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28 December 2005 @ 11:11 pm
I Got TiVo -- A 43things Entry  
Two weeks ago The Good Guys was having a going-out-of-business-all-sales-final sale. On impulse I bought a Tivo for $100. It was not in the box, (this was down to the wall dvd players, et el. without boxes, manuals, remotes…), I found one bag with connecters, remote, manual for a TiVo dvr. It looked like everything was there so I got it.

It looks like it must have been a return because it was already setup with a zip code for a town near by.

Now that I have reset the zip code it seems to work fine. I am surprised that you can’t record and watch TV at the same time without a splitter. Setting up a splitter is what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

If I had purchased it in-the-box new I would have bought the lifetime service from TiVo. But, since I don’t know it’s history and I don’t think it is under warrenty anymore I will live with my “new” dvr from month to month.

I really should have done some homework on this first. But like I said it was an impulse.

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MegaZonezonereyrie on December 29th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
You might find tivolovers useful.

Depending on how you have things wired you may or may not need that splitter. If you have analog cable, or an antenna, you can connect the RF directly to the TiVo, then RF from the TiVo to the TV. If you put the TiVo into Standby it will bypass the RF, even while recording.

If you have digital cable, then you would need the splitter on the line from the wall. One branch of the splitter into the TV, the other into the cable box. Then cable box to TiVo, TiVo to TV.

You might just go a month to make sure it works OK, but I would recommend lifetime. It is a better value and it is the own vs rent argument - with lifetime you have equity in the unit and if you decide to upgrade or resell it for any reason it is worth $300 more than a unit without lifetime.
A Piece of My ♥: kate - smileprettyedy on December 29th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure if it would record in standby.

I may still get a spitter in the future. Right now I have a vcr connected in series from the TiVo to the tv. I thing I will connect it in parellel to the dvr with a splitter. I work at night and I record a lot of stuff.