Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Birmingham, UK
Basically TiVo expects to have full control of the Sky box 24/7. It uses it not just for the programmes you want to watch (which you set up with season passes etc) but for its own Suggestions too. It's not like a VCR, which you set to record things when you're out or things that you definitely don't want to miss. You set TiVo for every single programme you want to watch. You then watch the recordings whenever you like (which can also be whilst it's off recording the next thing).
You want to pull the rug from under its feet, ie watch the Sky output directly. But TiVo doesn't expect this. It will partly work, but TiVo may decide to change the channel in the middle of your and start recording something and pull the rug back! It is this complete change of paradigm that takes getting used to.
Yes. Once Sky has come out of the DVD player, it goes into a SCART splitter with one going to the upstairs TV and the other to the downstairs one. The tvLink is only used for the controlling of Sky, not the picture.
OK. So all you'll need to do is connect the TiVo between Sky and DVD as above, leave the splitter and wires going to upstairs as before, and stop using the Tvlink completely, and start using your One For All Remote Control Extender (to control the TiVo, not the Digibox).
TiVo doesn't give your Digibox two tuners and doesn't allow you to watch one thing in one room and another thing in another. If you had a VCR downstairs you may be able to watch a tape upstairs while the person downstairs watched Sky, or vice versa, but it'd be fiddly. With TiVo it's technically possible in the same way, but unfeasable (see the rug-pulling bit above), but not a problem. Get used to the new paradigm first, and see how it goes.
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