Originally Posted by Peter58Rabbit
I'm getting prepared (as best I can) for the arrival of my 58" 800U. One decision point that I'm wrestling with at present relates to what DVR should be paired with this unit.
I'm a Comcast subscriber, and I have a TIVO Series 2 DVR that's plugged into a phone line and is used to capture SD content and bank it until we can find the time to watch it. We like it. We plan on migrating it to a different room with the current Sony so that it'll be able to continue to capture content as it does. We have a lifetime service plan on it.
When the cable guy comes to upgrade our system and install the HD box, should we just do what is (short-term) cheap, and get the Comcast DVR as well, and potentially sacrifice any connectivity between the Series 2 DVR and the Comcast DVR?
The alternative, getting another TIVO (HD or HDXL) will cost a bit more to get set up, but may provide some benefits above & beyond having two independent DVRs.
One thing (besides price) that is keeping me from pulling the trigger on getting the TIVO is (my ignorance about these things is sometimes almost palpable) the statement that TIVO makes about the TIVO HD units broadcasting their recorded content in 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Will that be an issue for viewing on the Panasonic 58" 800U? I'd hate to spend the several hundred dollars for the TIVO unit, warranty, etc., and then have them come out with a unit that has the 1080p broadcast format.
In this scenario that I've played out in my mind, if I had just rented a Comcast DVR box for a few months, then I haven't made the capital investment in something technologically dated...Mind you, I'm not sure it's an issue at all, but we've all seen posts on these forums that relate to display quality issues with 1080p and 1080i
I would appreciate any input that people feel capable of giving, and if this is an issue that would be better addressed in a different forum, please advise me which one; I'm unable to clearly identify one that matches this topic.
I have owned TiVos since 2000 and my current Series3 for 3 years, so recognize that I am a TiVo enthusiast. Nevertheless, your old Series2 is entirely inappropriate for your new 800U. Any HDTV demands an HD DVR, which brings us to the next question, which one to get.
On a purely economic basis, the current TiVo HD is probably not cost effective compared to simply renting a cable company owned HD DVR for about ten bucks a month with no long term commitment. In stark contrast, you have to buy the TiVo box plus a TiVo subscription. Thus, the total cost of ownership of a TiVo HD is going to be significantly more than you will have to pay to rent a cable company owned box. Be warned, though, that the TiVo software allows you to do much more than any of the software used by the cable companies. The 800U is a premium HDTV, though, so it seems to me that the TiVo HD would be a good choice for you.
Because you are a Comcast subscriber, I assume that you have Comcast's high speed Internet. Some sort of Internet connection would be required with a TiVo HD to get the most out of it. With such a connection, the downloads of program information are much faster than they are over the telephone and you would have access to download rentals of TV shows and movies, both by Amazon Unbox and Netflix.
In addition to my S3, I rent a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR from Cox OKC, which I use for PPV programs, which no TiVo can deal with, and for overflow when I want to record more that 2 programs at a time. It makes sense to me to do this because, the Cox box doesn't cost much over and above what I have to pay for upper tier programming, which includes all of the HD.
No cable transmission has a resolution greater than 1080i. Your 800U won't care, though. It will simply upconvert it to 1080p. It will look wonderful, trust me on this. So far,1080p stuff is available only on Blu-ray. It is absolutely great but regular HD programming looks good, too, exponentially better than even the best SD.