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TiVo TCD652160 HD Digital Video Recorder - TCD652160

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I began using TiVo with a Series 2 single-tuner TiVo in August 2006, and I can't believe I somehow managed to watch television all those years without it. The Series 2 will only record standard def programming, so I couldn't only enjoy high-def if I watched it live through my cable box. Now that I'm receiving high-def programming with a fancy tv, I decided to pay the *very* reasonable $249 for the TiVo HD. As with the Series 2, it's a cinch to setup. I didn't even have to involve my cable company to enable my TiVo HD to receive and record HD channels because I simply slid out the CableCard from my cable box and inserted it into the TiVo. Voila! The TiVo HD now is recording my shows from the HD channels so I can actually enjoy the crisp HD picture at *my* convenience. CONS: The cons with the new device are few. The first is something that's always bugged me, like the Series 2, the menus slide into view from right. There doesn't seem to be an option I can find to disable the special effect and just have the menu come up without the fancy slide. Besides that, it records just 20 hours of HD programming. You can, however, add an external hard drive (it's a snap!) to add 60+ hours of HD recording time. I've seen the drive run from $120-$200. Cosmetically, the TiVo HD doesn't have the backlit TiVo logo on the front of the device. I always thought that was cool.:) The only *serious* con with this new TiVo is you can't adjust the record quality for individual programs. In the settings, you set the record quality for standard def, but there is not an (apparent) option to modify it individually when you're selecting a particular program to record. For example, my TiVo's set to record a zillion Simpsons, which I'd prefer to have on basic quality.. but since the default is set to medium (or high. or whatever), it records at the higher rate, consuming more space. Lastly, when fast-forwarding or rewinding through high-def programming, the device seems to lag a bit to your commands. I assume it's because it's juggling a huge video file... it's tolerable once you learn the TiVo's behavior. PROS: Recording high def! The dual high-def tuner allows you to record two high-def (or standard-def or a combo) at once -- and you don't need your cable box. You simply slide in a CableCard from your cable company (or attach an antenna) and you're set! As I mentioned earlier, you can add an external storage device to record more programming. TiVo has only "certified" one external hard drive from Western Digital -- a 500gb drive that adds 60 hours of high-def, but the manual doesn't say that all other devices are disabled. The price is pretty cheap anyway -- I've seen refurbed WD 500GB drives for low $100's. The TiVo HD also has a bona fide Ethernet input, so you don't need to connect your Ethernet cable via a USB adapter as with the Series 2. There are also plenty of outputs, including HDMI, component, composite and optical.

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Overall I love this unit as well as the service provided by Tivo. Setup is a breeze and the different functions are easily learned. I use the Tivo wireless link to connect to my network and it works really well. The USB connected wireless link is too expensive and similar units from other manufacturers can be bought for much less. My only complaint with the Tivo unit is that it is delivered without a HDMI or ethernet cable. The unit comes with a number of other audio and video cables as well as a phone cable. Knowing that this is a HDTV model and that most if not all HDTV have HDMI this cable should have been included. It is an added cost to an already costly system. I receive my programming from antenna and the system performs really well.

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TIVO Got the HD Machine Right!

by Steve on 4/12/2008

I've used TIVO machines since they started the DVR business and have always been completely happy with them but the HD unit tops all the previous machines. If you get Cable Cards you don't even need a cable box to receive and manage any program you want. A 160 MB hard drive and dual channel recording really make it complete. It all works perfectly!!

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Tivo rocks

by Sandy on 8/1/2008

I love this new Tivo. I had to wait for the Comcast guy to come and install the cards to use it. Tried it without the card and I could only get the lower numbered stations. Once the Comcast guy put in the card, it is great. The best thing about buying it here was that it was at least $50 cheaper than anywhere else. Fast shipping, too.

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Product Overview

TiVo HD is a smart addition to any high-definition TV, combining the clarity of high definition with the smart, easy-to-use TiVo Service. It works with any cable set-up. It connects to any home network, so you get access to the best of both broadcast and broadband content. It downloads the latest movies straight from the Internet to your living room. It can pause, rewind, and slow-motion your favorite moments with razorsharp HD clarity. Plus, TiVo HD connects to virtually any cable service via CableCARDs, so it replaces your existing cable box.

Search for HD movies and sports. With our intelligent search features, you can easily find a specific director, actor, player, or team among the world of both broadcast and broadband content. Prefer to see a movie in high definition? Try a WishList search and the TiVo service will easily record the HD version and place it in your Now Playing List.

Record movies in HD. When recording with TiVo HD, you have the option of capturing shows in standard or high definition. Plus, when you play them back, you can easily pause or rewind HD instant replays without ever sacrificing their original razor-sharp HD resolution.

Download movies from the Internet. Don't see any great movies in your cable program guide? You can easily select a classic or new release from the world's largest movie library, order them with a click of your remote control, and have them downloaded directly to your TiVo box.

Access your music library with the remote. When you connect your TiVo DVR to your home network, your HDTV can connect right to millions of songs and playlists available over the Internet. You can now enjoy digital music on the best sound system in the house.

Schedule an HD premiere. With TiVo, you can do your TV scheduling from any computer when you are away from home. Log onto, click on a show, and you're done.

  • Controls cable TV with Record, Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward in HD
  • Records two HD channels at once, while watching another recorded show
  • Records up to 20 hours in HD (or 180 hours in Standard Definition)
  • Designed specifically for cable customers1
  • Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Download thousands of movies directly to your TV
  • Share home movies with your friends and family on their TV
  • Get broadband videos, music and photos on your TV
  • Schedule shows online
  • Discover broadcast and broadband shows with universal Swivel Search
  • Easily pre-approve what your kids watch with TiVo KidZone
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer TiVo
    Mfg Part# TCD652160
    SKU 205144562
    UPC 851342000742
    UPC 14 00851342000742
    Signal sources: Digital cable, Analog cable, Digital antenna (ATSC) and Analog
    antenna channels (satellite not supported)
    Outputs: HDMI, Component video, S-video, Composite video, Optical audio,
    Analog audio
    Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
    Inputs: Dual CableCARD support (2 slots), Cable coax, Antenna coax
    Ethernet connection, USB 2.0 ports (2), phone line, E-SATA
    Works with the TiVo Wireless G Network Adapter
    TiVo Series3™ architecture
    16.5" W x 12.625" D x 3.375" H
    Weight: 12 lbs.
    Included in Box
    TiVo HD box
    TiVo remote control
    Quick Start guide
    Composite, Component, Power cables
    Tech Specs
    Interfaces/Ports S-Video Out / RF / Toslink S/PDIF Out / HDMI / Component Video Out / Composite Video Out / Stereo Audio Line Out / RJ-45 Network / 2 x USB 2.0 - USB / Phone
    Manufacturer Website Address
    Product Model TCD652160
    Product Type Digital Video Recorder
    Product Name TCD652160 HD Digital Video Recorder
    Manufacturer Part Number TCD652160
    Brand Name TiVo
    Manufacturer TiVo, Inc
    Weight 11.90 lb
    Dimensions 3.40" Height x 16.50" Width x 12.60" Depth
    Service Type TiVo
    Recording Time 180 Hour SD
    Scanning Modes Progressive Scan
    Resolution 480i / 480p / 720p / 1080i
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