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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. Jan 7, 2004 #101 of 1440
    enodev

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    Ok thanks. I was not sure what TiVo considered HD. I believe 480p is considered Enhanced Def (EDTV.) People have different opinions on what true HD res is. 720p & 1080i is what I consider HD. Oh, this may open a can of worms! :D
     
  2. Jan 7, 2004 #102 of 1440
    Bigg

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    enodev: your right. feldon 23: thanks for reminding him. :D
     
  3. Jan 7, 2004 #103 of 1440
    ebonovic

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    Can you add a link under the :
    "What hardware do I need for local digital/HDTV channels?"
    To the avsforum, Local Reception Forum... Similar to what you did for the HDTV programming section
     
  4. Jan 7, 2004 #104 of 1440
    feldon23

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    Done. And updated the FAQ for CBS O&O news and switchable aspect ratio.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2004 #105 of 1440
    BizarroTerl

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    Does the HDTivo support discrete on/off codes (for remote programming)?
     
  6. Jan 7, 2004 #106 of 1440
    feldon23

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    I don't think we'll know this until it comes out. Keep in mind that TiVos are designed to stay on 24/7.
     
  7. Jan 7, 2004 #107 of 1440
    BizarroTerl

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    I realize that. I'm referring to standby mode. I've been waiting for a HDTivo for a couple years now. I guess I can hold on for a few more months. :(
     
  8. Jan 8, 2004 #108 of 1440
    BrettStah

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    BizarroTerl, I know this came up recently in another Tivo-related thread with you, but I don't remember exactly what purpose you have to want to switch to and from standby mode on the DirecTV/HD-Tivo so often...
     
  9. Jan 8, 2004 #109 of 1440
    dvdude

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    It's my understanding that some video equipment will automatically switch inputs based on the presence/absence of a signal. So one might want to be able to shut off TiVo's output for this.

    I have to admit, I do bring my boxes in and out of standby regularly, but not for the reason stated above. First, it just feels right (I know, I know) but also, in the last few minutes before I leave for work, I'm too busy to concentrate on the TV. Because I leave turning the gear off as my last task, I can catch up with those last few minutes when I get home by rewinding the buffer (remembering not to change channels of course). I have a theory also about disk drive wear and constantly recording the buffer 24/7 but it's only a theory. Finally, my machine is cooler when in standby and probably consumes a couple of watts less.
     
  10. Jan 8, 2004 #110 of 1440
    Zathrus

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    You can theorize all you like, but the buffers are still recorded when in standby.

    All standby does is turn off the front LED and enable pass-through mode on the coax input/output. The TiVo will also record more suggestions because it knows you're not watching, but there is no significant power savings (<0.1W for the LED) and the hard drives continue recording.
     
  11. Jan 8, 2004 #111 of 1440
    dvdude

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    Erm NO - The SAT-T60's definitely do NOT work the way you suggest
     
  12. Jan 8, 2004 #112 of 1440
    BrettStah

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    No buffering in standby mode on my DirecTivos either...
     
  13. Jan 8, 2004 #113 of 1440
    kwerner

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    The no simultaneous analog & HD output does suck. I was hoping we'd be beyond this now, my older HD DirecTV receiver doesn't have it.

    What if I want to send the analog video to another room via a wireless video sender, or through modulated output to coax wires in my house(does it have modulated output?)? What if I want to copy a show onto CD/DVD to save it or let a friend watch a show he missed??? Currently I do this via SVideo to my HTPC. What if the scaler(?) in the HDTiVo isn't very good and I want to use an external one for SD content?

    Otherwise it sounds great!!! If anyone finds out how to get an pre-order let us know.
     
  14. Jan 8, 2004 #114 of 1440
    Bigg

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    Your TV or receiver may be able to do this. I'm not too sure. It would only be the higher end ones if it is possible.
     
  15. Jan 9, 2004 #115 of 1440
    JTAnderson

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    Does anyone know whether it will record the entire transport stream for OTA channels or only the data for the subchannel you want to record? (And, will it strip null packets to save disk space?)
     
  16. Jan 9, 2004 #116 of 1440
    hongcho

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    Only the subchannel. I am not sure about the null packets.

    Hong.
     
  17. Jan 10, 2004 #117 of 1440
    nabsltd

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    This second part is unlikely. For OTA, anyway, component is one of the specifically-permitted-at-all-times HD outputs in the FCC broadcast flag ruling.

    Secondly, since cable companies are forbidded to down-res on component as part of the plug-and-play cable ruling, I highly doubt that DirecTV (or any other satellite provider) would be allowed to.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2004 #118 of 1440
    rogo

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    Actually, the bizarre part of the plug and play rules is that >>if<< DirecTV or Dish >>is<< allowed to down rez, then cable can too.

    It's all very unlikely to come to pass, though.
     
  19. Jan 10, 2004 #119 of 1440
    Todd76

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    Great FAQ! I think you mean "east" rather than "easy." :)
     
  20. Jan 10, 2004 #120 of 1440
    dswallow

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    feldon23, as a resident of middle of the United States, has only heard stories about the eastern United States and simply experienced a moment of wishful thinking.
     

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