Tonight (Sunday) is one of the best nights to watch TV in high definition. Two of my most favorite shows (Desperate Housewives & 24) are both broadcast in HD. In order for me to watch both of these shows in HD I have to forgo the benefits of my Series 2 TiVo and watch both shows live. Unfortunately tonight, 24 is on from 8 -10PM and Desperate Housewives is on from 9 -10PM. As you can see, it’s kind of difficult to watch both shows at once.
A keen reader would suggest that I pick up my cable company’s DVR so that I could record both of these shows at the same time in HD. The problem with this solution is that my cable company (Time Warner) doesn’t offer Fox or ABC in HD. In fact, I’m currently only able to get CBS and ESPN in HD (how sad is that). In order for me to get the most HD possible, I’ve gone through the hassle of putting up an antenna so that I can get both Fox and ABC in HD for free. As far as I know, the DVR that Time Warner has to offer isn’t capable of recording over the air (OTA) HD (my assumption is correct, right?).
This dilemma has made me start to think that the $800 Series 3 TiVoisn’t such a bad deal. If I had a Series 3 TiVo, I could record both shows at once using my antenna. Without the Series 3 TiVo I am forced to watch one show live and record the other one using my somewhat antiquated Series 2 TiVo. I know that this isn’t that big of a deal for most people but, for a geek like me who is totally obsessed with HD it is a big deal.
Has anybody else encountered a situation similar to mine? How well does the Series 3 TiVo handle OTA HD content?