New hd Tivo and OTA guide question

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dadx2, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. dadx2

    dadx2 I am Hence I Tivo

    Oct 14, 2002


    I would like to buy a new hd tivo for recording OTA hd. But I need to know these these before going forth! :eek:

    1) How does the tivo know guide info for my ota signal?
    b) Can I get a larger hard drive
    iii) How does bais cable look on this new tivo?

  2. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    TiVo asks your zip code during guided setup. It then downloads your guide data, like it would for regular cable, based on the listings on After you run guided setup, you can go in and specify which stations you actually can receive OTA and check signal strength. When I set up my OTA stations, my TiVo had guide information for a lot of stations in my surrounding area that were WAY out of range of my antenna. I simply removed them from the "channels I receive". So, to summary, OTA guide data is downloaded from your internet connection -- the "guide information" embedded in OTA digital signals is completely ignored.

    You can get a bigger hard drive from See their website for details.

    I assume you meant "basic cable". I think it looks slightly better on a high definition set because I used a fixed resolution at 720p, which means standard television is upconverted to a higher resolution. But, in reality, you probably couldn't tell much of a difference between the TivoHD and older series 2 TiVos with standard definition video.
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Or, who seem to be less expensive.
  4. dadx2

    dadx2 I am Hence I Tivo

    Oct 14, 2002
    Thanks for the replys. It's good to know that I can get the guide info for the local hd stations without the need for digital cable.
  5. TydalForce

    TydalForce Active Member

    Feb 8, 2006


    I think it depends on what you're comparing it to. If you've got a Series 2 and you're swapping it out for the new one, you'll probably notice a slight improvement (better encoder basically) but it's not going to be huge. I noticed an improvement on analog cable through my Series 3 compared to my previous Humax DRT800. I've heard similar stories from others, but it's not going to magically turn analog cable into high definition of course.

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