What output mode is best?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mickeymammoth, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. mickeymammoth

    mickeymammoth New Member

    May 9, 2002
    Boulder, CO


    I know this is just speculation, but what output mode is best for my setup?

    My TV is a 720p HDTV (JVC rear-projection). Should I just output everything from the Tivo at 720p fixed?

    What would be the benefit of using 720p hybrid mode (HD at 720p, SD at 480p)? I think my TV will just upconvert the 480p signal anyway.

    Any idea what the quality of the Tivo up and down converters will be vs. my 2-year old TV?
  2. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I'd play around and see what looks best for you.
  3. terryfoster

    terryfoster TiVo Pioneer

    Jul 21, 2003
    Dayton, OH
    Amnesia is right try them all out and see what looks best to you. I will use "better" to mean what looks better to your eye.

    The question is which device has the better scalar? Your HDTV will convert any signal it gets to 720p for display. If you feed it 720p then it doesn't have to scale the image. So if the TiVo does a better job than your HDTV for converting a 1080i signal to a 720p then choose 720p fixed or hybrid. If your HDTV does a better job of converting 480p to 720p than the TiVo then choose 720p hybrid.

    I personally would like to see one more option available. "Native w/o 480i" would give me exactly the option I have with my current DVR. So convert 480i to 480p and leave the rest alone.
  4. mickeymammoth

    mickeymammoth New Member

    May 9, 2002
    Boulder, CO
    Thanks, I was afraid you were going to tell me to try every combo! I think I'll try 720p fixed at first :)
  5. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV


    It depends for me. For sports or other programs with lots of camera movement 1080i output works better. For almost everything else 720p works better. I went in the menu on the Tivo to make it so that the up arrow key only goes between 720p and 1080i.

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