The highlight of The Cable Show
for us was actually to be able to see the Motorola Tuning Adapter
in action. Sure it isn't that exciting of a product, but just the idea that our beloved TiVo won't be useless because of the fact that all latest HD channels are being deployed with SDV (Switched Digital Video) is enough to get us going. The MTR700 was named before CableLabs renamed the class of product from Tuning Resolver
to Tuning Adapter, and should be available to cable companies in July. Unfortunately there's really no way to tell how long it'll take before your provider makes it available to you, or for how much. For the most part, there's no change from a user's perspective, so much so that for the demo the channels were relabeled so we could tell which were SDV, and which weren't. In fact the only way you can even tell this thing is connected, is because the TiVo's Devices menu
has a new option
with a whole slew of troubleshooting options
for the cable guy. Changing channels was just as fast -- or slow depending on your perspective -- as a TiVo HD
tuning standard HD broadcast channels. Click on through to the gallery to see all the pictures of it in action.