Also wants a pony
Registered: Jul 2001
Location: Houston, TX
Originally posted by rcwalters
As far as this home-distribution center thingy, I'd be fine with setting up an analog signal off the HDTiVo if that's possible, split that three ways, and run to each of the three plain-joe TV's. Having to have the same channel on each of the three at the same time is not an issue for me...but I'd like a remote that can change that channel from each of the three rooms. Or would I be better off with on plain DTV receiver rather than a signal off the TiVo? What options are there for a remote that works from one room, talking to a receiver in another room?
I do exactly the same thing, and today you can accomplish it for under $50 (it will cost $90 to do this with the HD-DirecTiVo). You take the RF output from the DirecTV receiver, and split it to all of your TVs, just as you said. (FYI, if you want to do this with multiple receivers, you'll need a frequency-agile modulator, like one of the fine ChannelPlus models) Then buy the RR-X200 IR-to-RF remote converter from www.bluedo.com and put it inside your remote control. Boom, instant remote control anywhere in the house. Now, if you want to get fancy, buy some additional remote controls and RF extenders, and you can leave a remote at each TV (this is what I did, except 6 years ago, so I used a Xantech XtraLink IR-over-coax solution for remote control).
The HD-DirecTiVo doesn't have an internal RF modulator, so you'll have to buy one for <$50. I'd recommend the new MTS stereo S-Video modulator for $40 at RadioShack.
It seems that D* has not one single thing going for it...cable has it beat on every front....except, no TiVo with HD. And I guess I'll never stop whining that D* doesn't even have that...it's just set up so that in order to get HDTivo OTA, I have to switch to D* simply because HDTiVo OTA is a side-effect of having D*.
Totally bogus, man.
Hmmm, nothing going for it except a better channel lineup, more reliable service, generally cheaper than cable, ability to record 2 channels at once with no loss in quality (DirecTiVo), and soon the ability to record 2 HD channels at once, plus allow me to use/record OTA HD reception for no additional charge (don't have to buy the locals).
And cable is evil.
My bill will probably go down with the addition of the HD-DirecTiVo, since I won't need to buy the SD locals anymore (I can get all the OTA HD locals), and I'll drop my HD receiver after I replace my standard DirecTiVo with the HD-DirecTiVo. That takes $11/month off the bill. Oh, gee, look, that's the same price as the HDTV tier. Ok, break even...
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