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Old 19-04-2011, 23:09   #1
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TiVo Picture Quality

As there appears to be so much difference in opinion as to whether the SD picture quality on TiVo is worse than the V+, would any of the current TiVo owners be so kind as to post some pictures of a SD channel being shown on TiVo? If you have the ability to do a comparison with a V+ on the same telly, that would be sensational.

I have TiVo booked for the end of the month, but am really concerned about the picture quality on SD, given that I watch a lot of SD sports in the summer on ITV4, British Eurosport 2 and ESPN America in particular. So don't want to go ahead with it if my enjoyment of these channels will be severely impaired.

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Old 19-04-2011, 23:39   #2
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

What size is your TV? The general consensus is that there's not a huge difference in the 32 inch and lower specs. It's the 40 inch and up that seem to really notice it.

I have a 32 in Panasonic, and a 20 inch Samsung, both with TiVos attached (sent back the V+'s) so can't give you pictures, but can say I only notice a slight difference between SD and HD when I'm looking for it. HD is slightly sharper, but as I said, only if I'm really looking for it.

Hubby was watching football the other night on ITV1 regular as the sound was playing up on HD and it looked great...

Hope this helps.
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Old 19-04-2011, 23:50   #3
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

40" Samsung LED TV, with either Tivo 1Tb or Samsung V+ the picture is identical. Would post a picture... but its pretty pointless.

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Old 20-04-2011, 00:51   #4
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

What I have notice is that it handles movement a lot better, things like full screen pans it's the most prevalent and more so on HD but all movement is effected. Its a lot smoother and shows less compression artefacts.

Anyone else noticed this?
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

I have a 47" TV and am picky about picture quality
and would say that SD is better with the TiVo box.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

Mine is definitely not as clear, if I had to give it a rating I would say 85% as good as the SA V+ I had on both SD and HD, my TV is a Sony KDL40HX803. I wonder if it would be useful for posters to state their TV and the picture settings they have so posters with the similar TVs can compare. I'll post mine later today.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

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What I have notice is that it handles movement a lot better, things like full screen pans it's the most prevalent and more so on HD but all movement is effected. Its a lot smoother and shows less compression artefacts.

Anyone else noticed this?
Yes, I concur.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

I have a 40'' sony LED picture qual in SD better on TIVO, HD PQ excellent.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

My TV is Sony KDL40V3000, 40inch, sd pic is not as sharp as my samsung V+, which is a shame for a new product like tivo
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

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I have a 40'' sony LED picture qual in SD better on TIVO, HD PQ excellent.
Same for me on a panasonic 42PX60 plasma.

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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

32" LCD, SD pic quality noticeably softer than SA V+
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I feel a little more re-assured now.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

I'd go with perfect choice opinion, the sa has best picture
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

The SD picture quality is noticeably softer on my 40 inch Samsung LCD than it is with the V+ box.
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Re: TiVo Picture Quality

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The SD picture quality is noticeably softer on my 40 inch Samsung LCD than it is with the V+ box.
I have a 40 inch Samsung LCD too. Does the softness really spoil your viewing of the SD channels? Or is it something you can live with?
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