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You may have to set the channel 3/4 switch on the lower right rear of your TiVo to match the output setting of your Apex converter. If your Apex converter is equipped for L/R audio and video output you will get better results using a three-conductor cable to connect to your TiVo.
1) Connect the Tivo using the coax output of the cable box into the cable input of the Tivo
2) Exchange cable boxes with your cable provider for one with composite output jacks. It may require you to use a Motorola box that isn't High def depending on what your provider has. I know Comcast has a Motorola HD tuner that has composite outputs as well as component.
3) Upgrade to a Series 3 Tivo. Those units are designed for High Def. Use HDMI cable hookup.
Since the Series2 doesn't do HD, you don't need any fancy connections, and it's pretty simple to hook up.
1) Disconnect the cable that's connecting your cable box to your TV, from the TV end. 2) Connect the end that *was* connected to your TV, to the "input" on the Tivo. 3) Get another piece of the same cable (coaxial cable), and connect the output of the Tivo to the input on your TV.
You may just need to go to Best Buy and get a piece of coaxial cable to connect the Tivo to the TV.
Yes, the Tivo will just record in standard definition, instead of high def.
You can still hook the two up together, though.
What I would suggest (and have done in the past) is this: Split the cable coming out of the cable box. Hook one up to your HD cable box, and the other up to the Tivo. Hook the output of your HD cable box to one HD input on your TV Hook the output of your Tivo up to a different (non-HD) input on your TV.
This will allow you to watch HD while recording standard definition, and vise versa.
Running the HD through the Tivo will work, but will limit you to not be able to watch HD through it.
It appears that with basic FIOS you will recieve between 15 and 49 channels. You would most likely need to consult with Verizon to find out more specifics on that. As long as your television is high definition ready, it should not matter what type you purchase, however one with an internal tuner would be preferrable. I would ask your local sales person what type they recommend. The sales staff in any Best Buy™ store should be qualified to answer these types of questions.
Set up your infrared blasters connected from your IR port on the Tivo and by placing the two lead lights in front of your cable box so it (the cable box) can read the signal. Then go to Channel settings accessed through Tivo Central and follow the questions. It will ask you to change channels until the remote is working correctly. This all worked on a different "input" on my Mitsubishi TV (it has multiple inputs. I have the cable input on a different "input" to make it work.
Hope this helps. Call TIVO tech assistance because they are the ones who talked me through this.
According to http://www.weaknees.com/repair.php, any of these could be your problem:
? Improper dialing settings
? Bad/defective cables
? Bad/defective modem
? Modem needs to be reset
? Trouble with TiVo?s servers
? Use of VoIP (Vonage, Packet 8, Verizon FIOS, etc.)