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Splitter side of Comcast cable signal unusable. Converter box OK

I was using a splitter to get a second input to watch a different show while taping with my TIVO. After the June Digital changeover the splitter sie no longer works and Comcast says I need a DTR to convert the spliter side. DTR's will not mbe available in my area for 6+ months. I'm satisfied with channels 1-99 but not with none. Any ideas. By the way it took 4 clls to Comcast to get them to acknowlege the need for the DTR. Are they available anywhere else? Thx,
BJ

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DTR's are available everywhere. You can also go online and purchase one if your local stores do not have. Also, keep in mind that the splitter you use must comply with the signals unless you use the Video output of DTR.

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