Watch one channel, record another with a Single Tuner DVR, a cable box, and a VCR
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The setup information in this article applies to any single tuner TiVo DVR. The illustrations shown are specific to the Series2 DVR manufactured by TiVo, but can be adapted if you are using a different DVR. This setup is only for use with a cable box. It will not work for a satellite box because the satellite signal is not analog and cannot be split.
NOTE: The ability to watch one channel and record another is a standard feature of a Series2 DT (dual tuner) DVR. For more information, see How do I set up my Dual Tuner DVR with a cable box?.
To watch one channel while recording another with a cable box and VCR:
- Attach the RF splitter (not included) to the RF coaxial cable coming from the wall.
- Connect one of the RF coaxial cables coming from the splitter to the RF In connector on the cable box.
- Connect a composite Audio/Video cable from the Audio/Video Out connectors on the cable box to the INPUT connectors on the DVR.
- Connect the IR control cable to the IR connector on the DVR. For information about setting up the IR control cable, go to How do I verify my IR cable connections?
- Connect a composite Audio/Video cable from the DVR Audio/Video OUTPUT to the Audio/Video INPUT on the VCR.
- Connect a composite Audio/Video cable from the VCR Audio/Video OUTPUT to the Audio Video INPUT of the TV.
- Connect the other RF coaxial cable coming from the splitter to the Antenna In input on the TV.
- Set up either a network connection (recommended) or phone connection from the DVR to the TiVo service using one of the following methods.
- Wired network connection: If you have broadband and you want to use a wired connection, connect a wired USB network adapter (sold separately) to one of the USB ports on the DVR. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable (also sold separately) to the Ethernet connector on the adapter, and connect the other end to a port on your network hub or router. Go to Which network adapters work with my TiVo DVR?for a list of compatible adapters.
- Wireless network connection: If you have broadband and you want to use a wireless connection, connect a wireless USB network adapter (sold separately) to one of the USB ports on the DVR. A compatible wireless adapter is available at http://www.tivo.com/2.0.asp, or go to Which network adapters work with my TiVo DVR?for a list of compatible adapters.
- Phone connection: If you need to use a phone line to connect to the TiVo service, connect the provided phone cord from the DVR to a nearby wall jack. Use the provided phone line splitter if the DVR is sharing the wall jack with a telephone.
NOTE: If you use a phone line to connect to the TiVo service and you have DSL, you will need to use a DSL filter on your phone line to improve your connection. A better choice is to set up a home network and connect to the TiVo service using a wireless or wired connection. For more information, go to How to create a home network.
- Connect the power cord from a wall outlet to the back of the DVR.
- Turn on your TV and VCR. You should see the "Welcome! Powering up..." screen. If you do not, you need to find the correct input settings by pressing the Input or TV/Video buttons on your TV and VCR remote controls until you see the "Welcome! Powering up..." screen. (Refer to your TV or VCR manual for help on switching input settings.) We recommend that you write down the settings that you choose for TV and VCR inputs in case you need to reset them in the future.
TV Watching Tips
- To watch one channel while the DVR records another, use your TV remote to change the channel. Keep in mind that the signal is being split before the cable box, so you will only be able to watch the analog channels (generally 0-99) provided by the cable connected directly to the TV, and you do not have TiVo service functionality on those channels, so you cannot pause or rewind live TV.
- To watch video from your DVR again, press the TiVo button on the TiVo remote, and then press the Input, Source, or TV/Video button on your TV until you see TiVo Central.
- You may need to leave your VCR on to see video on your TV, because the VCR may not pass the signal through to the TV when it is off.