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GoodToGo
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OK, I'm stumped.

Does anybody here use Tivo (HD or other) with Innovative Cable's digital box? If so is there some magic tip you can share to get the video from the cable box to Tivo and from Tivo out? I've confirmed that the cable box is outputting S-Video and composite properly and that I can connect the signal to the TV from the cable box. My problem is that neither can be fed to the Tivo and from the Tivo to the TV successfully. I can see the Tivo screens/menu controls on the TV but no audio or video signal from the cable service.

My older Series2 boxes back in Seattle used to have a setup option to enable the various video outputs but that seems to be gone now with this newer box (I'm assuming all outputs are active as long as a cable is plugged into them.)

Anybody have a hint to share? I'll call Innovative's tech service department tomorrow to see if they know of an issue.

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Topic starter Posted : May 15, 2008 1:12 am
GoodToGo
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Arrgghhhhhh....I think I just found my answer and I don't like it at all.

So the better question for me to ask the board is does anybody with Innovative Cable have a box that includes a cable card? I'm almost 100% sure the answer is no which means I can't use this HD Tivo box here until Innovative upgrades (or I change providers which is probably more likely at this point.)

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Topic starter Posted : May 15, 2008 1:33 am
rotorhead
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The only HDTV available in the USVI is via satellite. Either Dishnetwork or C-Band.

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Posted : May 15, 2008 5:23 am
christineg
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We have Tivo and have Innovative's Digital Cable Package. We didn't have to do anything special other than order the Digital Cable and order the Tivo unit. My husband set it up so (sorry Hubby) it can't be all that difficult as he is a bit electronically challenged -- not that I'm any better 🙂 I can go look at the set up tonight and let you know what is connected to what if you like? If so, PM me.

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Posted : May 15, 2008 5:28 pm
GoodToGo
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Thanks Cristineg.

I think I've figured it out - it's simply not possible with a Series 3 unit. Series 3 requires the use of one or more cable cards which Innovative doesn't offer yet (they have digital cable but it's an older setup they used to have in the mainland a few years back and phased out.)

With the older Series 2 Tivo you could use an IR Blaster to control your cable box. There is no such option with the new Series 3 units since they use cable cards to eliminate the use of a cable box completely. The best I can do is to get the cable to show on channel 3 on the Tivo but can't use Tivo recording features because it trys to change channels which it can't do and you end up with whatever channel your cable happens to be turned to at the moment.

Now if it turns out you have a Series 3 box you can ignore all I just said as garbage and please educate me 🙂

Thanks.

p.s. - Worst case scenario I'll just drag this box back to Seattle where I have a couple of Series 2 units and HD TV and swap them out.

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Topic starter Posted : May 15, 2008 7:10 pm
East Ender
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Okay, techies...So if you still have the old cable box, you have to get rid of it and get a digital box before next February, is that right? And if you do, do you have to pay for all those channels at the bottom of the TV listings? Can you just get extended basic?

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Posted : May 15, 2008 11:34 pm
goalusvi
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EE - the switch next February only affects you if you have a tv that you're just getting a signal using antenna ( www.dtv2009.gov ) If you have cable right now (or any other pay service) the switch in February won't affect you.

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Posted : May 16, 2008 12:34 am
East Ender
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goal: My analog box will still work??

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Posted : May 16, 2008 1:43 am
goalusvi
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I don't really know for sure but you can call 1-888-DTV-2009 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they'll answer your questions about the conversion and about the government coupon program if you have to buy new equipment because of the conversion.

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Posted : May 16, 2008 11:48 am
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