You may have seen the list entitled “Our cord-cutting arsenal” appearing at the bottom-right of this blog. It shows the hardware and software we use for all five of our TVs. But since you can’t tell which items are in each room, I am breaking it down by room, highlighting the hardware used in light yellow, the content in white.
I’ll start with the workout room (a guest bedroom with a Bowflex in it).
It also has a 13″ 1983 analog tube TV with an X10 video receiver attached to it. That’s it, no antenna, no digital tuner.
It gets all its programming from the den TiVo Roamio via X10 video sender.
When my wife works out, she likes to catch up on recorded “General Hospital” episodes.
Here’s her simple setup:
- Turn on the den X10 video sender.
- Turn on the workout room TV.
She then controls the den TiVo Roamio with the free TiVo app on her phone, enabling her to watch her recorded shows or live TV, content from Netflix and Amazon via their TiVo apps, or our own TV/movie library via the Plex app!
The quality is as good as an old analog TV can deliver (surprisingly good).
I try to keep the sender off when not in use because it jams the crowded 2.4 GHz band used by older wifi routers; see previous post Conflict between Wifi, X10 video sender. The X10 receiver is always on. The TV is always on channel 3.
The TiVo’s composite output is hooked directly to the X10 sender.
(TiVo’s HDMI output is still hooked to COMPONENT1 on the den TV, via the HDFury Gamer 2 HDMI-to-component video converter. Read more about this in a previous post, Replace the old TV?)
If we had the house wired for internet, we could just stick another TiVo Mini in the workout room.
But this poor man’s Mini is perfectly adequate for our low time and attention usage in that room. (I usually listen to music or the radio while I work out.)
Later note: the above arrangement may seem a bit odd, but I got an email from a reader with a similar setup, so I’m not the only one!
The other four TV rooms to follow in future posts.
(PS, This is post #100!)