I tried to search for commentary on this, so if existing posts are out there I apologize... I did see the threads on the other cable boxes and this issue, but wanted to see if anyone had specific advice for the TIVO. I fear the issue may be the same.
I recently got a Tivo HD because I couldn't stand the Time Warner DVR. The tivo works great, but I am having trouble determining the best output format for the TIVO and the best aspect ratio setting.
I have tried to use "native" on the Tivo. However, when I do this, the TIVO menu system is output in 720p, high def channels in 1080i, standard def in 480i. When I switch from a high def channel to the Tivo menu, the TV goes though a seizure reseting to the other resolution. It literally takes about 5 seconds for the picture to be restored and it isn't just blank screen is it flashing images, etc. This also happens if I switch from a SD to a high-def channel. When I had the cable box, it output 480i and 1080i and the switch didn't seem so bad. I don't have the box anymore to try it again.
My other choice is to do set the output to 1080i fixed. This way the TIVO is always putting out 1080i so I don't get any resyncing. The menu looks worse, but the SD channels look about the same to my eye.
Does anyone know how the TIVO does on this up-conversion?
The aspect ration setting also has this "Smart Screen" setting that is supposed to do 4:3 for SD and 16:9 on HD, but this also seems to cause havok on the TV when switching.
Any other ideas how to minimize this resync time and visual effects?
For now I am running in 1080i fixed.
Finally, anyone have any other settings/tuning for use with the TIVO? I am going to have my set up calibrated in about 2-3 weeks, but until then I have been using the settings on page 1 and it looks pretty nice.
Thanks in advance.