Re: Comcast digital receiver and related setup

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Hello everyone!
New to posting here, but I've been a reader for awhile!

In my household, we are big TV viewers and recorders. Sad to say, we still are in the "dark ages" with a circa 1998 Zenith TV, a Sony VHS VCR, and a Polaroid DVD player/VHS VCR combo.

As it was, we could timer record Program 1 on the Sony VCR, we could timer record Program 2 on the Polaroid VCR, and we could be watching Program 3 live - ALL AT THE SAME TIME. THREE different shows - 2 recorded and 1 live.

Now, we have been required to use a Comcast digital receiver in order to view the expanded cable channels, and this has thrown us for a loop.

Our old setup was as follows:

-Coax cable from wall to a 2-way splitter
-From the splitter: one coax cable going to the Sony VCR (VCR 1) and one coax cable going to the Polaroid VCR (VCR 2)
-From VCR 1 to the TV directly: one RCA (red/yellow/white) cable set
-From VCR 2 to the TV directly: one RCA (red/yellow/white) cable set
-From VCR 1 and from VCR 2: one coax cable from each to another 2-way splitter
-From the single end of the splitter to the TV directly: one coax cable

The new setup with the digital receiver is pretty much the same, except for the beginning part:

-Coax cable from wall to digital receiver
-From digital receiver to a 2-way splitter: one coax cable
-From the splitter: one coax cable going to VCR 1 and one coax cable going to VCR 2
-etc.

As it is, it seems as though I am now only able to record Channel 4 (the default channel).

-Question 1: How do I set it up to be able to record (timer or live) a different channel? How about one different from the one I want to watch live?
(In doing research, I found that this should be somehow possible. The digital receiver as I understand it is a single tuner. I should be able to record and watch with the one VCR, but I would not be able to do so with the two VCRs.)

-Question 2: If indeed the digital receiver is a single tuner, would it make sense or even be possible to get a 2nd digital receiver in order to use both of my VCRs - with one receiver dedicated to VCR 1 and the other to VCR 2?

-Question 3: If, as I strongly suspect, my two VCRs have now been officially rendered obsolete by the digital receiver, would it make sense to replace them with two DVD recorders?

-Question 4: If DVD recorders wouldn't work for what I'm trying to do, would my only feasible/logical option be to upgrade to digital video recorders (DVRs) - let's say, TiVo (either from TiVo directly or Comcast's TiVo box)?

-Question 5: If I went with TiVo, would I need to get 1 or 2 TiVo boxes to connect to the TV?
(As I understand it, TiVo's exist either as a single tuner or a dual tuner. With a dual tuner, you supposedly can timer record, say, Program 1 and Program 2, but you could only be watching a previously recorded program at the same time that this is happening - not anything live. If I wanted to do my THREE different shows at the same time - 2 recorded and 1 live - I'm guessing that I would need, at minimum, 2 single tuner TiVos. Am I right or wrong?)

-Question 6: If I went with TiVo, how could I get DVD hard copies of recorded programs?
(As I understand it, there is only so much room on the HD in the TiVo box, so I would imagine it would make sense to periodically get some of the programs off of it - in DVD format - to make room to record anew.)

Bottom line, I just want to be able to get back to my THREE different programs (2 recorded / 1 live) TV watching routine again ...
So any and all ideas, suggestions, recommendations, solutions, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
 
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