I apologize if this has been asked before, but I did a search and I am more confused than previously. I have an RCA direct view set with no PIP. I have basic cable with no exterior box, I use the TVs cable ready tuner for all access. I have a DD 5.1 receiver which I run a DVD player and VHS player through S-video to the monitor. I would like to ditch the VHS for a TIVO, but I am a little confused. I know by default you can't watch one show and tape another (but you can watch a show already recorded on TIVO and record another). Unfortunately this conflicts with some of my needs. I would like to be able to watch another channel while TIVO records a seperate channel (ala, I have a a tv/vcr switch on my VHS that allows this). So I was thinking, would the following work... could I put a splitter on the cable, one pathnto the T.V and the other to the TIVO? I figure I can hook up the TIVO to the remaing S-vieo input on my receiver (SAT) and switch over when I want to view stuff on the PVR. This would leave the T.V.s tuner free and give a clear signal to the TIVO tuner. If I put it on a T.V. with PIP would this work? I'm not a total home theater newbie, but this has me confused. If this would work, is there a specific type of splitter I should use? Avoid? Any potential issues with signal quality? I don't have a ton of money to sink into this, but I would love the convenience that TIVO offers. Any input would be appreciated.