TiVo HD Connection Question

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  1. Sbmocp

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    I have a new TiVo HD and it's connected to my pre/pro via HDMI cable. Every once in a while I'd like to simply turn on the TV and watch without firing up the entire system.

    My plasma has extra HDMI inputs and a component input as well. Is ther such a thing as an HDMI splitter? If I hooked the HD up via component, is there a possibility that I either wouldn't get full resolution, or that some material wouldn't play out the component jacks?

    Just curious, as I'd have to order a new set of component cables if I went that direction...
     
  2. tiassa

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    There are HDMI splitters, but sometimes things get wacky with the DRM aspects when using them. Were I in your position (and I am, sort of), I'd hook the component cables up to the TV and swap inputs using the TV. All the outputs on a Tivo are "live" all the time, and AFAIK you don't lose any resolution on component vs HDMI. All HDMI does is give you one cable instead of 5 and handles the ever popular DRM
     
  3. Sbmocp

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    tiassa, thanks for the info. I know that some devices will cut off their component outputs depending on DRM, so I didn't know if that might happen on the TiVo. Sounds like a hole in the DRM to me... :D
     
  4. lessd

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    Depending on the TV if the HDMI looks active to the TiVo-HD the other outputs will not work (thanks to DRM). So if you change inputs on your TV and the TV keeps the HDMI active you will only see a message on the other outputs, if the TV turns off the HDMI when it's on a different input you should be OK.
     
  5. Sbmocp

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    Hmmm...in my case the HDMI would be connected to the pre/pro, which would likely be powered off, when I'd want to just watch the TiVo on the TV. It looks like I'll need to experiment a bit to see what the outcomes would be. Thanks for the additional insight.
     

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