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Old 12-30-2005, 06:47 PM   #1 (Print)
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Question Charter Cable, Charter Digital Cable, and HDTV.

I ordered Charter Digital Cable. I noticed that there is Charter Cable (the normal cable) and HDTV. First off, whats the difference between those three? Also, is it really true that Tivo can not record HDTV channels? If so, then should I not order HDTV with my Charter Digital Cable?
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:32 PM   #2 (Print)
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TiVo CAN record HD channels...

It just can't record them in high def.

You'd have to downconvert the quality, just as if you were piping it into a standard def/analog TV.

You can still record the channels, but you can't get the High Def quality out of them when you play the recordings back.

TiVo will be making a HD stand-alone unit next year.

As for "the three" things you mention, if you're saying that Charter has something called "Charter HDTV", I have no idea what the difference would be between that and "Charter Digital Cable".

If you're asking what HDTV is, that's over-the-air digital television. You usually have to buy a settop box to get it, you need an antenna, and you have to pipe it into an existing TV or monitor by A/V cables. I don't think TiVo has the codes to control ANY settop HDTV tuner.

I believe the HD stand-alone TiVo will work with both HD OTA and high def digital cable, however.

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Old 12-30-2005, 07:32 PM   #3 (Print)
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* Charter Cable (normal cable) is probably analog cable TV, channels 2-99. These would be the same channels that your TV can record without any cable box.
* Charter Digital Cable uses a digital cable box to provide many more channels above Channel 99. You would connect the cable box to your Tivo using composite or SVideo connections.
* Charter HDTV requires a HiDef Cable Box to receive their HiDef channels

It is, indeed, true that your Tivo cannot record HDTV channels, unless your cable box can downcovert them to standard 480i video. And even then your Tivo might not be able to control channel changes to those HDTV channels, and they might not be in your Tivo Guide.

What brand/model TV do you have? Is it a HiDef TV?

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Old 12-30-2005, 07:41 PM   #4 (Print)
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I was also thinking that if you have a question as to the difference between "those three things", you could always ask Charter. I mean, you are their paying customer now. They should be willing to answer a question for you. (Or is it only BEFORE you're a paying customer that they're friendly? )

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