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Can't get my tivo to work with a new digital adapter from comcast. I split my cable line, one goes to a high def box, one goes to my tivo. Since comcast is now cutting off analog signals, the line to my tivo needs to run through a digital adapter that I picked up from comcast. But even after a long tech support call with tivo, it still is not working. does anyone have the expertise to help?

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Thanks for using FixYa. I hope you know that Series 2 TiVo won't give you HD. The TiVo Series 3 is the HD-capable TiVo, so you'll be limited to SD if you want to record a game on your TiVo. Split your cable coming into the room between the HD tuner and TiVo. Then run component video out of the TiVo directly to the television (Component 2 input), and the audio out of the TiVo goes into the home theater (AUX 2 input). If you are not using a home theater then ignore the home theatre connection. However, by using a digital adapter doesn't guarantee proper working until the tivo supports the comcast digital adapter. Check with Tivo if the adapter is supported and whether you need a RF Modulator with this.


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