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any other reasons to keep Series 3 TiVo over a Mini?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by buscuitboy, Jan 5, 2014.

Which option sounds the best?

Poll closed Jul 13, 2014.
  1. Ditch the two lifetime S3s in favor of a single lifetime Mini

    9 vote(s)
    36.0%
  2. Keep the two lifetime S3s for now

    5 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Ditch the two lifetime S3s for a 4-tuner Roamio instead?

    11 vote(s)
    44.0%
  1. pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

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    My premiere did work better than my S3... Definitely a bit quicker and is a little less glitchy. But I like having the moving TiVo guy on the S3 menus :)
    In any case, it's wonderful to have a hot spare around.

    Maybe more on-topic, does Roamio Plus allow streaming of copy-protected programming (everything not OTA on time warner), or does it have the same limitation as a 3rd gen TiVo?
     
  2. andyw715

    andyw715 Active Member

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    Jul 31, 2007
    I decided to keep my TiVo HD and put it upstairs for the kids. The plan is to get a Roamio and a mini.
    Profiles would be nice.
     
  3. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Yes, but only to other Roamios, Premieres, or Minis.
     
  4. refried

    refried New Member

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    Dec 21, 2005
    Brunswick, ME
    I just replaced my TivoHD with a Roamio for OTA and it's the greatest TiVo upgrade I've ever had. Much better interfaces for Netflix and Hulu Plus. I think the OTA reception is better too.
     
  5. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    I see how the Roamios are now basically $149 at Amazon and/or Best Buy (after $50 gift card promo...probably ending soon). Its VERY tempting at this price.
     
  6. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Plus $500 for service. It's amusing how people respond to relatively small price changes. It basically went from $700 to $650. Big whoop.
     
  7. pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

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    Feb 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
  8. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

    5,184
    5
    Feb 3, 2001
    Altadena, CA
    I use my S3 as an OTA backup.

    --Carlos V.
     
  9. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I went the opposite direction. I recently bought a used lifetimed S2 (with bad hard drive) for $40 from Craigslist. :p
     
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    LOL, S2s. People still care about SD?
     
  11. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    Aug 27, 2004
    Saratoga,...
    I've kept my wife's S3 since she likes to see captions while fast forwarding. None of the Premiere or Roamio boxes allow this. I've also got Roamio Pro for everyone's use as well as a Premiere Elite in the bedroom which we use primarily for archiving or when we (rarely) watch in the bedroom.
     
  12. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Yeah, that's a tiny tiny tiny reason, I sometimes 'watch' who wants to be a millionaire at 1xFF with captions on.. So that only works on my TivoHD..
     
  13. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    Saratoga,...
    May be a "tiny, tiny,tiny" reason to you (and probably most) but not even a "tiny, tiny" or "tiny" to my wife. She insisted we keep the S3 and get rid of the Premiere XL because of how she likes to use captions. We can watch many one hour recordings in about 30 minutes or so, very important for her due a high level of impatience.
     
  14. dbenrosen

    dbenrosen New Member

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    Sep 20, 2003
    New Jersey
    I have a Series 3 (the OLED display version) which recently had the power supply die which forced my hand into the Roamio upgrade. I really LOVE the Roamio (and all my TiVos I've had since my original Series 1). I just got 3 minis for the kids' rooms so they can watch TiVo away from the main TV. All my boxes are lifetimed (I have a Premiere and an HD too). I replaced a few capacitors on the S3 power supply and it is back and running and off to eBay. I save on the Cable cards (the S3 requires 2 and the Roamio only requires 1) and by replacing the cable boxes with minis will come out ahead in less than 2 years, not including the money I recoup from the sale of the S3.

    The one thing I will miss about the S3 is the OLED display for the clock. It wasn't bright, but was perfect as a small clock in the room. So, get the mini and sell the S3.
     
  15. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Well, I do basically the same thing by watching on VLC at 2x or record to my other recorder and watch at (I think) 1.5x _with sound_.. So the faster than realtime with captions is for me less of an issue, but enough of a reason that I'll keep a TivoHD over a Premiere 4 (if/when I finally get unlazy and sell it).. plus the 'can still download from paused point" issue.
     
  16. mcf57

    mcf57 New Member

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    Oct 19, 2012
    GA
    I would just get rid of the Series 3s while you can. Get as much as you can for them and move on. Out with old and in with the new....
     
  17. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    Well, looks like I should have put a 4th option in my poll..... Sell ONE Series 3 TiVo and get a lifetime mini. I was able to sell the lifetime TiVo HD (TCD652160) for $185. Then used my Panel discount to get a lifetimed mini for $175 and STILL have my other lifetime S3. Works for me.
     

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