I have two S2 Tivos (+one temporarily disconnected). I have Cablevision SD cable boxes.
The 'problem' Tivo is a S2 DT model TCD649080.
The other is a S2 Humax T800.
Problem: DT Tivo 649 - any content recorded after 2/24/13 (approx) AND any channels watched 'live' are so dark it is unusable. Basically, you can see figures moving but no real images. I have tried every combination of brightness, contrast, etc. I can think of with no noticeable change. This was all work fine in the beginning of Feb and has for the past 4-5+ years.
Content recorded earlier in February 2013 looks fine. AND - if I transfer a program from the Humax T800 to the DT 649, it plays fine. Content I move from DT 649 to Humax T800 is as dark and unusable as it is in the DT Tivo.
I have verified that bypassing the Tivo 649 and going straight from the cable box to the TV works fine.
My thinking is that there is a problem with the component(s) in Tivo 649 that capture(s) the video from the cable source. I have tried all possible alternative Tivo outputs: Svideo, composite, RF and multiple TV inputs to eliminate the obvious. I have restarted and re-powered the Tivo a few times.
My questions for the forum:
- What might I have overlooked?
- Anyone seen this before? Suggested fix?
- Does it make sense to try to repair? $ vs. remaining life?
- If I decide to try to have it repaired, do I do that with Tivo directly? Other repair options?
My dissatisfaction with Cablevision's services cannot be described with civil discourse. For example, they randomly apply changes to the STB and restart it. It does not remember the previously set volume setting, so it defaults to 17/30. When you watch a program that recorded before you found out you have to raise the STB volume, you have to BLAST the sounds around the program. Poor cable products and service along with the lack of MRV on S3 & HD Tivos has left me reluctant to upgrade. If I change to FIOS, their DVR option (includes MRV) + economics probably does not end with a new Tivo. :(
Appreciate any suggestions...