug the audio into 2 separate sources (one into my TiVo and the other into my receiver)? I've tried searching but haven't been able to find anything, maybe I'm just using the wrong terminology, at any rate I'm pretty close to just creating one myself by splicing a couple of RCA cables together but I'm afraid this will really compromise the sound quality.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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Trash The DVR and Buy A Series 3
by EXCON / February 27, 2007 9:05 PM PST
In reply to: TiVo v. Satellite DVR

This solves everything. The Series 3 TIVO is probably the most underrated piece of equipment on the market today. You will be able to connect via HDMI, and the Series 3 records in HD with THX audio. The Series 3 is absolutely FANTASTIC. I just connected it to the new Sony 70 inch XBR2 yesterday and the picture will blow you away. The "free" DVR's are TRASH. Thats why they are "free"

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Haven't won the lotto yet....
by dignan9 / February 28, 2007 1:59 PM PST

Wow, sounds like you have a great set-up and thanks for your suggestion but it really doesn't help me or address my issue. (If you'd like to send me the $800 for the Series 3 TiVo I'll run right out & get it and everything will be solved...except for that whole how do I get my channels thing.)

The "free" DVR isn't the issue, the DVR is part of my satellite receiver, it's all one item. I could care less about the DVR portion of it, but I have to work with what I have. I PREFER to use my TiVo as my DVR, but I can't do that with this new HD satellite receiver.

Basically I need a glorified "Y" RCA a/v cable with 9 male connectors, the main to go into the satellite receiver, then one end of the "Y" to go into my TiVo input, and the other to go into my stereo receiver/TV.

If anyone has an idea or suggestion (that doesn't entail me going out and spending a bunch of money I don't have) I'd welcome it!

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I know they are pricey
by EXCON / February 28, 2007 9:14 PM PST

But seriously, if you can have some patience and save the cash for one with a lifetime subscription on Ebay I think you will be a very happy person. You KNOW how great TIVO is since your lucky enough to have one. Most people have no clue how great Tivo really is. If you love TIVO like I do then I would start putting 20's in a bucket and you would be surprised how quickly you can have a Series 3.

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