Dark picture

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  1. acar1944

    acar1944 acar1944

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    When I watch tv without the tivo it is fine. When recording with tivo in the best quality the recorded picture is very dark . I have used all the different cable hook up's. Anybody know what might be the problem. Thanks
    Aaron :thumbsdown:
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Need more information ....

    * Tivo model number?
    * Brand/model TV?
    * How is the Tivo connected to your TV (inputs/outputs, cables, connections)?
    * What is your video source (Cable TV, Cable Box, satellite receiver)?
    * Have you tried resetting/rebooting your Tivo?
    * Does this happen on all channels? Which one(s)?
     
  3. acar1944

    acar1944 acar1944

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    Series 2 Tivo 80 purchased from best buy 2-18-06. It was my second one, had to take back first one due to picture quality. This one was not much better. It has never had the quality I wanted. Picture is dark on all channels when watching live tv through the tivo as well as when you record. I have adjusted my tv, even calibrated it, also purchased a cable amp booster, none of which helps much. My cable co. is Vista 3 media.
    Tv is a 42 inch Sony. Cable Connected to tivo straight from cable. Source to tv is composite a/v cables. Thanks,
    Aaron
     
  4. chip_r

    chip_r Member

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    Have you tried ...

    1) Other composite inputs on your TV (assuming it has others).
    2) S-Video input on your TV (if available).
    3) Connecting the dark TiVo to another TV.
    4) Another set of A/V cables.
    5) Playing the recorded shows back on a computer (using TivoToGo)
     
  5. acar1944

    acar1944 acar1944

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    I have tried every cable there is. I have not tried the tivo on another tv. I don't know what tivo to go is. It would not be worth moving to another tv. If it is this much trouble I may as well just get me a dvr and forger tivo. Thanks,
    Aaron
     
  6. chip_r

    chip_r Member

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    The A/V cable was probably the most unlikely problem but I figured I'd mention that.

    If I had to guess, it sounds like the A/V input's black level may be off. I've had this problem before on one TV set but there isn't much you can do about it other making picture adjustments (contrast/brightness). Kind of annoying, I know.

    Just moving your Tivo to another set as a quick check might isolate the problem.

    TivoToGo is a program you can run on a PC to watch programs recorded on your Series 2 Tivo. Here's a link if you're interested:

    http://www.tivo.com/mytivo/domore/tivotogo/index.html
     
  7. acar1944

    acar1944 acar1944

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    Thanks for your help. I will investigate the tivo to go. If necessary I will move the tivo to another tv. Only problem here is that I do not have the input on the other tv's as I do this sony. I may have to get off tivo service as it just not worth the cost for the service I'm getting. Thanks again,
    Aaron
     

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