Can I record two shows at one time on my TiVo?

All DIRECTV DVRs with TiVo (which require DIRECTV) can record two shows at the same time when connected to two lines from the satellite dish. If you have cable, the TCD649080 and TCD649180 can record two shows at the same time, so long as one of those shows is from an analog, non-scrambled cable channel (through the RF input on the TiVo).

All HD TiVos (for cable, Verizon FiOS, and DirecTV) can record at least two shows at once, and some can record four shows at once.

What is TiVo?

TiVo is a life-changing experience, plain and simple. TiVo will revolutionize the way you watch television. Since we’re not marketing experts (look no further than our domain name to confirm that), we would much prefer you to find the answer to this question on your own, by looking at TiVo’s website ( and by seeing what others have said about TiVo. Many, many articles have been written about what TiVo can do. Many commentators at the end of 1999, 2000 and 2001 called TiVo the ‘Gift of the Year.’ We encourage you to read about TiVo and its benefits from others who have done a far better job at explaining what TiVo can do for you. Naturally, if you have any questions, feel free to email us. In a sentence, though, we can say what we’ve been saying to friends, family and potential customers for a long time: TiVo will change your life!

What about adding RAM?

Computers (and therefore TiVos) have two kinds of memory: RAM and hard drives. We specialize in adding hard drives (and therefore hours) to TiVos, but we find that adding RAM memory to your TiVo is a mistake. TiVo memory upgrades are unstable, unhelpful, and require practices that can permanently damage your motherboard, rendering your TiVo beyond repair. In addition, all of the Series 2 TiVos have no open RAM slots, so RAM upgrades are not possible.

What is OTA (Over the Air Antenna)? How can I get HD into my TiVo?

OTA is a transmission format by local broadcasters to distribute the major networks in HD format.  It is widely available and in most cases you do not even need an “HD” antenna.  Depending on your location you may already have the correct equipment on your roof.  If you have one of those “old” VHF/UHF antennas that has been sitting up there for years, chances are it will still work and get your HD locals for you.

To see what channels are available and what type of antenna you would need please for more information.

OTA HD reception is available for the Directv HR10-250 HD DVR with TiVo, the TiVo Series3 HD DVR, the TiVo HD, and some TiVo Premiere units.

How can I move video recordings from my TiVo to my computer for burning to DVD or CD?

TiVo has released its “TiVoToGo” software, which is now available for all Series 2 Standalone TiVo DVRs. With this software, Series 2 DVR owners can connect their recorder to a home network and transfer programming to a home computer. From the home PC, recordings can be burned to DVD using special DVD burning software.

The TiVoToGo Software is currently NOT available for DIRECTV DVRs with TiVo. If you own a DIRECTV DVR, you can connect a DVD recording device to TiVo just as you would connect a VCR to your TiVo. You can play your recordings from your TiVo and record them to the DVD-R device. In addition, a number of TiVo DVRs with built-in DVDs have TiVo with a built-in DVD-recorder. With this unit, you can burn your recorded shows to DVD.

What is a DVRupgrade kit?

An easy-to-install kit, specifically designed for your TiVo. Simply open the case with the specialized tool included with your kit, install the components as directed, and you are finished! There is no requirement to utilize a computer and no technical knowledge or experience is needed on the part of the consumer!

Is modification of my TiVo legal?

Yes, modification of your unit, either on your own, or by using one of our kits, is completely legal. By opening your unit, you will void the original manufacturer’s warranty. With that said, most failures are due to the hard drive, which can be easily replaced, so the risk is worthwhile. Modification using our kits and services does not relate to theft of the TiVo service or intellectual property in any way, shape or form. TiVo, Inc. has no problems with these activities, and we’ve maintained a positive relationship with TiVo, Inc. since our company’s inception, which pre-dates that of all of our competitors.

How do I know if I have a one-drive TiVo or two-drive TiVo? Why does it matter? offers two types of upgrade kits. An “ADD” kit adds to your existing storage, and can only be used if you currently have one drive. A “REPLACE” kit replaces your existing hard drive or drives. For more information on choosing a kit, see our Add / Replace Information.

If you already have a TiVo and want to upgrade, determining whether you have a one-drive model or a two-drive model is important. A one-drive model is the easiest to upgrade. With a one-drive model, you can add a second drive without losing any programming or settings. With a two-drive model, it is very time consuming to save settings when upgrading with one or two new drives. In a two-drive model, you must either purchase a one-drive REPLACE or a two-drive REPLACE upgrade (i.e. replace both of your original drives with one or two new drives) OR you must perform some additional steps to reprogram your original drive. If you have a two-drive TiVo, we can reprogram one of your original drives and replace the second drive with a larger drive.

If you have a standalone Philips recorder, your TiVo is a one-drive model unless you have an HDR312 or HDR612. If you have an HDR112, HDR212, HDR31201, HDR31202, HDR31203 or HDR31204, you have a one-drive model. If you have a Sony SVR2000 or Sony SVR3000, you have a one-drive unit. If you have a DirecTiVo (Sony, Hughes, Philips), contact us and we can help you determine whether you have a one-drive unit or a two-drive unit (or see our DirecTiVo page). The older (130040) AT&T Series2 TiVo has one drive (with room for two). The 60-hour TiVo-branded Series 2 TiVo has one drive (with room for two). All other TiVo-branded DVRs (TCD240080, 24008A, 540080, 240040, 24004A, 540040, 240140, 540140 and 230040), Humax T800/T2500, Hughes units (HDVR2, SD-DVR40, SD-DVR80 and SD-DVR120, HR10-250), Philips (DSR7000, DSR704, DSR708), RCA DVR39, DVR40, DVR80, Samsung units (all models) and other newer DIRECTV/TiVo units each has one drive and, without the Series2 bracket (which is included in all of our “add” and two-drive kits for these untis), has room for only one drive. All TiVo/DVD players/recorders (eg. Toshiba SD-H400, Pioneer DVR-810H, Humax DRT800, Toshiba RS-TX20, RS-TX60, and Pioneer Elite 57H) all have one drive and room for only one drive.

What types of hard drives do you use?

Over the years, we have used number of high-quality disk drive products from several vendors such as Maxtor, Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital and Hitachi.

We strive to only use DVR A/V drives for our kits and our units. These are drives made specifically for the DVR/Living Room environment, and we have found that they produce much better results over the years.

How are DVRupgrade kit capacities determined?

TiVo standalone, non-HD units have four levels of recording quality. At the best recording quality, the number of hours is approximately one third of the hard drive capacity (eg.  A 160GB drive yields roughly 55 hours at the highest quality).  At the lowest recording quality (basic), the number of hours will be approximately 20% more than the drive capacity (eg.  A 160GB drive yields roughly 192 hours, at basic quality).

DirecTV TiVo DVR units do not allow you to adjust quality.  They use a ‘variable compression algorithm’ which means recordings will take up more or less space, depending upon the type of broadcast.  (eg.   Sporting events and action movies take up more space on a hard drive than a newscast).  In either case, quality is ‘optimal’ regardless of what is recorded.  Hard drives usually yield approximately .875 hours per GB.  (eg.  A 160GB drive yields roughly 140 hours at best/variable quality).