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Old 02-08-2016, 11:44 PM
 
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Gotta admit -- I haven't read the whole thread... But I want to make this contribution:
People are not reading the original post (or the title). I said my brother had cut off cable four years ago, but he feels pressure from his wife to re-attach the cable. She feels like she is missing something (sports, cooking, talk shows).

I never read any posts about people who returned to cable.
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:57 PM
 
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You're limited by the 4 tuners it has, but you can hook as many "slave devices" up to run as many TVs as you want via CAT5 cable and have up to 4 different channels going.

The woman did not mention "slave" (or client) boxes. She insisted that there was just a standard definition TV.

The system in my house set up about 3.5 years ago has a 4 tuner TiVo that takes care of recording up to four channels, and two client TV's with their own tuner that can also read the recorded shows on the primary DVR.

It is much more common today to have a 6 tuner TiVo and the client boxes in the remote TV's use one of those tuners to watch live TV. That way you have more tuners for recording when people are not watching remote TVs. I think 6 tuners is the maximum because the M-CableCard can't support anymore.

Now the client boxes are often very small, and they have remotes that work for other than line of sight so they can be hidden behind the TV. But you presently need some kind of physical box. In the future new standards are being developed since the Fcc changed the rules so that CableCard is no longer required in the future.

For TiVo, the client can be an Amazon Fire Stick, but you are limited to viewing only shows recorded by the DVR that are on the hard disk. But as hard disks are getting bigger, some people record Prime Time for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX for an entire week, so that everything is available.
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Suburban wasteland of NC
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People are not reading the original post (or the title). I said my brother had cut off cable four years ago, but he feels pressure from his wife to re-attach the cable. She feels like she is missing something (sports, cooking, talk shows).

I never read any posts about people who returned to cable.
I posted way back on page 4 or something about how I go back most football seasons. They keep giving me the intro rate each time since I'm a new customer. I have my own DVR and modem to keep the price down, and I like mine better anyway.

Maybe no other posters have gone back? I know plenty stated that they haven't. If I ever decide that cable prices have gone up too much, or college football isn't worth paying for cable, or I need to trim from the budget, etc then I wouldn't have cable at all for any part of the year.

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The woman did not mention "slave" (or client) boxes. She insisted that there was just a standard definition TV.

The system in my house set up about 3.5 years ago has a 4 tuner TiVo that takes care of recording up to four channels, and two client TV's with their own tuner that can also read the recorded shows on the primary DVR.

It is much more common today to have a 6 tuner TiVo and the client boxes in the remote TV's use one of those tuners to watch live TV. That way you have more tuners for recording when people are not watching remote TVs. I think 6 tuners is the maximum because the M-CableCard can't support anymore.

Now the client boxes are often very small, and they have remotes that work for other than line of sight so they can be hidden behind the TV. But you presently need some kind of physical box. In the future new standards are being developed since the Fcc changed the rules so that CableCard is no longer required in the future.

For TiVo, the client can be an Amazon Fire Stick, but you are limited to viewing only shows recorded by the DVR that are on the hard disk. But as hard disks are getting bigger, some people record Prime Time for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX for an entire week, so that everything is available.
Like I said, that's the part that's got me puzzled too.
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:43 AM
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but you can hook as many "slave devices" up to run as many TVs as you want via CAT5 cable and have up to 4 different channels going.
That's key... the slaves "use" a tuner during playback (I'm not sure why - the DVR doesn't)... even when the slave is paused (eek) so I need to remember to go back to main menu when I'm stopping watching something on the slave for a while.
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Suburban wasteland of NC
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Odd. The slaves with my DVR only use a tuner if they're watching live TV. If they're playing back a recording they don't.

Regardless, I'm still puzzled by how the one poster is supposedly running 2 TVs on 2 different channels off 1 cable decoder.
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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People are not reading the original post (or the title). I said my brother had cut off cable four years ago, but he feels pressure from his wife to re-attach the cable. She feels like she is missing something (sports, cooking, talk shows).

I never read any posts about people who returned to cable.
Oh -- sorry. I'm so happy to have cut the cord that I dived right in with anti-cord evangelism. I'd never go back.

Btw, you can get all the cooking and talk you need right on youtube. (Sports, not so much...) Tell your brother to get an Xbox.

If you need more viewing than you find online these days, you're wasting too much time sitting around!
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