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Can the mini downgrade HD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by m_jonis, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Isn't this entire argument moot? I thought the Mini outputs a borked picture to an SD set? If that is still the case then there is not much point in connecting the Mini to an SD set.
  2. m_jonis

    m_jonis Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Albany, NY
    Wow, what a discussion I started. haha

    The main reason I inquired was that, I had an old 19" analog TV in the basement with TW Cable, so it could get channels 2-73 (like 60 odd channels).

    I switched to Verizon FIOS, so now I cannot get any because the TV doesn't have a clear QAM tuner. Even then I'd only get channels 2-43.

    So I noticed on the back of the mini there were OTHER output types than HDMI. What I wasn't sure of, is if it was using a tuner from another Tivo with say, 720p content, could it "downgrade" to utilize the RCA connections.

    Now, whether that's wise or not, wasn't really the point. Although I find it interesting that some people complained why bother if you're gonna spend $250 on the mini to which I reply:

    a) I didn't spent $250 on the mini, more like $88.
    b) TIVO puts the analog outputs on the mini, so go ask them why they did so (grins).

    Anyway, I ended up finding a refurbed 24" for like $130 and just went that route.

    Now if only I can get the Mini lights to turn off (including the network lights) because that particular room it's in is VERY dark and it makes it light up like a Christmas tree. Perhaps some black electrical tape.
  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can still watch the picture on a CRT TV but it is distorted, using the Mini break out cable.
  4. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    The $88 doesn't include the $150 service. So it would be $238 not $250. Same difference.

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