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TiVo Series3

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Overall 3

"Unreliable, too expensive"

elmerjf, CNET
7 May 2011
  • Pros: Nice quality picture and sound when it works. Season Pass is great.
  • Cons: Expensive and unreliable. When it breaks out of warranty (and it will if you keep it 3 years), you'll get hit with a big repair fee, which gets you a refurbished model that probably wasn't really fixed. Then, if you bought lifetime service, you can get
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Overall 1

"Your better of getting cable or dish, trust me."

loansbyjose, CNET
30 December 2010
  • Pros: Tivo doesnt offer anything better than cable or dish can give you with their DVR service.
  • Cons: Its too expensive just to be able to record shows. I tried to cancell my services and Tivo indicated that I had automaticaly signed up for one year commitment. Even though they have no proof of contract. The Tivo box was expensive enough.
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Overall 3

"Be careful where you buy"

brmcc, CNET
26 December 2010
Overall 1

"Had difficulties from the beginning"

ccapizzi07, CNET
27 September 2010
  • Pros: Originally easy to use, seemed like a good investment
  • Cons: Problems from the beginning, not compatible with cable company, lack of customer service
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Overall 1

"OK device, inescapable service charges"

WesleyRen, CNET
19 July 2010
  • Pros: User interface.
  • Cons: Slow response between clicks. Hidden one year contract for monthly service charge -- early termination fee will be a year's cost of subscription, minus what you have already paid for. I found that out the hard way. :(
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Overall 3

"Unreliable; constant issues"

wifi-er, CNET
10 February 2010
  • Pros: I love TiVo. My Series 2 is still going strong and this one worked great for about 2 years.
  • Cons: Now this machine is constantly freezing up and not working well with the cards. I've had the cards replaced by the cable company but it hasn't helped much. The shows are often scrambled now both when recording and watching it live.
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Overall 2

"TIVO screws Series 3 customers with High Service Cost!"

johndevereux, CNET
10 November 2009
  • Pros: Easy to use remote Decent interface
  • Cons: Does not support 802.11n WiFi Streaming is slow and sporadic. Slow to support external drives Low quality of technical support Requires additional machine and service contract for each TV you want to use. VERY VERY EXPENSIVE SERVICE PLANS!!!
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Overall 2

Unreliable. One unit died after 1.5yrs, another after 9 months.

TAH, Amazon
12 May 2009
  • Summary: Multiple units have proven unreliable. We ordered this product and transferred an old lifetime service (for $150 tranfer fee) to this machine. The hard drive died in about a year and a half. Tivo replaced with a refurb. model (for ~$100 fee) and transferred lifetime service. New unit lasted about 8 months and Tivo now (as of 5/09) charges a $200 "transfer fee" for lifetime service that they will not waive (plus $49 +s/h for the replacement unit), even though the reason...
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Overall 4

"Repeated trouble"

samfam5, CNET
1 October 2008
  • Pros: Great when it works
  • Cons: Have already had to replace one for a known problem that they can't fix. Now the replacement is doing the same thing as the first one. Tivo wants to walk me through all the same troubleshooting steps repeatedly.
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Overall 10

Great DVR! But NOT for the budget-conscious...

Jay P. Bollyn, Amazon
6 September 2008
  • Summary: From the reviews I have read, TiVo Series 3 HD is the best TV experience. So far, I agree. But be prepared to open your wallet. TiVo box, TiVo subscription, etc. My alternative was Comcast DVR, which most reviewers have panned, so I ruled it out early on. I have never personally tried Comcast DVR. With the Series 3, you *absoLUTEly* need TWO CableCARDs, regardless of card type (MCard or SCard). This is cited from the TiVo website.
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