TiVo has arrived!

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by nocomp, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Qu1nt

    Qu1nt New Member

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    That's interesting .. It's definately outputting 1080i and I'd agree that the SD picture is certainly better.

    The menu etc is pin sharp but ITV HD & BBC One HD are not much better than their SD feeds :confused:

    I'll check some other channels tonight. Incidently what size screen are you watching ?

    Chris
     
  2. warrenrb

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    I don't think everything broadcast on BBC One HD or ITV HD is actually HD content. Some of it is upscaled SD. They are just 'simul-cast' versions of the SD channels, so when the programme wasn't made in HD it won't look any better?

    Am I right on this guys?
     
  3. jonphil

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    Have a 40" Sharp Quattron. Certainly things I have watched on Discovery HD have been pin sharp.
    HD on demand has also been just as crisp.
    As for SD I'm thinking cable is either better or Tivo is actually upscalling the output via HDMI.
     
  4. VirginMediaPhil

    VirginMediaPhil New Member

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    I'm liking the fact that this forum is getting some real good discussion going and we even have the obligatory pinned topics courtesy of Carl. :p

    I still feel like an outsider of this forum however; I never owned a TiVo S1 and have yet to receive any contact about the new VM TiVo. I only joined to give my input on one topic but this forum has given some real good discussion on several pre-existing and current TiVo topics which aren't discussed elsewhere.

    Anyway, back on topic!
     
  5. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Seriously? That's unusual :p
     
  6. Qu1nt

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    Had a good look at other HD channels (like Discovery HD) & they look fine, it must just be the upscaled programs like the news on ITV HD that look little better on a larger screens.
     
  7. Steve5424

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    The programme will have a little White HD next to the title if it's actually in HD on any of the HD channels.
     
  8. warrenrb

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    So I've been wondering, if I record something on an HD channel, that is only SD originally, am I wasting disk space (is it upscaled to HD?), and would I be better off recording it from the SD channel?

    For example, Match of the Day is not yet HD as I understand it, so should I just record it from 101, rather than 108 (BBC One HD)?
     
  9. scgf

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    Essentially yes. The difference is that on an HD channel the broadcaster will have upscaled it to 1080i whereas on an SD channel your TiVo will be doing the upscaling. The space taken up on your hard drive will be less in the second case but the results IME are better. At least they are with the V+ box. I am constantly surprised at how much better VM's SD channels look compared to Sky or Freeview. On occasions I have to press the info button to verify whether I am watching HD or not! That was never the case with Sky!
     
  10. warrenrb

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    I thought as much, thanks. I'd better go check my Series Links...

    Out of interest - I've got TiVo a week today and I've used about 32% space (I've gone mad on Series Links for the kids at the moment, for the novelty of it). How's everyone else getting on? Anyone filled it yet?
     
  11. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    TIVO has arrived in the Waring house :D:D:D:D
     
  12. Tim L

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    It has arrived here too! By fantastic timing the plasma TV I'd ordered arrived while the engineers were here, so I got them to help me unpack it and put it on its stand. Can't really fault the service there!

    However I haven't had chance to play with any of it yet, as am having a nightmarish day working from home. :(
     
  13. Karnak

    Karnak 'Local'

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    My new TV is due to arrive the same day as TiVo... Hopefully before/at the same time!
     
  14. kmusgrave

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    Did they phone before they arrived? I'm still waiting for mine. They said the afternoon slot, but not sure what time that is. 12-6?
     
  15. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Yes and yes. I got a call only 5 mins before.
     
  16. kmusgrave

    kmusgrave New Member

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    Doorbell rang 5 minutes after I posted - there was a man with a Tivo box under his arm :D

    Just calling back to base now.
     
  17. Zaichik

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    Shouldn't you change your tagline then because you may be a lurker but you're TiVo-less no longer? :D
     
  18. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    I would but I'm too busy setting up my Harmony Remote and Series Links :p
     
  19. passingbat

    passingbat New Member

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    What are you using for the harmony; something from the database or adding to/modifying your current V+?
     
  20. Dave Knight

    Dave Knight VM TiVo User (yay!)

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    Yay, TiVo is installed, took them 2+ hours, took a while for it to download TV Guide apparently, though with a 10mb connection, I can't quite understand why, as a previous S1 owner they didn't have to go through how to use TiVo of course, so a relatively easy install for the 2 guys. They rang 10 minutes before they arrived, but wasn't expecting it take so long just to swap a box and download some updates!

    Now waiting for little ones to go to bed so I can have a proper play and put on all my season passes/wishlists.

    I've already set a few programmes to remote record via the website then my iPhone - like it :)

    Good riddance to V+, I've had 2 years without TiVo as my main PVR and having TiVo back is just great !!

    :up::up::up:
     

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