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Can Tivo be set up as straight player?

Hi!

I have a TIVO box from Virgin. A family member needs to self-isolate in a bedroom so I thought it would be easy just to move the Virgin Tivo upstairs. Of course it would not be able to record or get TV channels but I thought at least she could watch recorded programmes. However, it seems stuck on starting up.

Can the box be set to just play recordings and not search anything?

Thanks

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The box needs a coaxial cable connection to work. You could instead get a streaming stick from the likes of Roku, Amazon or Google, or an internal aerial might work.

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Re: Can Tivo be set up as straight player?

Hi! Thanks for replying. So, is there no way to just watch what has been recorded on the box without it being connected to the Virgin cable? Is there, with Tivo, any means to link it to wifi instead? We don't want cables all over Mum's room.
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@DavFB wrote:
Hi! Thanks for replying. So, is there no way to just watch what has been recorded on the box without it being connected to the Virgin cable? Is there, with Tivo, any means to link it to wifi instead? We don't want cables all over Mum's room.

If the box cannot find a TV signal from the coax socket the box will hang at the “loading channels” part of the boot sequence. It’s another precaution that stops the box from being used at another address where it’s not registered.

I would also advise against improvising a coax connection of your own, as this risks 2 things:

1) Unbalancing signal levels, which may stop TV & Broadband working.

2) It could induce noise on the network segment from non standard cable or connections ( Virgin use specialised coax ). This could mess up the services of everyone connected to your street cabinet.

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