Tivo Central Resolution

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by steve101, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. steve101

    steve101 Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Virginia, USA


    I have a Series3 and a TivoHD both on HDTvs - the Series3 via HDMI and
    the other Component Video.

    On both the Tivo Central comes up in 720p regardless of what the current
    channel format is. If I am watching SD (480i) there is some delay while
    the resolution changes and particularly on the Series3 there is some
    screen garbling of the picture during that interval.

    It seems to me that a user selectable option for resolution of TivoCentral
    menus would be the ticket:
    Always SD (480i)
    Always HD (720p) {what it is now}
    Follow current channel
  2. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    You can set your output resolution to one of the 'fixed' formats to resolve that, and let the TiVo do the scaling.

    The flicker and garbling is from your TV, not the TiVo - it is resyncing with the new HDMI resolution.
  3. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    I experimented with the different options, native, hybrid and fixed.

    Finally stuck it on fixed 1080i and haven't looked back.

    No more flicker, less delay changing channels, and everything looks pretty darn good.

    I do only record HD content on my S3, which might make a difference.

  4. turbovr6

    turbovr6 New Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    I am still experimenting with these settings with my Sharp Aquos 1080p monitor. I like using the fixed mode at 1080i because I can set my Aquos in the Dot-to-Dot aspcet setting. This works great for programming in 1080i because the tivo does not have to convert and my Aquos just converts the 1080i to the 1080p native resolution of the screen. The concern is 720p programming. Tivo will convert to 1080i then still leaving the Aquos to upscale to 1080p. It would be nice to have a hybrid mode that keeps 1080i until you have 720p programming. That way 720p does not have to be interlaced then back to progressive. What would be better if the tivo will have a 1080p fixed output. I hope future software can address this.
  5. headroll

    headroll Let em' Roll

    Jan 20, 2003


    The problem I found with any setting besides 'Native' was that my TV SONY KDL40XBR2 could would not distinguish between resolution and therefore I could not set a custom display mode (i.e stretch, full, etc) for each resolution.

  6. steve101

    steve101 Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Virginia, USA
    That worked great - I set it on 1080i fixed, thanks for the pointer.
  7. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    Which is why I only record 16x9 Widescreen HD content on the S3.

    My TV doesn't allow stretch or zoom on HDMI or Component inputs.

  8. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    The TiVo will stretch or zoom if you want. Push the aspect button.

    I watch 4x3 content with black bars. I don't like distorted images.
  9. tlc

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002
    Funny, on my new HD, Tivo Central always comes up as 420p if I'm in Native or Hybrid. And the couple of seconds of "garbling" during the switch is excessive.

    I recently switched from a SA 8300 HD (Cablevision) to Tivo HD. There are a couple of things here that the 8300 HD does better. (And I'm a long time Tivo Lover with a S1 from 2000.)

    First of all, I strongly prefer Native output, with Hybrid coming in second. My rational is
    1) The fewer conversions the better,
    2) My (most) TVs do better scaling (if they have to) than Tivo.

    Suggestion 1: Improve the transition from one resolution to another. Yes, the TV is part of this equation, but it was never this annoying on the 8300 HD.

    Suggestion 2: Run the menus in whatever mode you were last in for video. That is if you're watching 1080i video and bring up the menus bring them up in 1080i, etc. This reduce the mode transitions by at least half for Native and Hybrid users. We know the Tivo can do menus at all these resolutions because of how it behaves when you make the resolution Fixed.


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