Originally Posted by jscozz
HomeUser, are you saying they look as good as they do on the PC without degradation?
No. They can't, really.
The TiVo uses SD resolution (704x480 -- actually a bit less, to account for overscan) in the built-in picture viewer. (This hasn't been upgraded for the HDUI, and probably won't be.) TiVo Desktop will scale pictures down to that resolution, if necessary (as in most cases). For pictures below the requested size, AFAIK TD passes them through as-is. BUT -- in addition to leaving the screen unfilled -- these pictures appear in the wrong aspect ratio, since the images on your computer use (almost certainly) square pixels, and the SD video mode does not. (For these reasons, unlike TD, pyTivo resizes pictures that are below the requested size, as well as those above it.)
You can get a better picture via the "HD Photos" HME app, which will appear under the "Showcases and Apps" menu rather than "Music and Photos". This app uses a 1280x720 resolution (actually less), and that mode has square pixels. The colors are better, too, or at least different. But most of the pictures you have will probably still have to be scaled down to fit the screen.
I'm pretty sure the only differences in those versions are related to videos, not photos or music.