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First, there's nothing that's meant to be of personal offense in my comments, so please don't take them that way. Second, I'm not interested in a TiVo vs. ReplayTV debate either. I'm merely presenting additional information that's relevant to the original post.
Perhaps the person you spoke with at Sony is mistaken. It does happen.
I can understand that you find IR unacceptable. That doesn't change the fact that it does work and TiVo can control an A50 that way, contrary to your original post.
I use IR with DISH and it works reliably. I'll grant that it is slower than serial presumably would be. Since the point of having a PTV is time-shifting, and I spend all my time watching pre-recorded content, this doesn't bother me.
There is no pass-through. If there were a pass-through, the video would be, well, passed through. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Instead, both TiVo and ReplayTV take the incoming S-Video, compress it, store it to the hard disk, retrieve it, decompress it, and put it on the S-Video outputs. This is not a pass-through. If you see a difference between the original S-Video source and the S-Video output while watching Live TV, this is is why.
I said you were discriminating, not critical. Most people would take that as a compliment. I didn't claim that you
should like the picture. I merely pointed out that you aren't likely to get a useful response to your question since most other people do
like the picture on their TiVos and
ReplayTV's. I was trying to be helpful.
I hope you are happier with your ReplayTV than you were with your TiVo, and I look forward to your comments on the ReplayTV. This doesn't change the fact that I feel your experience was atypical.
[This message has been edited by JAB (edited December 15, 1999).]