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 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: 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!
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've had the Tivo for more than a week, and here's what I see so far... The two tuner option is the best new feature...almost worth the upgrade on its own. It solves the clipping problem where the networks begin shows at 9:31. It also allows you to listen to Music Plus without Tivo changing the channel. When Tivo begins to record a program, it does it on the tuner you are not using. It also solves the problem of having two programs on competing stations.
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.