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I'm planning on buying a widescreen tv (Samsung HLR5678W it looks like) that will allow HD. I have a TiVo S2 standalone. Comcast San Francisco tells me that I'll need a new cable box and that I can choose between a 2000, a 5100, and a 6412 by going down to the cable store and swapping out my existing motorola digital box.

Anyone have any experience with any of these boxes? The comcast rep indicated that the serial port is enabled (but I've been told things by comcast in the past that turned out not to be the case) so that shouldn't pose a problem. They aslso said that they had s-video, which would be a step up from the rca cables.

I think the 6412 is a DVR as well - any problems using that for recording HD and using my TiVo for regular non-HD recording?

Thoughts on what I should expect for picture quality from the TiVo on the big tv?

Anything I'm missing that I should be considering?

Thanks.
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Thanks for the response. I have some followup questions:

On recording with the TiVo, if I have the 6412 going to the TiVo, then to the TV, would I not have the option of recording all non-HD on the TiVo, leaving the HD for recording on the 6412?

When you say that "TiVo and standard def TV aren't going to look as good." - do you mean as good as on a conventional (non-HD) tv? I know not to expect them to look as good as the HD signal, but with digital cable I'd not expect them to look worse than on my current 4:3 tv.

Thanks again. I love this forum for just the type of knowledgeable responses as you gave. After looking in avsforums, I'm changing my mind about the tv and have started looking at the Toshiba 56MX195. Isn't the internet great?
 

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ZikZak- Thanks again for your response. After pondering what you wrote, I think I'm going to:
1) split the cable for two feeds
2) one feed to the 6412 for pure digital and HD - using hdmi to the tv
3) the second feed to the TiVo for SD on whatever channels the TiVo will recognize without a cablebox (2 to 80-something, I think) - using s-video to the tv

It took awhile for what you wrote to sink in, and I realized the sequence I had in mind (6412 -> TiVo -> TV) would be a disaster as everything would be downscaled to the TiVo's resolution - not good.

Also, I have come to the conculsion that barring a miracle, the 6412 does not have serial channel control, and that the "serial" the comcast reps were talking about was SATA, as that is new to the 6412 phase III and I can find no reference, no diagram that would support serial control. Although I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised.

So I'll be left with the ability to record HD (and all channels) on the 6412 with 2 tuners and channels 2 to 80-something on the TiVo (which is the vast majority of my recording in any case).

I think I've got it covered. If I'm missing anything, let me know.

Thanks again!
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PatMcNJ said:
I know this is sort of an old thread, but this is my issue EXACTLY, how to set up my new Plasma TV this weekend, trying to use my Tivo series 2 to at least record basic tv stations in non-HD. In the above prior post, I do not understand HOW this would work. How would the Tivo record the stations? It does not need to change stations on the cable box, it can tune them in on its own?
Exactly. One cable has been split so it now goes to the Tivo and the 6412 dvr cable box. The Tivo uses it's internal tuner for channels 2-80 something. The 6412 dvr cable box uses it's two internal tuners for all channels available through your cable system. Each has a connection to the tv using a separate input.

Works pretty well, although the Tivo 3 will be (I hope) much better. Good luck!
 
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