Originally Posted by Gasturbine
Thanks for the in depth response!
So let me ask you this, should I simply keep my DirecTV TiVo? My only complaints on it, is bad decoding for surround sound...I get pops and chirps on most 5.1 supported programming, and of course, rain fade.
Those are really my main reasons for switching...sounds like I might just be replacing my problems with other problems, yes?
Oh, and the dealing with TWC have already started...the absolute worst in customer service.
Unfortunately, dlfl's response, although informative, isn't really in-depth under the circumstances.
An in-depth response would run to much more than one page.
The TiVos which are digital cable compatible are the three different Series 3 models (the original, often called the S3 OLED, which is the TCD648250, the S3 HD, the TCD652160, and the HD XL, the TCD658000, which looks just like an HD), the various Series 4 models, most of which are named the Premiere something or the other, and the very recently released Series 5 models, the Roamio variations.
And then there are a couple of auxilliary units, the mini and the stream.
(Rather unhelpfully, TiVo put the letters HD on the box of the original S3, and then brought out two more Series 3 platform models and called one the HD and the other the HD XL, so often people talking about them don't realize that each other doesn't know which one the other one is talking about, even though they think that they do.)
The S3s can also do analog cable if there's any of that left on your TWC system, and can do digital broadcast stations as well.
I think one or more of the S4 or S5 models don't do Over The Air, or don't do analog cable, or both, but I haven't memorized which is which.
My experience, and at this point my interest, pretty much stops with S3s.
If you want to get TW's Switched Digital Video channels, you'll need a Tuning Adapter no matter which S3, 4, or 5 you're using, in addition to at least one cable card.
If your DirecTiVo is from the Series 2 era, it (specifically the power supply) may be suffering from "capacitor plague", which has affected S2 and S3 TiVos (and lots of other consumer electronics over the last 10 to 15 years), and if so, it could cause all sorts of strange symptoms.
You should plan to do a lot of reading of old posts here at TCF and make use of the site's search function. And ask questions too.
This wasn't an indepth response either. If it were, I'd still be typing.