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Series 3 to Tivo Desktop Quality

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by douglaskeene, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. douglaskeene

    douglaskeene New Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    I am trying to archive some tivo programs onto a home computer so I can delete them from the Series 3 hard drive and make room. I use Tivo Desktop Pro and the quality seems good, but not as good as the original. Is there any objective evidence that Tivo Desktop maintains the quality of the original or not? I hate to delete some shows until I understand this issue. I only record in highest quality, and transfer the programs to the desktop using tivo software. The Tivo Desktop images seem slightly more pixelated. Thanks
  2. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Digital is copied bit for bit, so it should be the same.

    Have you tested moving the content BACK to the tivo to see the result?
  4. PCurry57

    PCurry57 Liberal Hippie Chick

    Feb 27, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Are you transcoding the file for portables after, I'd so and you check delete original then yes you are losing some quality. The original transferred is exactly as it was recorded on your TiVo.
  5. douglaskeene

    douglaskeene New Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Thanks All
    I am merely transferring the files from the Tivo Series 3 to a home theater PC running Tivo Desktop Pro. Playing them, then, with Windows Media Player or something similar, the pictures seem not as good. I don't want to play them on an Ipod or something. . Before I delete the originals, I want to make sure I have as good a copy as possible! Thanks
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I don't use Tivo Desktop Plus, so I don't know if it automatically converts downloads. If it does, there has to be a way to turn it off.

    The easiest thing to check is the file sizes.

    On the Tivo, the program info screen should give you a file size and you can compare that with the file size on the computer.

    If they are close (within a few MB), then you have the highest quality possible.

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