Summary: I have been without Tivo for over two years, and I have to say it has been painful. I relocated to Beijing two years ago and just moved back to the US this summer. When I left I didn't have an HD TV, but I bought one almost as soon as I returned. So I needed to upgrade to a new DVR, stupidly I assumed Comcast would have made some progress since I left and I ordered an HD DVR from them as part of my cable set-up.
Summary: I purchased my Series 3 Tivo device several weeks ago and am really enjoying it. As a typical gadget freak, I've been enjoying the various capabilities of this terrific unit and exploring several things I was not aware of when I first purchased it. Being able to access my home network (pictures, music, and videos) is simply terrific. THX sound quality? Wow. The only drawback is the need for the 2 Cable Cards. Sure, once you have crossed this hurdle you are golden.
Summary: If you're thinking about going TiVo, or going back after a move or the like; then this is it! Go HD! Dual channel recording, better remote than my older series2, and of course everything happy about the ease that is TiVo. Expensive? Yep, so wait and find a deal you're happy with (I got mine for $400 off after rebate). Google upgrades and you'll see that you can even add external recording memory pretty easily. Great DVR!
Series 3 HD Tivo - still the best option for time-shifting TV
Jon Folkers, Amazon
18 June 2007
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 took the plunge and bought an HD TV. Of course, this means replacing everything else (PVR, DVD, etc.). The Series3 is a quality product and has worked well with my setup (basic analog cable and HD over the air). Occasionally, I'll see a brief pixilation, but it is a non-issue. The only gripe I have is the lack of a 30 sec skip and commercial advance. My old Replay 5040 had both and made for a much better experience.
Summary: I have dropped cable and gone with over the air only. I tried an LG LST-3410 and the tivo is definitely worth the extra money. I can record 2 over the air shows at once, schedule online, view pics stored on my pc, listen to radio, etc. Two things that I would like to see are tivo to go and external SATA hard drive enabled. The ease of setup and use definitely makes it worth the extra dollars.
Summary: We are big fans of TiVo and have an earlier model. We have been excitedly waiting for the Series 3 HD to come out. We purchased it, but we have had it over a month now and STILL cannot get our cable company to install the cable cards!! I have logged SEVERAL HOURS on the phone with both the cable company and TiVo, including a conference call with both of them. Our cable co.
Summary: Tivo functionality for HDTV. In my case, the key values were the ability to transfer (for a limited time only) the lifetime transferable service from my broken Series II Tivo, and prepare for HDTV next year. The unit came with all the setup material required for non-HDTV use. (For HDTV, adapters from your cable company must be installed in the Series 3.
Summary: I had the original Philips Series1 Tivo since 2000 and decided to take advantage of the lifetime upgrade while I could even though I don't have an HD TV yet and the price was exorbitant. If I can hang on to it for 5+ years like I did the Series 1 I should come out ahead. As others have mentioned, the double-tuner ability is great and the response is much faster compared to the IR link to the cable box.