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. :(
"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!!!
Summary: The TIVO HD is a piece of junk. It's sluggish, channel changes are slow, and the Internet features work poorly. What's worse: I bought it, returned it, canceled the Tivo service (if you don't call to cancel they will keep charging you $14/mo!), but they kept charging me even though I haven't owned the hardware for 5 months! I called to cancel again months later and they want to charge me a $150 early termination fee. For what?
Unreliable. One unit died after 1.5yrs, another after 9 months.
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...
Summary: We bought a HD TIVO in November 2008. We have 3 standard definition TIVOs, networked, throughout our home, and LOVE the interface. But I had always wanted one capable of recording in HD. We finally saved up enough money, and.... TIVO HD was nothing but a nightmare from day one. Half of this was due to the cable company and CABLE CARDS. CABLE CARDS ARE A HORRIBLE WAY FOR THE MOVIE/TV INDUSTRY TO "PROTECT" THEIR CONTENT.
Summary: I received this item from Amazon, unpacked it and plugged it in. The result was the the item would not even power on. I would have returned the unit to Amazon but I called TiVo and they mistakenly told me to return it to them. Unfortunately, I received a refurbished unit in return. This was not Amazon's fault, but the fact that the first unit received from them did not even power on is the reason for the low rating.
Unreliable and will not work with Time Warner Cards
Eduardo F. Martinez, Amazon
26 June 2008
Summary: I was very excited to receive the new Tivo. However after Amazon's prompt shipment the nightmares begun. It is extremely unreliable when it comes to networking (either PC or Mac). It took a week of constant chatter on the Tivo Forum to finally get it to work semi-reliably. I was willing to go with that, but the Time Warner came by to install the cards.
Tivo Series3, $1000 price tag, 200x too much, BEWARE
Zergling For Hire, Amazon
12 June 2008
Summary: The only thing Tivo's done right (besides allowing you to share your media with your networked computers) is additional storage via eSATA external harddrives. My Wireless G USB Tivo adapter didn't work without a software upgrade to my Tivo DVR (it came with software that was 2 years out of date).