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|Will the non HD picture using the non-HD Tivo reciever be comparable to the HD reciever that's using DVI output watching non-HD programing
They should be about the same, but this would depend on the quality of the upconversion from your set. It's possible that SD through s-video from the DirecTivo will actually look better than those same SD channels upconverted through DVI/HDMI by your HDTV receiver.
|or should I watch most programing on the HD reciever and only use the Tivo reciever for recording non-HD stuff..it seems such a waste doing it that way and I hope I can fully use the Tivo to the max.
I would watch all your HDTV programs on the HDTV receiver and all SD programs on the DirecTivo.
Obviously, the ideal solution would be the HDTV DirecTivo
, so you would get the best of both worlds. The HDTV DirecTivo has four tuners (two OTA and two satellite), so you can record any combination of two different local or satellite HDTV channels. It has a 250Gb drive for 30 hours of HDTV storage or 200 hours of SDTV storage. Several third-parties like Weaknees
sell drive upgrade kits to upgrade the HDTV DirecTivo to 70+ hours of HDTV storage.
You didn't mention the HDTV DirecTivo
in your post, so I'm assuming it's out of your price range? The HDTV DirecTivo is currently $900 through mail order, although many long-time subscribers have received an additional $200-$300 credit toward the purchase from DirecTV customer retention. The effective cost is thus more like $600-$700.
For you, I suppose the standard DirecTivo ($49-$99) would be an interim solution until the HDTV DirecTivos
become more affordable. By this time next year, I expect they'll be closer to $700, or perhaps $400-$500 with a credit from customer retention.