Registered: May 2002
I get HDTV as well as analog TV over cable using a digital cable tuner (Time Warner Cable and a Scientfic Atlanta 3100 HD). I split the cable and run it directly into both my Tivo and my cable box. I use Tivo to record any analog shows I want (which happen to be almost entirely in the analog tier of shows so I don't even record from the cable box; I use the internal tuner in the Tivo) and play them back as analog video on my HDTV. For HDTV channels (of which there are still relatively few: the major networks, Showtime and HBO from cable, HD-Net or Discovery-HD are available on DirecTV and DISH Network, respectively), I am "stuck" with watching only "live" TV. It's certainly less convenient and flexible than watching TV through Tivo, but the video quality of analog TV, made slightly worse by its journey through the Tivo (even at "best" recording quality) can't hold a candle to the quality of a good HDTV show.
Of course, I'd love to be able to combine Tivo and HDTV directly. The closest thing out there that I've heard of is the Scientific Atlanta 8000 PVR/digital cable tuner, which is supposed to be HD-capable. Unfortunately, it does NOT use Tivo software, so many of the great features of Tivo software (season passes, wish lists, search by title, etc.) are not available. It's just time & channel-based recording. It's also in very limited distribution yet so I can't vouche for it's recording quality for either analog or HD TV.
So HDTV and Tivo CAN live together, but the relationship is not yet ideal.
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