bkdtv said:TivoHD Advantages
- MSRP is $500 less ($299 vs $799)
- TivoHD has ~7% faster CPU (450 MIPS vs 420 MIPS)
- TivoHD has twice the system memory (256MB vs 128MB)
- Supports MCARDs out of the box.
- Newer QAM/VSB demodulation chips for potentially improved OTA reception.
- New, dedicated hardware for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 SD->SD and HD->SD transcoding
- Could allow HD->SD MRV with older Series2 Tivos
- Could allow TivoToGo and MRV to support content flagged as "copy one generation" (via downres)
- Could allow Tivo to use TivoToGo and MRV to record and stream content for which they cannot obtain Cable Labs approval to pass (via down-res)
- Could allow place-shifting like Slingbox (thanks megazone)
- Real-time transcoding could eliminate the need to do it in software, reducing the licensing fees for the Tivo Desktop software.
- Consumes less power.
- No lifetime transfers.
- Smaller hard drive (160GB vs 250GB).
- eSATA expansion is not yet functional (Kickstart 62 method does not work).
- No THX certification.
- No piano black enclosure with OLED display.
- No slick, learning remote (sold separately for $50).
- No bundled HDMI cable.
- Drivers for new components potentially less mature / optimized.
- Ships with older 8.1.x branch of Tivo software, which doesn't have all the performance improvements of the 8.3.x branch on the Tivo Series3.
- Potentially slower disk I/O, which may hurt responsiveness.
The Broadcom BCM7401 in the TivoHD has a single 1.5Gbps SATA channel that is "split" for the internal SATA and eSATA connections using the Silicon Image SiI5723. In contrast, the BCM7038 in the Series3 had a dual-channel SATA controller, so no "splitting" was required. This may negatively impact disk I/O when both internal and eSATA drives are used, and Tivo responsiveness is highly dependent on disk I/O. The SiI5723 does support several RAID modes that could potentially improve random I/O.
What do the recorders have to do with SDV? Other than competition of human resources. (maybe I answered my own question).bkdtv said:In the near future? Probably not. HD-DVD and Blu-ray writers are still too expensive.
If Tivo is able to address the SDV issue, that is something I would look for in 2H 2008.
Doubtful. The new TiVo HD platform was designed with a lot of flexibility in mind - but I see no sign of support for an optical drive. The '3rd SATA' header seemed like a possibility, but consensus now is that it is simple a testing artifact and not a useful connection. And the case has holes in the sheet metal for a number of 'future' ports - but no such hole for an optical drive.gthassell said:But perhaps a TiVo HD + HD-DVD (Player Only) might be available? Personally I'd jump all over a TiVo HD + HD-DVD Player combo.
Any digital content, HD or not, would have to be transcoded into a DVD compatible format before being burned to disc. The new ViXS XCode-2115 *might* be able to do that.Also, a TiVo HD + (standard) DVD-Burner would be great. I'd drop my expanded DRT-800 (with Lifetime) in a heartbeat for that combo. Only thing better would be all of that + and HD or BluRay player.
Verified. Works the same as on the S3 (native 720p, not as good as other HD photo viewers out there).thechiz said:Can anybody who has a TiVo HD hooked up to a computer network verify if you can see your jpg photos in "HD" resolution on your HDTV ?
That it a surprise, and almost unbelievable. their wholesale price to major retailers is about $510, so there's not much room for major discounting by them.megazone said:TiVo told me they have no plans to drop the price on the original S3 at this time.