Best HDTV Option - throw away your cable DVR with a smile
B. Humphrey, Amazon
24 September 2009
Summary: I've had the new HDTV Tivo for a week. As with other reviewers I previously had a Comcast provided Motorola/Microsoft DVR (Microsoft did the software/guide in the Seattle area at least). The Comcast unit was slow to respond, awkward to use and frequently missed recording programs partially if not completely. It is a terrible device and I went through several. I switched from my old Tivo Series 2 to the Comcast HD recorder only to get HD recording.
Summary: I purchased my tivo series 3 after studying reviews and comments since it came out. I delayed because I have a Sony HDD DHG 250 HD recorder now that does a good job. I wanted to rejoin TIVO because I wanted the better ease of use factor that tivo offers. I found the tivo for 669 to 673 on the web but didnt want to mail order in case the machine was defective. I called best buy and they agreed to match the price.
Summary: My Series 3 worked fine for about 8 months. Then it started to lock up and could only be restarted by pulling the power cord and restarting. I did this for a few weeks, but then it started to fail more frequently. After several days on the phone with the Tivo customer service (after long waits on hold ... and very boring music by the way), they agreed to replace my box. It cost me an additional $869 to have the replacement box mailed immediately.
Summary: I'll talk about the cons first which other reviewers have mentioned. Thumbs Down: - There's no TiVoToGo or multi-room viewing (you can always keep your TiVo 2 active for the TiVoToGo) - You cannot record HD from a Satellite receiver or cable box. - One reviewer mentioned sound drop-out when flipping around the guide. This happens to me also. - Press thumbs-up to record causes problems for me (rebooting is the worst of the problems).
Summary: When we purchased an HDTV earlier this year, we resigned ourselves to using the DVR provided by Comcast, our cable company. We knew we needed DVR functionality, and we weren't content to watch only standard definition TV on our new set. So we bit the bullet and replaced our TiVo Series 2 with the Comcast-supplied DVR. I'm not going to review the Comcast DVR in depth here, but it's safe to say that I'm overjoyed to be able to go back to a TiVo device for our main TV.
Summary: I've recently upgraded from the original TiVo to the new "Series3" HD TiVo. This review was written with the new Series3 out for less than one month, so some of the shortcomings listed below may have been addressed by the time you read this. TiVo did a spectacular job with the hardware. The recorder can hold ~35 hours of HDTV or ~300 hours of non-HD programming, which is significantly more than cable company-provided DVRs.
Finally! But some important things to know before you buy...
Bruce D. Namerow, Amazon
24 September 2009
Summary: Let me be clear: no other DVR from a cable company can come close to the TiVo experience. TiVo has gotten so many of the fine details right that it's worth every penny of the extra cost. PROS (especially when compared to cable company DVRs): -- It could not be easier to find and schedule recordings of your favorite shows. DVR's from the cable company make the process soooooo much more complicated.
Summary: I have been waiting for this product for quite some time and it is finally here. It has all the great TiVo functionality and ease of use with stunning sound and video. No longer are there artifacts when recording digital cable channels, the picture quality is spectacular, and the ability to record two channels at once exactly what I have been looking for.
Series 3 HD Tivo - still the best option for time-shifting TV
Jon Folkers, Amazon
24 September 2009
Summary: The Tivo service is something you really need to try to appreciate. It doesn't seem like it would be worth a monthly subscription -- a VCR can time-shift recordings, and most digital cable and satellite programming companies offer a DVR (digital video recorder) of their own for a small fee. The VCR option is functional and free if you have the discipline to keep track of your tapes, but it's a clunky, bulky analog solution.
Summary: I consider myself a TiVo oldtimer. I've been using one for more than 6 years, and am a devout couch potato. I started with a Sony SVR-2000 which I have upgraded from 30 hours to 140, and added a new modem when the built-in one got fried (a common problem). So when TiVo offered to transfer my lifetime subscription to a Series 3 (for a cost of $200, so they're not exactly giving the transfer away), I decided to take the plinge.