Wednesday, March 18, 2009

TiVo HD Installation - What's on CH 6?

Since I'm getting a new 50" Plasma TV as part of the Living in HD program from Panasonic, I decided to get a TiVo HD. This is not a part of the Living in HD program. I bought this on my own.

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I was the first Comcast TiVo customer in the Boston Area. I wanted to give Comcast a shot. It was problematic.

One of the biggest problems is that it does not give you ANY indication of how musch space is left to record new shows. Recently I've been deleting unwatched shows to make room for new recordings. Not good.

It wold be nice if Comcast allowed us to add external storage. But they do not.

So I got a new TiVo HD and installed it tonight in anticipation of the new Panasonic TV being installed tomorrow.


In this photo you can see I hooked up the Comcast cable, HDMI video out, right and left audio out, WiFi USB connection and the poer cable.

The TiVo USB WiFi adapter is one of the nicest consumer products I've ever seen.


I hooked it up and turned on the TiVo.


The actual TiVo remote is nicer than the Comcast TiVo remote.


The way you set things up is that you install the TiVo without the Cable card and then the Comcast installer comes in ansd installs the Cable Card.


The TiVo HD only needs ONE Multi-STREAM CableCARD to allow dual tuner features.

The CableCARD goes into the TiVo and not into the TV.


In the set up process the TiVO askes what channel I get on Ch 6.


Ha! That just changed around. Correct answer NECN.

So now everything is set for the install.

I also took some time to install the TiVo Desktop aplication on my Mac. Now I can stream Photos and Music from my Mac to my Tivo. Very cool.

Next up from twitter friend @magnify "Now that you've got Tivo Desktop, you can go all the way!!! Jailbreak:"


  1. Anonymous11:52 AM

    I'm watching this intently as another customer who was one of the first Comcast TiVo users in the Boston area… and I'm *this close* to pulling the trigger on the TiVo HD with CableCards… very interested in your CableCard installation experience with Comcast… I've heard of troubles. Keep us up to date!

  2. Anonymous10:44 PM

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  3. I'm so impressed! On a similar note, I just got a DTV converter box for my TV and I got it plugged in to my antenna and found 19 channels (I currently get 2 or 3) but it made a loud buzzing sound so I unplugged it. I also could not figure out how to re-route my VHS player and my DVD through an extra device. [Sigh]