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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by MickeS, Jul 24, 2007.
Interesting... Very Strange.
HDMI and DVI are electrically the same. HDMI adds additional support for audio, but as far as audio is concerned there is no difference between HDMI and DVI. You will be able to use a HDMI-DVI cable in any instance where you have one and need the other (with the caveat that you'll need to get the sound there some other way).
The capabilities are the same as the S3. Each tuner can record from any of the available sources. The only problem is that, if you have only one single-stream CableCard installed, the whole thing becomes a one-tuner device.
Do these downrez? I have a SDTV in my dorm room right now, but in a few weeks I move to a different room and will be bringing my HDTV from home. Does it have RF out and downrez HD channels?
It doesn't have an RF-out (there are two RF-ins, one for cable, one for antenna). The composite and s-video outputs are always at 480i (SD), while the component and HDMI are user-selectable between 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i.
It will down/up-convert the video as needed, based on the output setting.
I notice that the specs for the display output options list each individual resolution, but not a "native" option like on the S3. Does this mean users will have to manually switch resolutions to watch programs in their native resolution?
I really doubt it.
Likely, the S3 would output to several formats. The S3 even had a small button on the front to change such during install. If I were you, I would download a copy of the TivoHD's manual to make sure.
No. The TivoHD provides all the output choices on the Series3 -- including the native option -- plus one more.
You can see screenshots at Megazone's TivoHD Review.
I know there are a million options, but I'd like one more.
I'd love the option to run all content at 720p except 1080i content, which I would run at 1080i. On my current 1366X768 set, SD content looks best upconverted to 720p, 720p content looks best at 720p and 1080i content looks best at 1080i.
I wish the box would give me a different output resolution option for each source resolution.
Many of us have been asking for that option since the Series3 was released.
Does "dropped support" mean that no other adapters work with the HD? They never officially "supported" any other adapters, did they?
If no other adapters work now, I wonder why they made that change? I use a non-TiVo adapter with my Series 3, and it seems to work good.
Just ordered mine from the TC store. Hopefully the install for this one will go better than my S3 install. I know who to call at the cable company to get it working correctly now
I've got a grandfather eligible S1 I've been holding onto for just this day. I want to buy/pre-order the TivoHD, but all the options on the website require a subscription. Does anyone know how I can order a TivoHD without the subscription, so I can then transfer my lifetime account from my S1? Or do I have to wait until stores are selling the units, and buy from someplace else.
It seems so. Why? $$
Bad decision though.
Does anyone know if the Series 3 and the TiVoHD will, when configured with Cablecards, record from the digital simulcast channels in the "analog tier," rather than the actual analog channels.
IOW, Comcast sends two versions of each of the channels in their Expanded Basic lineup (CNN, VH-1, etc.). One version is used by cable-ready tuners and is truly analog. Another version is used by boxes like the Motorola 3416 DVR, which lacks analog tuners and encoders. These feeds are 480i digital from the head end, transmitted separately from the true analog versions. I see both sets of some of the channels using my TV's QAM tuner.
When the TiVoHD has Cablecards installed, does it use the analog channels (using its own compression and encoding) or the digital channels (using the cable company's head-end compression and encoding)?
No other wireless adapters will work at all? How can they do that? I highly doubt this, but if true those of us with brand new eSATA hard drives might be getting a little nervous. What's to prevent TiVo doing the same thing with external HDD's. barring the use of any drive other than their own impending TiVo branded drive?
When a label is generated through one of the UPS systems it creates a tracking number there on the spot. If you check the tracking it will probably just say manifest scan, billing information received, or no information found. That just means a label has been made. Once you see an origin scan, pickup scan or, location scan that means that UPS physical has the package and it is on its way.
That's an interesting question, and one that probably can only be reliably answered by a Tivo rep or someone who has a cable company doing digital simulcast. Are the channels mapped to their normal analog numbers when you use Comcast's box? I am willing to bet Tivo will just use the analog version.
Yes, they are mapped to their standard channel numbers (i.e., the same ones used by an analog box).
I suppose one way to know is if a Season Pass on that channel gives you the option of changing the recording quality or not. If not, then the TiVo knows the channel is digital, right?
If it just uses the analog version, that would kinda suck for hard drive space purposes because it would take up much more space at TiVo's "best" quality than it would with the cable company's compression.