OK, it sounds like DTV blew up (or about to blow up) my pair of long ignored workhorse DTV S2's - so pretty soon I may need to upgrade. I am considering my options, and XL4 sounds like not a bad idea as I need 4 tuners, but given my home setup - I had a few questions before taking the plunge
First of all, I've read that Premiere's SD and HD outputs are active at same time - is this still true and is it true for XL4? I was hoping to use my SD video distribution system while still using HDMI for my living room TV. And does SD output work for non-TV content (youtube, netflix, etc?)? Are there any wierd DRM issues with SD output?
Second, someone once said that secret to marital bliss is his and hers Tivos. I want some MRV option to be able to watch two things at once. Is there still no subscription-free/recorder-free MRV option for the Tivo? I want to have ability to watch two separate things at same time, and would really like to have no fans/hard drives in the bedroom while having an HD option. I suppose I could get two non-XL4's, but it does not solve the bedroom problem and it will mean two subscriptions instead of one.
Last question is - is there a way to playback local video content on the new Tivo's? I.e. either UP&P/DNLP or better yet play media directly from a local a computer share? And if it can, does the media have to be converted for compatibility ahead of time?