Can I use two Set Top Boxes with Control Center?

While Control Center will allow you to connect and set up more than one set top box (cable, satellite, TiVo), it is not an ideal situation. 

  • Some devices only respond to IR control, such as Xfinity boxes.  Hooking two of those up to a Control Center would cause both to respond to the commands sent. 

Additionally, Control Center will only provide search results and channel tuning requests for whichever box was set up first based on the lower numbered HDMI Input port.

  • For example, if you connect a TiVo device to port 1 and Xfinity to port 2 at the same time, Control Center will default to the TiVo for channel change requests (i.e. "watch Comedy Central").  In this scenario, the Xfinity DVR will not be collected. The second box can still be controlled via the Control Center remote, but you will not be able to search or launch into content on that box.

Simply disconnecting the first device won't automatically transfer controls to the second device

  • If you were to remove TiVo in this scenario, you would need to also disconnect Xfinity and then set up both devices.
  • If you connected only the Xfinity box, regardless of port, and finished setup but then later added TiVo, Xfinity would still be the default device.