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** HD TiVo and HD DirecTV TiVo FAQ **

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by feldon23, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    No such beast, nor will there likely ever be.

    If you are just recording off rabbit ears, then look at the Zenith and other HD OTA recording options.

    If you are a cable TV customer, then I expect TiVo to introduce a universal HDTiVo for cable using the OpenCable CableCard standard within the year.
  2. hongcho

    hongcho .

    Nov 26, 2003
    > Doesn't "Enter" function as a Last-Channel button?

    That worked. Thanks.

  3. Todd76

    Todd76 New Member

    Jan 12, 2002

    ENTER doesn't actually do exactly what you asked (previous channel on the same tuner). It will switch to the previous channel, which could be the same tuner or the other tuner. At least that's how it works on my DSR6000.
  4. BBobley

    BBobley New Member

    Jan 30, 2003

    Here's a possible update to your FAQ:

    The Tivo manual (p. 30) indicates that by selecting the "panel" mode with the Ratio button on the remote, you can letterbox 16 x 9 material. This is very useful if you have a 4 x 3 HDTV display. But I think I now have confirmation that this feature doesn't work when your output mode is 1080i. It works fine with 480p output. I can't test 720p, because my display doesn't do 720p. I don't know if this is a bug or an oversight or what.

    See this thread for more info:


  5. hongcho

    hongcho .

    Nov 26, 2003
    > ENTER doesn't actually do exactly what you asked (previous channel on the same tuner). It will switch to the previous channel, which could be the same tuner or the other tuner. At least that's how it works on my DSR6000.

    Yeah, I noticed that. But that's good enough for me.


  6. kcwhitney

    kcwhitney New Member

    Aug 29, 2002
    I have an SD level DTV Tivo, and will get the HD version as soon as it gets in stock around here. I want to use both in the same room. My question involves remotes. Will there be confusion between the units, or can I specifiy one remote for the SD unit and another remote for the HD?
  7. tivoupgrade

    tivoupgrade Sponsor

    Sep 27, 2000
    Haven't tried that yet, but it shouldn't be a problem. I will be trying it this weekend, I have a Hughes GXCEBOT and an HR10-250 in the same wrong; you can change the remote codes for these units by just going to the System information screen and just selecting "1" "2" or "3" on our remote, from what I recall...
  8. BrettStah

    BrettStah Active Member TC Club

    Nov 12, 2000
  9. stugrief

    stugrief New Member

    Mar 7, 2004
    I've just hooked up my HR10-250. I am using an HDMI connection to a Pioneer Elite plasma. I have 2 satellite inputs and an off-air input connected to the HR10-250. Everything works fine when I am watching satellite stations: both the video and audio signals are passed to the Pioneer through the HDMI cable. But when I tune to an off-air station, only video comes through. No sound.

    Any ideas why this may be happening?
  10. jautor

    jautor Also wants a pony

    Jul 1, 2001
    I'm guessing that your Pioneer isn't supporting Dolby Digital over HDMI... You can change the TiVo's audio output to be PCM (haven't tried this to see how it handles ATSC streams).

    And if that doesn't work, run the analog L/R audio to the plasma, and keep the Toslink for your receiver...

  11. bloozeman

    bloozeman New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Okay now I'm bummed. I haven't checked on the status of the OTA standalone unit that Tivo debuted at CES last year since I knew they were planning on releasing it after the HDDirectTivo unit. I've held off buying a HD STB because I was waiting for the Tivo unit. I have no desire to pay my current DBS vendor (E*) nor D* for HD programming and I also have no desire to dump E* for D* SD programming.

    Why do you think they'll do a cable version but not a standalone? They obviously already had a prototype and could use the same ATSC tuners in the one they have released now for DirectTV.

  12. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TC Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    TiVo's said many times they don't want to be in the hardware business. So a manufacturer has to consider the market worthy of producing TiVo's reference design and marketing and supporting it. I think that's mostly the reason. People don't really consider OTA-only as a complete solution for anyone, so it's not perceived to have a big market. And further since there's pretty small penetration of ATSC receivers in general, is that much smaller.

    The promises of what the CableCard standard will bring in terms of being able to use it with most any cable system is a significantly different potential market. So I think there'll be much more interest from manufacturer partners than there possibly could be with OTA-only.
  13. gilcart

    gilcart New Member

    May 5, 2004

    I am anticipating my arrival Monday, getting ready...

    Any ways I have a Bose 3-2-1 system, with Optical in, should I be using that connection with my HDTV TiVo? If so I have to pick up a cable tomorrow....

    Any help would be appreciated, then, I then run the DVI to my Samsung 4235edtv for 780p......

    Also, with my Bose, I will run a S - cable to my plasma for DVD playback, correct?

    Thanks much
  14. Tom in OH

    Tom in OH New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    That sounds right Gil. At this page: http://www.samsung.com/Products/TV/FLATPANELTVplasma/TV_FLATPANELTVplasma_SPN4235.htm

    it shows your Samsung plasma will accept 480i/p, 720p, & 1080i but then at the bottom of the page it shows only 480i/p & 1080i. You might wanna try setting the HDTivo to output 720p and 1080i to see which looks best. What's the native format for your model? If it's 720p, that would be the best choice.
  15. gilcart

    gilcart New Member

    May 5, 2004

    Yes, in my manual it says my plasma is best for 780p so that is whay i will try, only the eyes will tell!!
  16. Tom in OH

    Tom in OH New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    It says 780p? or do u mean 720p? It looks like a Very nice tv. The HDTivo should look fantastic! Enjoy. My HDTivo should be in within a week or so. I can hardly wait. If I hadn't already shaved my head, I'd be pullin' my hair out :p
  17. gilcart

    gilcart New Member

    May 5, 2004
    Meant 720p sorry, it was sat night and a beer was in my hand
  18. david(dallas)

    david(dallas) New Member

    Sep 29, 2003
    Sorry if this has been asked. I did a search and found that their is a stand alone HD TIVO there.
    But now that the DirecTV HD-TIVO is out (and I'm very disappointed in the HD PQ versus my Sony HD200), will there be any other companies coming out with a HD-TIVO? Or is DirecTV the only version due to whatever reasons?
  19. leftcoastdave

    leftcoastdave New Member

    Sep 4, 2003
  20. steveru

    steveru New Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    The standalone units that are available don't cut it for me. And, I have DirecTv so the universal units for cable won't work for me. So, I guess I will be watching Replay to see if they come out with one. I hate to dump TiVo, but will in a heartbeat if Replay comes out with a standalone unit.

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