Advertisements Hi, guys. I just hooked up my Tivo HD unit a few days ago. I have standard basic cable. No digital. No hi-def anything. I basically just fed the incoming coaxial cable into the TivoHD, and from there, the signal goes to my standard CRT TV. However, I'm a little frustrated. It seems that the picture quality that I'm seeing through my cable has slightly degraded by having the TivoHD as the middleman. I know people sometimes complain of having various problems that result in "tiling" and outright unwatchable signals. Make no mistake, the effect I'm talking about is more subtle than that. My TV picture is worsened, but rather than outright "tiling," the images onscreen look almost like they've been subtly "simplified." Almost like they've been put through the "Paint Daubs" filter in Photoshop. The images also look slightly more distant, like I'm looking at them through a very subtly opaque membrane. Often times I will see a lot of active "noise" (more subtle than "macro blocking") on screen, even when there is no action onscreen. For example, a couple days ago, an episode of "Yes Dear" was on. There were shots in a hosptal room in which the camera was completely still. In the background there was some relatively plain wallpaper, yet there was a noticeable amount of "noise" dancing around on the wallpaper (and noticing that made me notice the fact that there was subtle noise dancing around everything else on screen too). I quickly removed the cable from the Tivo and plugged it into the TV. The dancing noise was gone. Mind you, I'm not talking about playback of Tivo recordings. This is watching Live TV. (And I'm quite sure that this "paint daubs" effect is also transferred to any Tivo recordings I make.) Just this afternoon, I was playing around with my setup to understand the problem better before I posted here. USA was playing an episode of Monk. I tried hooking the cable directly into the back of my CRT TV. Okay, it looked relatively normal. The picture looked "there." Then I hooked the cable into my VCR, and then ran a coax from the VCR to the TV. It looked pretty identical. Then I tried running the incoming cable into the Tivo, and then into the TV. Boom, instant (yet subtle) and annoying change. I was getting that "paint daubs" filter effect on everything. The picture no longer looked like it was fully "there." (As I type this, I realize what I'm describing might be common traits of when digital compression become noticeable to a viewer.) Is there any remedy to this? Is this something that always happens (yet is never mentioned) when one hooks up a Tivo to standard cable? In my previous post to this site (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=380457) a helpful responder (bkdtv) recommended that even though cable cards aren't necessary with analog cable, that I might consider having cable cards installed anyway. I think his gist was that I would experience improved picture quality. Is THIS the type of thing he might've been talking about? Tell me, if I were to follow this advice and have cable cards installed, might this rememdy the phenomenon I'm seeing? Thanks for reading.