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HD TIVO Hello, I have a problem with my tivo not being HD but I just paied for a HD Dig.upgrade with COX. I was wondering if there is some way I can still use my Tivo with out having to buy a HD DVR. Is there a card or somthing that I can convert the Tivo over to a HD? If so how much would it cost? If there is no card how much would it cost to have the geek squad come out and install it? I bought the Tivo at your store so I was thinking there would be sometype of upgrade for the Tivo . I was also wondering if the tech who comes out can (if need be) can do away with some of the wireing I have a cable moster growing in the back of my TV. Thank you, Karen

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No, unfortunately non-HD tivo's cannot be upgraded to HD Tivos. However, a standard defintion Tivo can still be used with an HD television, at lower definition.

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Extremely impractical.

You would likely have to design a new motherboard with different components, and you would certainly have to write a custom version of the TiVo software (the closed source part of it), which means who knows how long to reverse engineer it.


Did I mention the hideously expensive part?

Love the S2 DT for what it is and put your money into a Series 3 or later with a lifetime sub for your HD needs.

And come chat with us at the TiVo Community Forum

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/index.php?

(not a TiVo, Inc. site, just a bunch of TiVo users helping each other)

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You can find out more inforamtion on www.tivocommunity.com or look specifically for the hinsdale howto which talks about upgrading the tivo. If this is the problem, the advantage is that you may come out with a Tivo with more storage. If the hard drive is not the problem, this will be of no use.

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2) Exchange cable boxes with your cable provider for one with composite output jacks. It may require you to use a Motorola box that isn't High def depending on what your provider has. I know Comcast has a Motorola HD tuner that has composite outputs as well as component.

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What I would suggest (and have done in the past) is this:
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This will allow you to watch HD while recording standard definition, and vise versa.

Running the HD through the Tivo will work, but will limit you to not be able to watch HD through it.

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