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DirecTV / Tivo / HDTV beginner question

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Jack_Geo, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. Jack_Geo

    Jack_Geo Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi...I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but since it's a beginner question, I'm sure you'll be able to assist.

    I've got a regular D* receiver hooked up to a Mitsubishi HD-compatible 55" TV.

    I saw the deal to get a Hughes D* / Tivo receiver at CC for $99 in the Deals section.

    I also may jump on the $399 deal to get a Samsung or Hughes HDTV Tuner directly from D*.

    My question is can I run them both simultaneously on the same TV? I know I can't record in HD on the Tivo, but can I be watching ESPN HD and also be Tivo'ing one or two shows from the standard broadcast?

    If this is possible, how would I need to hook everything up? Do I need to do / buy anything special?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Jack
     
  2. Stephen Tu

    Stephen Tu Screenwriter

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    Yes, you just need to run 3 lines in from the dish (assuming you have or will get the 3 sat dish w/ built-in multiswitch). 2 lines go to the DirecTivo, one to the HD tuner.

    Personally I'm holding out ~6 months for HD-DirecTivo. Using Comcast cable HD in the interim.
     
  3. MattClarkson

    MattClarkson Auditioning

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    One thing you can do...(this is what I do)

    Get the Samsung SIR-T160...reason is that it simultaneously outputs in both digital and analog signals. For HD, go component, 15 pin, or DVI to TV. Also go S-Video to a standalone Tivo unit. Two downsides: 1. Can't watch two things 2. Tivo charge is 13 dollars instead of 5 but I'm not complaining.
     
  4. Robert_J

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  5. Jack_Geo

    Jack_Geo Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all...

    Thanks for all your assistance...I think I'll give it a whirl!

    I ordered the Tivo this morning, and will call D* soon!

    Wish me luck!

    Jack
     

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