I'm moving to a area that has VM and looking to change from Sky to VM and although I have a Sky + box at the moment I use my trusted and fantastic Tivo for all my recording
Now its a long shot I know but is there any way of getting my Tivo box work with VM ?
I think you've all missed the obvious drawback of using the Tivo rather than the V+ box's own inbuilt PVR functionality. Sure you can connect the Tivo to the VCR SCART, but you can only record what you are actually watching or programmes you've already recorded. You cannot use the Tivo to record anything via the additional tuners and you cannot access the Virgin EPG directly from the Tivo.
I use a TiVo to control a V box, with no problems.
As others have mentioned,(as I'm sure you know) you can only record what you are watching.
I think from that, you have never used the TiVo interface...
Yes, the V+ has 2 recorders, and records the stream directly, but the user interface is sh*t by comparison. (yes I use both, and Windows 7 MC)
Season passes that can record across channels by repeat or new episode ...
Wishlists that can include actors, directors, gendre as well as/or title.
The guide display is much clearer than any other I have seen.
For a system first introduced to the UK in 2000, no-one else has yet matched it...
Personally I have three lifetime TiVo's.
Enjoy, but I can do as much with a 20 year old VCR as you can do with your pretty Tivo.
You obviously prefer looking at the Tivo graphics, but what about the inferior image quality of anything you use it to record???
Then you agree that the V+ interface is worse than a 20 year old VCR !!!!
I don't think anyone ever called the TiVo pretty ,but then it lives in my AV cupboard and you dont have to look at it.
RGB out on the V box into TiVo (with mode 0 mod) then into a SCART to HDMI converter (720P output)....
Yes, I agree that the image is worse than the V+, but is the same as the V box direct.
You don't even get RGB from the V+ box's VCR SCART. No argument about the Tivo's GUI, but I fail to see why anyone would want a recording device which can only record substandard content? You don't need a Tivo to do this. I've a DVD/HDD that can take the output from the VCR SCART and I'd hazard that its upscaling abilities are superior to that which you get from your Tivo? I don't use my DVD/HDD or its upscaler for either recording V+ output or viewing it, I use the box itself to both record and output the content and I get better results by doing so. The advantages of simply using just the V+ far outweigh the pretty GUI of the Tivo. I'm quite happy to forgo the pretty GUI in favour of picture quality. After all, this is what I'll be sat watching and not the EPG or the GUI
V box not V+ if you re-read my posts
So the TiVo records the same quality as the box outputs.
No upscaling by the TiVo, the SCART to HDMI does that.
There's no argument about the V+ being better for the picture.
Does the OP mention V+ or just a Virgin install ?
As said, you can't go straight from SCART to HDMI. The device is a ADC/upscaler