16:9 Aspect Ratio via S-Video cable

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by eaglecrest, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. eaglecrest

    eaglecrest New Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Does anyone know for sure if the new Tivo HD DVR outputs an anamorphic 16:9 widescreen program thru the S-Video cable?

    I live in the country and do not have cable TV. I will be recording the HD signal via my Over-the-Air antenna then transferring the program to my Panasonic DVD recorder via the S-Video connector.

    I have read that some cable boxes convert the video to 4:3 (with burned in black bars) when anything but the HDMI or Component cables are used. This happens even if the cable box is set up to output 16:9. I want to make sure the Tivo does not do the same thing.

    I realize the program will be in standard definition, but when I save programs to DVD (via the S-Video cable) I will want to preserve the anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratio.

  2. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    Yes, if you monkey with the settings, you will get what you need. I don't know the exact ones offhand, but it can be done.

    TV Aspect Ratio - 4x3, 16x9
    Aspect Mode - Panel, Full, Zoom

    (it ain't zoom.) ;)
  3. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    If you set the Series3 or TiVoHD to show 16x9, then the output via composite/s-video will be "squished" and should make a DVD that will play back properly on a 16x9 TV. I wish this was optional, as I'd like to connect a 4x3 TV to my Series3 along with a 16x9 HDTV and have them both look right.

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