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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by megazone, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    No, there is one universal setting for aspect, etc.
     
  2. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    No. Maybe as a hack. And probably, but unknown.
     
  3. silentbob

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    Given that the original warranty is only one year and that the lifespans of people's units (for Series 1 and 2) appear to vary, what do y'all think about ordering from CC/BB and getting the 4/5-year extended warranty rather than ordering from TiVo and transferring my Series 2 lifetime sub for a unit that would be "uncovered" after one year?

    (I've worked out the math in the "How to figure out costs" thread, but have no clue about how to factor in the warranty issue from a necessity standpoint)
     
  4. hiker

    hiker S.o.N.Y.D.a.C.

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    If you want an extended warranty, you can buy a Repair Master by Warrantech service plan regardless of where you purchased the S3. For 5 year plan, look for RMV51000 if you pay $1000 or less. RMV5750 if you pay $750 or less. I'm buying from tivo.com and plan on getting the RMV51000.
     
  5. wmcbrine

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    Is there any hope that this will be fixed in a future software upgrade?
     
  6. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I asked if there will be an update to give the S3 asymmetric capabilities list the S2DT, and this is the reply:
     
  8. Larry in TN

    Larry in TN New Member

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    There's no reason to "fix" it. In a month or two the multi-stream cableCARD will be available and we can trade in our two single-stream cards for one multi-stream card.
     
  9. Gregor

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    Would an extended warranty cover a box modified with a bigger hard drive?
     
  10. hiker

    hiker S.o.N.Y.D.a.C.

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    If the manufacturer's original warranty would cover then the extended warranty should also.
     
  11. Alcatraz

    Alcatraz Occasionally Helpful

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    That's a nice way of saying "No" :D since the original warranty won't cover anyone opening up the box. Then again, they may not be able to ever figure it out.
     
  12. BarryPCC

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    Hi! I've had a Series 2 since October 2002 and plan on getting S3 by the New Year's Eve deadline so I can transfer my lifetime service. First, many thanks to Megazone and everyone else here for making this forum so informative on the S3. I had a lot of questions and all but one has been answered here. My one remaining question is this:

    I am a Comcast subscriber in Richmond, VA so I already know that getting CableCards from them is going to be, shall we say, an advernture. I currently buy the Major League Baseball Extra Innings package via InDemand Pay Per View. I know that with CableCards I will lose OnDemand since I won't have a set-top box, but will this Extra Innings package be affected as well, or will it still be received thu the CableCard without a problem?

    Thanks again!
     
  13. Dizzy49

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    Analog recording will be small.
    HD recording will take up alot of space.
    SD recording (a 4:3 show on a HD channel/digital channel) will be bigger than Analog, but smaller than HD. The quality difference between Analog and Digital SD is *HUGE*


    I record HD and Digital SD on my PC from OTA often. My wife refuses to watch any analog station now.

    However, the S3 cost is just too much for what you get. I'll be waiting...
     
  14. Dizzy49

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    Ah, no worries, in the next year or so they will ban all devices of any kind on airplanes, so it won't be an issue any more.

    No, seriously, they are considering doing it. I believe they already did something similar in the UK. No carry-ons, drinks, no nothing. Gotta make flying with kids a real joy.
     
  15. Dizzy49

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    I'm always leery about buying warranties from companies. I bought a warranty on my big screen tv, and so far every problem I've had isn't covered. I was promised a yearly cleaning, and a yearly gun alignment. Yeah right. Ended up having to pay an attorney to contact Best Buy to get my $500 back for the warranty.

    I'm supposed to sell warranties for computers at CompUSA. On desktops I think they are almost worthless. On laptops, they are worth it. Sounds like the hard drive fails on the Tivos for the most part. Under the HP warranty for their desktops, that's not covered. That's normal wear and tear as far as they are concerned, not a manufacturer defect. What's Tivo's take on that? Do CC/BB just extend the manfacturer's warranty, or replace it with their own?

    Yeah, nothing like throwing down $1000 just to have it crap out a couple months later. Been there, done that.
     
  16. comicsacrifice

    comicsacrifice New Member

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    i'm getting mine today from frys. they have it on hold. the ONLY complaint i have at the moment is the limited 250 gig storage. i really hope someone throws together comprehensive guide for hard drive upgrade (with reccomended drives and parts) OR even better, i hope tivo activates that currently worthless esata port. (and makes it openly compatable with any external esata drives available)
     
  17. albrandwood

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    Weaknees is now selling (or at least preordering) prebuilt 500gb and 750gb replacements ... They aren't cheap as the 750gb is $599 (about $200 more than a bare drive from BestBuy :-( ) ...

    However, since the S3 is SATA, home upgrades are gonna be a little harder since not only will you need an SATA controller in your computer, it will need to be one that the upgrade CD can work with ... Linux (at least the version of 2.6.15.4 kernel I have) support for SATA controllers is somewhat less guaranteed than PATA ... (Xandros 3.01 with kernel 2.6.15.4 doesn't support the SATA controller in my HP desktop :-( )

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  18. albrandwood

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    In general, so am I ... I had one from BB on my first plasma ... after 2 yrs it died ... took BB 8 weeks to agree that they couldn't repair it (due to inability to obtain replacement parts from the manufacturer) ...

    was it worth it? The hassle: no ... the "free" upgrade from an EDTV to HDTV Plasma: yes ... I got a shinny new HDTV plasma for $300 (the cost of the warranty) :-D

    With BB in the past, they replaced it with their own ... however, the HD is the one aspect I _dont_ care if it dies ... I can replace that, and it has no affect on the lifetime subscription ... my concern is that the motherboard dies after 13 months, taking with it the lifetime subscription. In my setup, it will take 29 months to breakeven on the lifetime transfer cost... I'd like to extend the warranty to 4 yrs, since in 4 yrs, if it dies, the S4 will be released, and I can (probably) transfer the subscription then ...

    While it is far more likely the mechanical components will fail before electrical, I had to replace a raid controller in an exchange server this week after only 18 months ... and We've a laptop that had it's motherboard replaced twice so far ... Remember, these are (usually) built to a higher quality build than CE equipment, which is designed to be "disposable" rather than "repairable".

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  19. bkdtv

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    I would also be interested to know who offers an extended warranty for the Series3 that covers a dead hard drive. Has anyone had a chance to read the terms of the extended warranties offered by BB and Circuit City?

    The only moving part in the Series3 is the hard drive, so that should be the first part to go. So long as you have a good surge protector, the chance of the mainboard dying in the first five years is probably quite low.
     
  20. c3

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    This is a pure guess, since I haven't even ordered the S3s yet. The normal upgrade process and tools may work by attaching a PATA<->SATA converter, so to the PC, it's just a PATA drive.
     

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