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Help: Upgrading from Series 2 DT to Series 3 HD!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by MarkJC1018, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. MarkJC1018

    MarkJC1018 New Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    I purchased a TiVo Series 2 DT Unit a few months back to use with Comcast Digital Cable. Yesterday I switched my cable from Comcast to Verizon FiOS and as we all know, the TiVo Series 2 DT doesn’t work well Verizon FiOS cable because channels 50 and above on Verizon are all “digital.”

    I am sort of technologically inept when it comes to cable television and TiVo, so that’s why I am posting here for suggestions. From what I’ve read online, I’m assuming that I’ll have to ditch the Series 2 DT and upgrade to the Series 3. That way I’ll be able to record and watch 2 digital stations at the same time (instead of how it is currently, where my TiVo acts more like a VCR, and if I record channel 50 or above, I can’t even change the station while doing so).

    My questions are as follows:

    1. Am I right in assuming that I have to upgrade to TiVo Series 3 in this situation? Will the Series 3 work if I do not have HDTV (I will have HDTV in September '07)?

    2. Do I also have to install two cable cards, or a multi-stream cable card, into my TiVo Series 3 unit once I have it? If so, is this something I should set up with Verizon?

    3. I purchased my TiVo Series 2 DT a few months back with a 3-year plan. Has anyone had experience with TiVo and trying to “upgrade” from one box to another? I’m not sure what the situation entails since I already have a 3-year plan purchased but I want to upgrade to the Series 3.

    Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it. This forum is a wealth of information, thanks to you, and I anxiously await your responses!

  2. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

    Nov 13, 1999
    Buffalo, NY
    1. a Series3 will work just fine without HD channels or an HDTV.

    2. a Series3 currently will make a multi-stream card act like a single-stream one. So you're gonna need 2 cards, no matter if they're multi- or single- variety.

    3. I don't think you can 'upgrade' like that. But I'm not sure.
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    You can upgrade. You just purchase the TiVo for full price retail, and change the TSN on the account.
  4. MarkJC1018

    MarkJC1018 New Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    What is TSN? So I'm assuming I should probably just eBay the Series 2 DT and purchase the Series 3 DT through TiVo.
  5. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    Your premise is wrong. I'll assume you're not an anti-Tivo troll spouting misinformation.

    I have FIOS, and have 3 S2DT As well as 2 S3's. The S2's work just fine, like they always have, and nothing like a VCR.

    No idea what your issues are really.
  6. BruceShultes

    BruceShultes New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Albany, NY
    TSN is Tivo Service Number.

    I don't know about the Series 2 DT, but on the S3 you can find it by pressing Tivo->Messages & Settings->Account & System Information->System Information,
  7. MarkJC1018

    MarkJC1018 New Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Nope. I love TiVo and don't want to get rid of it. I set it up exactly like how I did earlier with Comcast when it worked fine. Whenever I'm recording a "digital" channel (channels 50+, which are basically the only ones I'll ever watch), when I go to change the channel a message comes up and says that I can either leave the channel the same and continue recording or change the channel and stop recording.

    I have my "Analog" set up on "Line" and my TiVo set up on "Video 1." Whenever I'm recording a digital table on "Video 1" and then change the channel on "Line" to another digital channel, the TiVo records whatever I change the channel to.

    Hence, I can only record one station at once and if I do change the channel it records whatever I change it to. As a result, I figured I'd have to updgrade to Series 3.

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