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Series 3 Tivo...Best Tivo ever?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by roachjl, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. roachjl

    roachjl New Member

    Oct 29, 2006
    I have had the XL4 for 5 days now. I like the new interface and the four tuners.
    I previously had a series 3, which has been moved to the bedroom. I miss it in my main tv room.
    My question is, is the series 3 the best TiVo ever? I love the program titles (and the time) on the front display. It was really a good device, especially given when it was released.
    What do you guys think?
  2. rogmatic

    rogmatic New Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    TiVo HD is the best.
  3. roachjl

    roachjl New Member

    Oct 29, 2006
    I've always thought the HD was a cheap version of the series 3...
  4. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    OLED screen -- great

    Need 2 cablecards -- BAD
    slow downloads to computer -- BAD
  5. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Houston &...
    Pluses and minuses to all units. I love the 4 tuners on the Elite. Miss the ability to have closed captions at 1X-FF, like my S3. Program titles never really mattered to me.

    Now I'm waiting for the upcoming 6-tuner unit this fall, so it can be the latest and greatest.

    I just love my TiVo's regardless.:):up:
  6. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Despite its incomplete cablecard support, the S3 was probably my most favorite consumer electronics device.

    Had a handy OLED screen and it didn't suffer from a handful of nagging bugs that crept up on the TivoHD as it aged.
  7. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    It (inclusive of the very similar HD) was the last Tivo. In the original sense of the Tivo as an open useful platform. I would guess that the series 3 marked the end of any involvement of any of the original Tivo principals or talent.
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Well I have an original Series 3, TiVo HD, & Premiere. If you only rate them on being a "DVR" they are all great. If you are a person who worries about how the UI looks instead of how it works or a person that wants something more than a DVR then things change and become much more personal. From an OTA user point of view the Series 3 units work slightly better for me. For me personally being able to self upgrade the internal hard drive to 2TB for the TiVo HD & Premiere are a plus for both of those units.

    I doubt someone on a cable system going to MPEG 4 with expensive cable cards thinks an original Series 3 unit which can not receive the MPEG 4 channels and needs 2 cable cards is better than a Premiere.

    So I guess my opinion on which is "best" comes down to how the individual is using/rating them.
  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    The S3 was the last Tivo I owned so I can't compare it to the Premiere or anything newer than the Tivo HD. The HD was a budget version of the S3 with most of the same technology but not all of the features. The best thing I liked about the S3 was the display that would indicate what shows were currently being recorded. No other Tivo I've seen has ever had this feature. I thought it was overpriced, but since it was the first digital cablecard DVR it's what you had to pay for new technology.
  10. achalupa

    achalupa Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    I think the S2 was my favorite TiVo. Probably because it was my first and the dramatic effect it had on my tv watching habit. Everything since then has been a slow incremental upgrade. Folks with S1's probably think the same about that device.

    I still use an s3 daily and it performs as a DVR very well. Beyond that, not so much.
  11. MPSAN

    MPSAN Active Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I liked my 3 THD's, but sold 2 of them and now have a THD and a P4 and an XL4. The thing I like about the Premieres are the 4 tuners, but the best improvement is Streaming vs. copying! This means that we can watch any show from 1 Premiere on another and not care about the copy bits, or waiting for a show to start to transfer!
  12. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Is it really *any* show?

    I don't have 2 Premieres, but I was unable to stream some downloaded *podcasts* on my iPad mini (but I could stream HBO shows which are clearly copy protected). BTW, this was just playing with it (though IIRC, they were old enough podcasts that I *couldn't* just re-download them on the iPad).

    It didn't give me a copy protected error, it just gave whatever error it gives when it can't start a stream.. and other things were able to stream.
  13. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    You can put a 2TB drive in that OLED S3 using only WinMFS as long as that 648 is already running version 11.0k of the TiVo software, which it almost certainly is.

    Let me know if you want the exact procedure.
  14. MPSAN

    MPSAN Active Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Yes, so far any show will stream between the Premieres. Frontier FIOS has copy bits on all but the normal OTA stations like CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.
  15. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I never found the display that useful. At a standard distance I couldn't read it anyway. The clock was OK, since it was bigger, but the actual show names were so small you basically had to walk up to it to see them.

    I think visually the Premiere is a better looking box. Although the speed of the UI leaves a lot to be desired.

    From what I've heard through the grapevine the upcoming 6 tuner unit is going to be pretty swank, so it might just turn out to be the best TiVo ever made. But I'll reserve judgement until I actually get my hands on one.
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    but I mean, did you try podcasts?
  17. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    +1 I have to go with the S4 because you can stream. Copy protection was no longer an issue and I did not have to wait for slow downloads.
    I also like the remote delete.
  18. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Streaming, lower power use, fast transfers, and the (mostly) complete HD UI make the S4s better boxes now. Wasn't that way when they were released but it's pretty clear now.
  19. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    How many of you who are happy with your Tivo (any model) are forced to use a Tuning Adapter? I bet if you separated satisfaction statistics based on that factor you would find much less average satisfaction among those forced to use TA's. (Of course there will never be any satisfaction statistics.)

    I have so many TA-related problems with my Tivo HD that I just can't get excited about spending money to upgrade to a newer model -- just to have the same issues again -- or maybe even worse if more tuners are involved.

    Time Warner's anti-Tivo strategy (whether intentional or incidental) is working.
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I use a TA and don't have many problems.

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