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TiVo TCD652160 HD Digital Video Recorder (2008 Model)

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  • This product can no longer be activated by TiVo
  • Only Series3/TiVo HD DVRs with Product Lifetime service can be reconnected to the TiVo service
  • 160GB internal hard drive records up to 20 hours of high definition programming (or 180 hours of standard definition)
  • Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Sources supported , Digital cable, Analog cable, Digital antenna (ATSC), Analog antenna and broadband content.
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Product Description

Introducing TiVo HD, the digital video recorder that combines the intelligence of the TiVo service with the razor-sharp clarity of HD recording. Designed as a universal cable box to work with any cable provider, the TiVo HD box also offers network connectivity, delivering the best of broadcast and broadband TV, right to your living room.

Amazon.comTiVo HD is a smart addition to any high-definition TV, combining the clarity of high definition with the smart, easy-to-use TiVo Service. The TiVo HD records up to 20 hours of high definition programming or 180 hours of standard definition. Download the latest movies straight from the Internet to your living room. Pause, rewind, and slow-motion your favorite moments with razor-sharp HD clarity. TiVo HD connects to any home network, so you get access to the best of both broadcast and broadband content. Plus, TiVo HD connects to virtually any cable service via CableCARDs, so it replaces your existing cable box.

What's In The BoxKey Features

  • Save up to 20 hours of high definition programming or 180 hours of standard definition at any one time
  • Record two shows at once
  • Includes remote control
  • Works with cable and antenna; does NOT support satellite
  • Use CableCARD decoders from your cable company to replace your cable box
  • Supports high definition TV
  • What's in the box: TiVo HD DVR, remote control, Quick Start guide, Manual, Composite cable, component cable, phone cord, power cord, 2 AA batteries

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With a TiVo DVR connected to an existing phone line or home network you can

Record Every Episode of Your Favorite Shows
The TiVo service keeps track of the latest TV schedule, and automatically records every episode of your favorite shows, even if the day or time they air changes. All you do is find the show you want by searching or browsing the TV listings, and then specify whether you want to record all episodes or just the new ones.

Record Two Shows at Once
TiVo DVRs have two tuners, so they can record two different TV shows at the same time. You can even play back a third show that you’ve already saved while two new shows are recording.

TiVo HD DVR and TiVo Series3 HD DVRs work with the following configurations:
  • Digital cable only (record 2 shows at once, requires up to two CableCARD decoders from your cable company; supports HD channels)
  • Antenna only (record 2 shows at once; supports HD channels)
  • Digital cable + antenna (record 2 shows at once; supports HD channels)
  • Basic cable (record 2 shows at once; does not support HD or premium channels)
  • Basic cable + antenna (record 2 shows at once; supports HD channels on antenna only)

Does NOT support:

  • Satellite
  • Cable box (replace your digital cable box with a CableCARD decoder)

Control live or recorded shows
TiVo DVRs can: Pause live or recorded shows (live TV can stay paused for 30 minutes), Rewind (3 different speeds), fast-forward (3 different speeds), instant replay, slow motion, frame forward, frame reverse, skip-to-tick (jump ahead or back in 15 minute increments in recorded shows), jump to the beginning of a show, the end of a show, or the point being broadcast live at that moment.

Search for shows
You can search for shows with a specific word in the title or episode description, like "House". You can search for shows in a particular category, like “Cooking” shows about "Chocolate", or "Football" programs with "Giants". You can even find every movie with Johnny Depp, or every movie directed by Steven Spielberg. If it is available on your television lineup, the TiVo service can find it and record it for you.

Record by actor, director, or keyword
Use a TiVo WishList search to find every show with your favorite actor, director, keyword, or sports team. Your TiVo DVR will save your search, and if you like, automatically record every new show that matches it.

TiVo Suggestions
TiVo Suggestions are personalized shows selected to match your preferences. Any time you watch a live TV or recorded show, or see something you like or don’t like in the Guide, you can rate that show by using the THUMBS UP or the THUMBS DOWN buttons on your remote control. When the TiVo DVR has empty space, it will automatically record shows that are liked by other people who like the same shows you do. This is an excellent way to discover new shows that may interest you. TiVo Suggestions never replace any shows you request, or prevent them from being recorded. Suggestions are always the first programs to be deleted when it’s time for one of your shows to record.

Pre-approve kids TV

When you enable KidZone on your TiVo DVR, you can select the programs and channels that your children can watch. You can also block specific shows on channels that you have approved, to keep your kids from watching those shows you just can’t stand. When you let your children watch TV you’ll be comfortable knowing they can only get to shows you’ve approved.

Schedule shows online
You can search for TV shows by title, category, keyword, or person in the Find TV shows section of When you’ve found the show you want to record, simply log in to your account, select the DVR you want to set to record, and decide whether you want to record just that episode or every episode of the series. You have access to the same settings as you do when you set up a recording on the DVR itself. You will receive one email confirmation when your request is received and a second one when the DVR has reported back whether your show will record.

When the TiVo DVR is connected to a home network that includes a PC or Mac you can

Take your shows with you

Once you’ve recorded your favorite shows on your TiVo DVR, you can transfer them to your computer, iPod, PSP, or other compatible portable player  as long as your DVR is connected to your home network. For PC, you will need TiVo Desktop for PC (transfer to computer only) or TiVo Desktop Plus for PC (t ransfer to portable player). For Macintosh computer, you will need Roxio Toast Titanium

Save shows to a DVD
You can save your favorite TV shows and movies to a DVD using your network-connected TiVo DVR and your computer capable of creating DVDs. To save your TiVo shows to DVD using your PC, you will need Roxio Creator . To save your TiVo shows to DVD using your Macintosh, you will need Roxio Toast Titanium software.

Transfer shows between two TiVo DVRs
If you have more than one TiVo DVR with TiVo service on your home network , you can transfer shows between the two DVRs. That way you can start watching a show in the living room and finish it in the bedroom. High-definition shows can only transfer between two HD-compatible TiVo DVRs. Standard definition shows can transfer between all Series2, HD, and Series3 DVRs. Video downloads and any shows that have been protected by the copyright holder can not be transferred. If you don’t have a home network, you can directly connect two DVRs together by creating a peer-to-peer network.

Your own music library
If you have MP3 music files on your PC or Mac, you can stream them to your network-connected TiVo DVR for playback through your TV or home entertainment system. To stream music from your PC, you will need TiVo Desktop software for PC . To stream music from your Macintosh, you will need TiVo Desktop software for Mac.

Your photo library
If you have photos on your PC or Mac, you can use your network-connected TiVo DVR to view them on your TV. To view photos from your PC, you will need TiVo Desktop software for PC . To view photos from your Macintosh, you will need TiVo Desktop software for Mac .

When your home network is connected to your high-speed internet connection you can

Amazon Instant Video
Using your broadband-connected  TiVo DVR watch new release movies and your favorite TV shows in HD. Movies are typically available the same day they are released on DVD. TV shows are typically available within days of the original broadcast. Movie rentals are usually $2.99 or $3.99 (with HD titles only a dollar extra specials as low as 99 cents). Buy movies for $9.99 to $14.99 (with some titles as low as $5.49). TV show episodes may be purchased for as little as $1.89 each, with HD shows starting at $2.99 each. There are even shows and bonus footage you can download for free. Rentals must be viewed within 24 hours of starting playback. Rentals not started after 30 days will be deleted, and must be re-rented to view. Purchases may be kept on your TiVo DVR as long as you like. If you delete a purchase you can typically re-download it at no additional charge from your Amazon Media Library.

Music videos
You can download thousands of FREE music videos from Music Choice directly to your broadband-connected TiVo DVR.

Rhapsody music service
With Rhapsody on TiVo you cah choose from millions of songs, search for your favorite artists, tune into continuous music on Rhapsody Channels, and build your own music library–straight from your TV using your TiVo remote control. Whether you’re in the mood for classical, hip-hop, or anything in between, it’s all just a few clicks away. And with a Rhapsody membership you can listen all you want without the need to buy individual songs.  You can try the Rhapsody music service on your TiVo DVR free for 30 days. To continue using the service after the free trial, visit to join.

Internet radio & podcasts
You can play your favorite audio podcasts on your broadband-connected TiVo DVR using our Podcaster feature, or listen to the world’s largest Internet radio network with Take advantage of the great sound system on your TV or home entertainment system and relax and enjoy your favorite audio entertainment.

View family and friends' photos from Photobucket or Picasa Web Albums on your TV
You can make your personal photos available to your family and friends to view directly on their TV using their TiVo DVR. All you need to do is create an account with or and upload your photos. Then let your family and friends know your user name, and they can search for and view your public photos on their broadband-connected TiVo DVRs

Home videos
You can make your personal home movies available to your family and friends to watch directly on their TV using their TiVo DVR. All you need to do is create an account with and upload your photos and video footage, edit and customize your movie, and receive your private channel code. Then share that code with family and friends, and they can have your new videos automatically downloaded to their broadband-connected TiVo DVRs.

Internet feeds
Some videos on the Internet are available as part of regularly updated feeds (such as RSS or video podcasts). Using TiVo Desktop Plus software on your PC, the TiVo DVR can monitor your favorite feeds for updates. When a new video is available, it will be automatically downloaded and made available on your network-connected TiVo DVR, so you can watch it on your TV instead of on a computer monitor. Get free video downloads — things not available on TV — from dozens of leading providers.


rear connections
  • Phone line: Connects to an existing home phone line, unless you connect an Ethernet cable to (G) or the TiVo wireless adapter to (H).
  • Digital audio: Connects to your home theater system for digital sound using an optical digital audio cable. (Sold separately)
  • S-Video out: Connects to a TV for a high-quality standard definition picture. It does not support high definition. Requires connecting a separate cable for audio.
  • Component video out: Connects to a TV for a high definition picture. Requires connecting a separate cable for audio.
  • Composite video and stereo out: Connects to a TV for a standard definition picture. Use only the white and red cables if all you need is audio for a different video source, like S-Video or Component video.
  • HDMI out: Connects to a TV, A/V receiver, or home theater system for a pure digital connection that provides HD video and digital audio all in one cable.
  • Ethernet: Connects to an Ethernet cable to allow your DVR to access your home network and your broadband Internet connection.
  • 2 USB ports: Connects to the TiVo wireless adapter if you want to wirelessly connect to your home network and broadband internet connection.
  • E-SATA: Connects to the My DVR Expander to increase recording capacity.
  • Cable In: Connects to the coaxial cable in your wall that provides your cable TV programming. Satellite is not supported.
  • Antenna in: Connects to the coaxial cable from a TV antenna in order to receive analog and digital broadcasts (including HD programming) over the air.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameTiVo
Item Weight13 pounds
Product Dimensions12.6 x 16.5 x 3.4 inches
Item model numberTCD652160
Color NameBlack
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #42,237 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
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371 of 389 people found the following review helpful By Bill K on August 24, 2007
First, I need to inform you that all of my home television programming comes from an antenna on my roof. No cable or satellite whatsoever.

When the Series 3 debuted earlier this year, I contacted TiVo about recording two HD channels at the same time from an antenna and was told that would not occur. That one would be in HD and the other in standard definition. That, along with the price made me pass on this unit.

When the TiVo HD came along, I contacted TiVo again and was told by one technician that it WOULD record two HD shows and by another that it would not. With the cheaper price, I decided to give it a try and am glad that I did so.

I am happy to report that this unit will definitely record two high definition programs at the same time from an antenna. No splitters, amplifiers or other hardware. Just plug it into the Antenna connector on back of the box.

Setup and activation was easy. The most difficult part was figuring out the maze of cables behind my TV and Stereo amplifier, but that is hardly TiVo's fault. I already had it set up when I called to activate the box. When I got off the phone and turned it on, it was ready to download the Guide. Very hassle free.

The remote, while nothing fancy, has a good layout of buttons and is programmable so that it will turn my TV on and allow me to change its inputs while the volume and mute buttons control my amplifier. About the only other thing I need for it to do is actually turn the stereo on. But getting up once to turn on the stereo is a small price to pay for being able to record HD programs and pause live TV.

On some forums users have been reporting macro-blocking and pixelation when using some cable cards.
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216 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Hatfield on October 30, 2007
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275 of 299 people found the following review helpful By StriderWA on August 21, 2007
I bought one of these a few weeks ago and have been waiting for Amazon to 'release' it so I could comment on it. Initially there were some known issues such as macroblocking/pixelation on digital channels (particularly channels showing HD content) with cablecards, but TiVo worked quickly to release two revisions to the TiVo HD software already and 98% of the issues have been resolved. My only complaints about the TiVo HD:

1.) Internal HDD only records 20 hours of HD content. It is equipped with an eSATA port, but as of now it is not enabled on the THD. (The Series3 HD has the eSATA port enabled, TiVo expects to enable it later in the year, possibly at the same time as a TiVo-branded eSATA HDD) 20 hours is ok if all you're recording is a day's worth of shows and watching through them daily, but I sometimes go up to a week without being able to watch shows, and if you record a few movies in HD, it fills up quick. Also on season passes the minimum you can set for programs to keep is 5, with the smaller hard drive it'd be nice if you could set it to 1 for things like news broadcasts (to set it to record daily and just delete yesterdays if you didn't get to it when it records todays)

2.) No built-in WiFi. I know the story is the same as Microsoft's "technology changes so quickly so adding in a wireless-g compliant adapter would limit it if a wireless-n standard comes along." but come on now, I hate having to add a bunch of items to the box, I'd rather it be built in.

3.) Basic remote. The Series3 comes with a glow remote and this one does not. You can buy a white or black one from TiVo for $50, but it is the newest TiVo DVR, they could include the better glow remote.

4.) No TiVo-To-Go or Multiple room viewing.
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TiVo has most beautiful and user friendly DVR interface. But you ought to be aware that the software, especially for HD, does not come across as a finished product, but still a work in progress.

1. HD Tuner Problems: Tivo HD is the only DVR available to record HD TV Channels, as of now, and was the reason for my purchase. I had been using Samsung DTBH260F HDTV Terrestrial Receiver and was picking about 25 over the air (OTA) HD channels but I was to able to record only in standard defination (SD) on my Panasonic DVR DMR-E100HS. With Tivo HD, I can only watch 12 OTA HD channels, and they include CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX, but I cannot watch any PBS OTA HD channel when I go to Watch Live TV on Tivo HD.

Tivo is getting the signal from those channels but does not display the picture. I can see the channels and watch them on signal strength meter under Settings, and some of the PBS channels have a signal of 92-93 compared to say 81 on ABC which I can watch and record, but I still cannot see those PBS channels when I go Watch Live TV on Tivo. This indicates some kind of a software glitch and ATSC tuner sensitivity issues with TiVo HD. Even using Motorola 484095-001-00 Signal Booster, which bumps up the signal gain by 15 dB (as recommended by Crutchfield rep) has not helped either. Therefore, despite getting the signal, TiVO HD tuner cannot display the picture.
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