TIVO + HDTV Antennas – Check the DTV Pro’s Comments

Today a comment came in about HDTV antennas and TIVO’s. About 8 percent* of TIVO owners are using their TIVO with a antenna. Probably more consumers will discover the TIVO as a great option compared with cable and satellite TV. Check out a site called HDTV Antenna Guide – to learn more, if you will.

Anders Bjers

* unconfirmed source.


One Response to TIVO + HDTV Antennas – Check the DTV Pro’s Comments

  1. Bill says:

    I’ve been using free over the air tv with 2 tivos for a month and it works great! So well that I wanted to post some things I learned to help out anyone else interested.

    1. My Setup

    Radio Shack “starship enterprise antenna”

    Insignia DTV converter box

    Zenith DTV converter box

    2 x Series II Tivo 80 hr

    2 x Samsung 32 inch HDTVs (with the digital turner built in)

    Fat wallet because I got rid of cable

    The Antenna is sitting in my closet and hooked directly into where the cable source used to be in my basement. So without explaining it all I basically have a digital over the air signal to all rooms in my house using the same old cables. The cables are old and the are being split about 10 times throughout the house. I’m lucky and live close to a city and have a strong signal for all channels. That is a BIG factor in having this work successfully.

    I purchased the converter boxes using the two coupons provided by the government. They were purchased at different times. See the links and you’ll notice that the products are exactly the same. The only difference is that one says zenith and one insignia. Each box is identical. Currently both are for sale at these prices: Insignia at best buy – $60 Zenith at Sears/Kmart – $50. No sale at Sears or anything, it’s just that much. Not sure what the deal is there but they work the same so go to sears or kmart.

    I recommend the zenith converter boxes because they support 4:3 or 16:9 and work very will with the tivo series 2 that I have. Magnavox converter box did not support anything and sucked really bad. I had to return the magnavox to kmart because it was the only one and the stupid lady was rude and…that’s for another post.

    Anyway, you’ll need the purple ir cable that came with the tivo in order to set the tivo up with the converter.

    The series II tivo works very, very well with the converter box. Channels are changed using the tivo remote and it works perfectly.

    The tivo records in 16:9 for shows broadcast in that format. It looks fantastic on the hdtvs even though it is a low resolution connection. With cable I could only record in 4:3 this was a huge bonus that I didn’t think about when first setting this up. It is almost like having a hdtivo.

    Set up the converter box correctly and all shows will display and record in their correct aspect ratio and everything will look great. If you are one of those people that stretch the aspect ratio to fit the tv, SHAME ON YOU. That’s stupid. Watch it in the correct aspect ratio! Unless it’s porn…starring me…and I’m standing sideways. I’ll need the streched aspect ratio 😦

    I don’t have many channels but I usually watched the local channels anyway. I record what I want and watch it when I have time. Other stuff can be seen on the web so I don’t feel as if I’m missing out.

    I recommend this setup if you are thinking about it. Do it. Cancel cable and get free tv. Call them now. Tell them you don’t need their overpriced content anymore. Unless you have cable internet then only half cancel cable, be nice about it.

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