OK, I have a couple of new questions, if anyone would like to try to help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.
1.) Am I able to use a Tivo HD DVR with my Verizon FiOS service? Is Tivo service compatible with FiOS cable service? Could I connect my FiOS Motorola STB/DVR to a Tivo DVR and then use the Tivo DVR to record programs from my FiOS set-top cable box/DVR? If so, does anyone know if a Tivo DVR is likely to have a Component Video Input, and if it does, is it possible that it would accept and recognize a .720p or .1080i signal? Or, like my DVD Recorder, would it only accept a .480i Input signal?
I don't know anything about Tivo services, so I apologize if my questions seem foolish. I'm just wondering if it may be possible to use Tivo as a go-between from my FiOS DVR to my DVD Recorder, so that I will be able to have a way to record the 16:9 image from my FiOS DVR while set to .720p or .1080i. I'm guessing that if the Tivo box will accept and capture a .720p or .1080i signal via its Component Video Input, I could record the 16:9 video from my FiOS DVR to the Tivo box's hard drive, then, assuming it can send out a 16:9 signal at .480i (which it may not be able to), get the 16:9 video image to one of my DVD Recorders. Does anyone know if this is feasible?
I do not currently have a Tivo box, but I was looking around on the Tampa Craigslist and came across an ad for a "TiVo Premier Premiere HD" that mentioned the possiblity of using it with FiOS cable service, so I thought it may be worth looking in to.
If anyone would like to check out the Tivo box I'm referring to, here's the link: http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/ele/1887363557.html
And, 2.) Since someone mentioned that I may not actually have to have a Component Video Downconverter to convert the .720p/.1080i signal for the output on my DVR down to .480i, and that I actually might be able to just use a Component-to-S-Video Converter as a way to get a 16:9 signal from the Component Video Output on my FiOS DVR to my Polaroid DVD Recorder (and then, hopefully, through to my Panasonic DVD Recorder), I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a Component-to-S-Video Converter that I could check out? I'd like to try to get a good quality converter, but also one that I will realistically be able to afford, so under $100 or so would be nice.
I'm guessing this Component-to-S-Video Converter would like be a viable option for me, since, from what I understand, the S-Video Input on a DVD Recorder can actually accept a signal at .720p or .1080i, whereas the Component Video Input will only accept a .480i signal. Or am I wrong about this? Will the S-Video and/or Composite Inputs also only recognize a .480i signal?
I hope that wasn't overly thorough, and therefore confusing. I will stop writing now, in hopes of someone having a realistic chance at helping me out. And thanks again for all of the replies!
- AzAssassin, a.k.a. BillyJackAz