TiVoHD w/o HDTV

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by csallen, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. csallen

    csallen New Member

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    I've been a happy TiVo subscriber for more than 4 years with 3 Series 2 TiVo boxes. I want to add yet another TiVo box to the mix but have not made the plunge into HDTV.

    My plan is to go ahead and purchase TiVOHD so I get my additional box and use it with my SDTV.

    I'm assuming the TiVOHD box will work as my Series 2 but with cable cards - no more clutter which is good. Then when I'm ready to take the HDTV plunge I'm covered at least with one TiVO. I am looking forward to the SD 180 storage capacity

    I RCN cable card installed scheduled for tomorrow :)

    Am I missing anything?
     
  2. Maeglin

    Maeglin New Member

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    By getting an HD TiVo box, you're at least sticking your foot in the water... maybe not a plunge, but it's not a complete avoidance either :) If you weren't thinking of HD down the road, I'd call it overkill, but since you are it might be a good investment.

    If you're wondering whether an HD TiVo will work with an SD TV, of course it will. That's what the composite and S-Video connections are useful for.
     
  3. zoma4

    zoma4 New Member

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    This is a pretty good idea IMO. You will be preparing yourself for the time when you get an HDTV.

    By doing this, you won't have to worry much about changes to your setup when you get your HDTV down the road. Aside from needing to change out hardware, get cable cards, etc, you also won't need to shell out more money to modify your configuration. For the most part, all you will need to do is buy the new TV, put it in your living room, connect it to the Tivo, and call the cable company to activate the HD channels on your cable card (I'm not sure if that requires a visit or not... probably depends on the cable company).

    We are currently in a period where HDTV prices are falling every day, and there are occasionally some incredible deals on plasmas and LCDs. This move will probably make it very tempting to jump on one of them because there is very litte extra costs or setup involved!
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    For now, there are no transfer features, and the transfer features may not transfer everything when they get enabled, and, at least in the beginning, you cannot transfer HD recordings to S2s. And it has only A/V out, no RF.

    180Hrs is at analog Basic quality. Digital SD is usually somewhere between Basic and Medium. HD 1/4th or so that.
     
  5. designbot

    designbot Internet Cliché

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    I'm using a TiVo HD with a standard TV right now. I chose it over a Series 2 for the dual tuners, the ability to record a direct digital stream without recompressing, and for futureproofing when I finally do get an HDTV.

    It works great. You can even record HD shows and watch them on your regular TV, which is kind of a bizarre experience. You can really see the difference.
     
  6. csallen

    csallen New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your great replies. I do appreciate it! Off to Costco tonight :)

    I am thinking about doing the HDTV plunge after Christmas - so this is a first step.
     
  7. Slyvella

    Slyvella TiVo newbie

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    Costco? I am in Seattle and our local Costco does not carry the Series 3 TiVo. I talked to an associate at the warehouse and they said it was set up in their system and then removed. So I would definitely check before making the trip.

    I ended up buying it from amazon.
     
  8. xxx

    xxx New Member

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    they were talking about the the tivo hd, which seems to be plenty in the local bay area costcos. the amazon price does seem like a better deal though.
     

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