Outputting via HDMI and analog RCA jacks

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mathewbeall, May 31, 2007.

  1. Interactive

    Interactive New Member

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    This thread addresses exactly what I wanted to do with my S3 setup... Unfortunately, I too, thought that the 16:9 content would be letterboxed out of the composite output to SD TV's (which is what I'd prefer over squeezing it into 4:3). Isn't there some kind of "black box" that could be used to take s-vid/composite and make it display the way we want on the SD tv's without having to adjust the Tivo settings (which would impact the component output as well...)
     
  2. Ripcord2

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    I'm looking to do the exact same thing here. I currently connect my S2 to two TVs, and am looking to do the same with a Tivo HD. Assuming that it works exactly the same as the S3, has anyone come up with a solution for this aspect problem?

    I suppose if we have to switch back and forth between 16:9 and 4:3 for shows that are HD when we go into the bedroom, it might be okay (assuming that this isn't ridiculously complicated to do)... I'm sure I'll hear complaining from my wife though =)
     
  3. Ripcord2

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    It looks like maybe with the Series 3 and HD Tivo, that changing aspect is as simple as hitting the, well, "aspect" button? If so, this might not be a big deal (only annoying if we're trying to watch TV in different rooms at the same time)
     
  4. Ripcord2

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    Since no one else seems to know, I guess I'll find out early next week... Best Buy says my order for the HD has shipped =)
     
  5. Ripcord2

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    So to answer my own question, I guess...

    I do have to use the Aspect button to switch between "appropriate" modes for the different rooms. Even SD content that is natively 4:3 ends up looking either looking "squished" on my regular 4:3 TV, or "stretched" on my 16:9 TV, depending on which setting the Tivo's in. However, they couldn't make it easier to switch between modes (just press the Aspect button on the remote (or "window" button on the old remote), and this is an acceptable solution for us.
     
  6. Ripcord2

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    Okay, I guess I spoke a little too soon.

    Looks like if the source footage is 16:9 (and, presumably, some hi-def resolution), the Tivo does downscale it fine, but the aspect button doesn't really work. To make things formatted appropriately for the different screens, you have to go into settings and change the TV type from 16:9 (or smartscreen) to 4:3, and there's no shortcut for that. That's a little more irritating.

    If anyone has any better experiences, please share with the rest of us. Otherwise I'll just keep talking to myself in the thread here =)
     
  7. ljiminez

    ljiminez New Member

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    Couldn't one of the macro enabled programmable remotes be used to 'simulate' that shortcut ?
     
  8. Ripcord2

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    I suppose, though you have to go through about 5 or 6 screens (even with shortcuts) and then back to whatever program you were watching (which is probably impossible to macro unless you're watching live TV, and even then the remote wouldn't know). Also means you need a macro-enabled remote in each room that you have the Tivo connected.
     
  9. Interactive

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    Has anyone found a good work-around for this? I was planning to set up my 2nd TV soon via the composite outputs of my S3. Seems that by now, someone would have figured something out for this.
     

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