Best consumer electronics purchase I've made in years
9 July 2011
Summary: Tivo's Series3 HD is an older model which professional reviewers and enthusiasts still regard very highly. I bought mine in January from a great Amazon reseller. I'm an old-hand DVR user (about 10 years: two original ReplayTV models, then Comcast's Scientific Atlanta HD DVR). Tivo Series3 HD is easily my favorite, with superior picture quality, powerfully intuitive programming, solid reliability, and connectivity to my home PC network.
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
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.
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. :(
Summary: We got our Series 3 in February of 2007. It has given us over 3 years of flawless service. I won't go into how superior it is to other DVRs; that has been covered. I will just say that Comcast issued us our cable cards with no trouble (!) and this box has delivered trouble-free service ever since. Must re-start every few months when it gets slow. Additionally, The external SATA Western Digital drive we bought at Costco installed easily and has worked without trouble.
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.
"TIVO screws Series 3 customers with High Service Cost!"
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!!!