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Series 3 vs. HD Tivo, which is better?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by drvanhook, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. drvanhook

    drvanhook New Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    my family needs another tivo unit, but I'm having trouble justifying the expense of a Premiere + Lifetime, so looking at pre-owned Series 3/HD tivos that already have lifetime on them, since they are at least a couple hundred less...

    I have an HD Tivo with lifetime already, but have never gotten to see/use a Series 3, so wondering how they compare?

    excluding hard drive size from a comparison (am planning to do a 1TB HD upgrade myself anyways LOL), IF they were the same cost, which would be a better one for me to buy? The "HD Tivo", or the "Series 3" that had the OLED front?

    if the Series 3 w/lifetime was $50 more than an HD Tivo w/lifetime (again, excluding HD size in comparison), would that be reasonable/worth it?

    seems the Series 3 units had a MUCH higher retail cost when they were available, but that doesn't always mean better :) the HD Tivo being a lot cheaper was why I ended up with one in the first place...so at this point, the HD Tivo is newer than its Series 3 predecessor, but is it considered better/same/worse in comparison?

    since they're both older models, how's the reliability of them? one have more failures than the other? one easier to fix/repair than the other?

    read somewhere else on the forum that the motherboard structure changed, as in where the TSN was stored, which could be relevant if you had a motherboard go bad, and could find a working unit w/o the lifetime you wanted to preserve...that on the Series 3, the TSN is in a chip which could be desoldered and moved to a working motherboard, but starting with the HD Tivo, the TSN moved to the CPU which is not something the average DIYer can do (and checking with Weaknees, sounds like even their repair dept can't do it??), so is this by itself enough reason to buy a Series 3 over an HD Tivo, price being the same? or are the HD Tivos overall reliable enough that motherboard failures aren't common enough to worry about?

    thanks for any info in helping me make this decision :)
  2. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    You double-posted. :mad: Not nice!

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