My decade-old Toshiba Series 2/DVD player with free TiVo Basic service has a progressing problem. Video got dark, red-shifted, and wobbly/fuzzy in recent months, and in the past month it began intermittently going to black for a few seconds when playing back a TiVo recording or watching live TV (though sound is unaffected). This week my device reports no Cable TV input; except during "blinks" menus work but are now superimposed on a black screen. Built-in troubleshooting didn't resolve anything. I can now only play back old recordings (with poor video as I was getting from watching live TV until that went black this week).
Scanning this forum for ideas, I rebooted the Toshiba and converter boxes, without effect. All cables are securely connected. I connected my Comcast HD coax cable service and SD converter box directly to the TV RF input and got a bright, steady, properly-colored, blink-free picture, so the problem seems to be the TiVo unit itself.
Issue 1: Any other fix ideas for this beloved relic?
Issue 2: If it's dead, my non-monthly fee replacement options seem limited (Full TiVo would have cost me $1000+ over the past 10 years, during which time Tivo Basic service has been peachy), but watching commercials again is a drag. Reviews for new stand-alone DVRs aren't good, leading me to seek out used device with TiVo Basic service attractive. Two questions:
- Would any used Toshiba SD-H400 offer me TiVo Basic? Some I find on eBay say they do, some say not, though tivopedia says they all came with TiVo Basic Service.
- Same questions about the Pioneer DVR-810H-S, as well as any general guidance about this machine?
Grateful for your thoughts...