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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. kjmcdonald

    kjmcdonald New Member

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    Any word from Tivo about the SA HD Tivo at CES?

    Any word from Tivo about *anything* at CES?

    -Kyle
     
  2. maharg18

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    Apparently you haven't been reading the forums here for the past few days!

    Here's one of a few dozen threads about it:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=280411
     
  3. joetoronto

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    i'm wondering if your using component cables, that are meant for hd, going into the tv from the tivo. if so, that could be the problem.

    i would go with s-video for both outputs from the tivo to the tv.

    other than that, make sure you have the tv set for sd, in other words, if your tv is set for hd, than the contrast and brightness would be way too high for sd and you'll end up with a crappy picture.

    i hope you understand what i'm trying to say, i'm terrible at explaining things. ;)
     
  4. kjmcdonald

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    Thanks!

    Nope. I came here to look it up and I've read this thread many times beofre so I came directly to it figuring this would be where the info was. Must be too soon to update the initial post. I'm sure they'll get to it.

    -Kyle
     
  5. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    • I have updated the FAQ to include a "stub" about the Series 3 TiVo, which I intend to write a companion FAQ for.
    • All of the "What is HDTV?" stuff has been moved into its own post (right after the DirecTV post).
    • Mentioned and pictured the Ka/Ku dish
    • More info about the MPEG-4 channels
    • Deleted Comcast section until there is more info (I'm assuming it's not just a branded version of the Series 3?), etc.

    And to think I thought I'd be able to say "my work is done here" after the NDS-designed DirecTV HD DVR came out. ;)
     
  6. Budget_HT

    Budget_HT Heavy User (of TiVo)

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    feldon23,

    Your contributions to this forum are much appreciated. Your connection diagrams from a few years ago have traveled many thousands of miles and guided many installations.

    Once again, thanks very much for your generous sharing of your knowledge and valuable time.
     
  7. feldon23

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    One of the most important things about the new KaKu dish is that OTA signals cannot be diplexed through the satellite feeds. I've been advising people not to inject OTA into the satellite lines for a long time. Anyone who followed that advice and ran a separate line for Over-the-Air signals is breathing a sigh of relief right now.
     
  8. ronpp

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    That KaKu dish is not the norm install nowadays is it? For a customer upgrading to HD in one of the markets without D* local HD feeds and with a phase two, they normally would get a phase III correct? Thx. D* is coming wednesday to "install" my new hr10-250 and I am hanging a channelmaster 4228 with a diplexer for OTA locals.
     
  9. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    They're going to be putting new (and eventually all) HD channels over the KaKu dish. Try to insist on it.
     
  10. Mark Lopez

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    Sorry if this has already been asked, but this is a pretty long thread. :)

    If one was to get the new AT9 dish but was still using 2 HD Tivos and an SD Tivo (via a Zinwell 4x8 multi-switch) would everything still work using that same multi-switch? And will that same 4x8 multi-switch work when an MPEG-4 receiver is added at some point? OTA is already a separate run and is not an issue.
     
  11. Anubys

    Anubys KMT Soccer Playa

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    someone just asked that question in another forum and the answer they got was that your gear will operate fine and you'll be ready for the mpeg-4 as well...someone even said that the new dish gets better reception (signal strength)...
     
  12. Mark Lopez

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    Great. Now one more question. If one was to get the new dish, where would they get the initial aiming info from if they didn't have a new receiver? I would assume it would have different settings than the Phase III dish.
     
  13. feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    The aiming info provided by DirecTV receivers is never as accurate as the aiming info available from other sources. For Phase III and before, the best aiming info is at RCA.com.

    If you have 30 minutes to kill, watch the installation video that DirecTV installers need to watch to install the AT9 dish. It's about 10 times as hard to install as the Phase III dish was. Installing the AT9 dish requires a portable level indicator. It really doesn't bode well to have a MUCH more complicated dish at the same time as we keep hearing reports that all the good installers are leaving the business because of shrinking profit margins and bad practices by the satellite companies.
     
  14. Mark Lopez

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    I have watched the videos and IMO I think it's actually easier (provided you have a meter) than the phase III. The new dish has the fine adjustment screws which IMO are a lot easier to use then the 'hope it doesn't move when you tighten the bolts' of previous dishes. My satellite Internet (Ka) dish has them and it made alignment a snap.

    But in any case, that still leaves finding the intial settings when you don't have a newer receiver.
     
  15. Feb 1, 2006 #1095 of 1440
    A J Ricaud

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    I don't think you can receive MPEG-4 programming with a 4X8 multiswitch. You will need a multiswitch designed for that purpose. The new will receiver would receive MPEG-2 programming though, from descriptions of the forthcoming receivers.
     
  16. Feb 6, 2006 #1096 of 1440
    feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    It's not the MPEG-4. It's the frequencies. Before the ultradish, DirecTV used about 1.5GHz worth of signal. Now it's closer to 2.5GHz.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2006 #1097 of 1440
    JBarrie

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    RangersRBack: I have a little experience with the problem you described originally -- poor quality HDTV rendition of TiVo.

    What I observed was that std definition programming through my cable box looked bearable. Reducing the sharpness level on the plasma TV helped a lot. BUT, the same program from the same channel through the TiVo was a dismal gritty grainy quality. I use S-video cable from the TiVo to the TV, and the coax came from the wall to the TiVo. I have already observed that the S-video makes a significant improvement over coax, or video+stereo RCA connections. However, replaying a std definition recording form the TiVo was a depressing experience.

    I recently dedicated my Motorola STB to the TiVo, using the IR control feature of TiVo. (My Cable Card in the TV gives me the best quality picture of all for HD, direct from the coax.) I use an S-video cable from the Motorola STB as input to the TiVo. That's working brilliantly. The std definition picture quality improved immediately.

    Something you may want to consider. My TiVo140 now records the HD channels for the major networks. THAT quality is excellent -- but of course, it's still not full HD, and you lose all the 5.1 sound to become stereo only. I had expected a little improvement. What I got was a significant improvement! It makes my TiVo watchable, again.

    Another wrinkle for you, is that my TV enforces copy protection on digital material. Also, my Sony HD DVR is fanatical about copy protection. PatMedia's cable head-end chooses to apply copy protection on its "plus" channel programming (they waive this for their own low-capacity Motorola HD PVR's of course). As a result, my TiVo has now become a very acceptable solution for time-shifting of such channels as ESPN-HD, THT-HD, INHD, HDMovies, etc. For me, that's a -major- step forward.

    A Question for This Thread: concerning the very low sound-level problem...
    Background... I use stereo audio cable for the sound from the Motorola STB to the Series 2 TiVo, and from the TiVo to the plasma TV. From the TV, I have a fiber-optic link to the AV receiver.
    I noticed the discussion earlier in this thread about sound loss. Yes, that's exactly what I've got. A program coming from the cable that needs 40-45 units on the amplifier requires that I set the amplifier in the 65-70 range.
    I noticed an earlier explanation about the Dolby 5.1 conversion losing the center channel sound. That seems reasonable to me, and would seem to be occurring in my STB.
    The question is... Is there a way for the TiVo to pick up and put out a full strength stereo sound signal? (Perhaps by S-video plus coax coming from the STB?) The quality of the sound is still good, but I'm occasionally forgetful when I change sources, and then I'm nervous about cracking the foundation of my house.
    Any suggestions?
     
  18. Feb 6, 2006 #1098 of 1440
    feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    What does this question have to do with the topic at hand?

    You aren't watching DirecTV (the only TiVo product available that handles HD) and you're barely watching High Def since you mention all kinds of methods of downrezzing and watching HD material through SD pathways.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2006 #1099 of 1440
    JBarrie

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    You, yourself, are "barely watching" the thread you claim to know a little about. See the continuing exchange and trace the quotes. You'll find this discussion involves...
    1/9/06 joetoronto
    1/9/06 RangersRBack
    1/10/06 joetoronto
    Since forums are effective when people who have useful insight help to accelerate the experience of others, you might be better advised to either be careful, or keep your destructive opinions to yourself. You serve this forum with little benefit, despite the volume of contributions you've submitted in the last several years, if you assist by intimidation. Thank you for your help in your last contribution.
     
  20. Feb 6, 2006 #1100 of 1440
    feldon23

    feldon23 MythBuster

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    If you have a question about a TiVo that records High Definition programming, you're welcome and encouraged to post in this forum.

    If you have a question about using a TiVo with a box from your cable company, check out the appropriate TiVo forum. I'm not telling you anything any of the moderators and administrators of this forum won't tell you.
     

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