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: 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).
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: 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.
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: From the reviews I have read, TiVo Series 3 HD is the best TV experience. So far, I agree. But be prepared to open your wallet. TiVo box, TiVo subscription, etc. My alternative was Comcast DVR, which most reviewers have panned, so I ruled it out early on. I have never personally tried Comcast DVR. With the Series 3, you *absoLUTEly* need TWO CableCARDs, regardless of card type (MCard or SCard). This is cited from the TiVo website.
Summary: After our local cable company "upgraded" the firmware on the DVR we were renting from them, it became obvious that it was time to look at alternatives. After reading many reviews, I decided to get the Series3. It is an excellent DVR. TiVos in general have been covered in many reviews, but here are the big things I've noticed: Plusses: * Swivel Search is really nice and lets you find programs pretty easily.
Summary: Like most other people, I was forced to go to my cable company's dvr when I switched to HD (in this case it was Cox Cable's Scientific Atlanta box (blech)). With the FCC's July deadline, Cox was finally forced to issue cable cards for 3rd party DVRs -- allowing me to go back to Tivo -- and not a moment too soon. If you know Tivo (which I am assuming you do)-- then you know this box. Its the same familiar interface with all of the HD goodness to go with it.
Summary: We had an original Tivo that gave up the ghost after 5 years, requiring us to go with the DirecTV DVR. The interface for that device lacked the ease of use we had associated with Tivo, so we decided to go back. Unfortunately, we had to switch to Comcast cable service because Tivo HD Series 3 doesn't work with the satellite service.
Summary: Just purchased the TIVO series 3 and it is everything I hoped it would be. Razor sharp picture and superior audio and all for a great low price. I couldn't pass up the current [...] rebate offer. I must admit, setting it up was a little problematic ONLY because Comcast has no idea what they are doing. After having a couple of days with Comcast techs coming out to the house and not being able to figure it out, I decided to take matters into my own hands.