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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. albrandwood

    albrandwood New Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Haven't ordered mine yet ... (I'm hoping to pick one up from BestBuy with 0% salestax at the end of the month when I go to a wedding ... well, order it for in-store pickup as I drive by)

    I'm hoping that the SATA-PATA and an SATA-WD adapter (if needed) will resolve the issues, but
    (a) have to buy an S3 to confirm
    (b) have to buy a 750gb drive
    (c) have to buy the required adapters etc
    (d) I'm sure by the time I do it, someone will have posted full instructions and requirements :-D

  2. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    They are never worth it.

    The people selling the warranties do it to make money. That means that on average, people will spend more money paying for the warranties than the company will spend fixing problems. The companies have experience to determine the correct price to charge to ensure that they make a profit.

    Yes, some individuals might end up receiving more than they pay, but most people will not. It's kind of like a lottery except that there's no way to "win". The only way that a warranty is worth it for a particular individual is if they have massive problems with their equipment and that's hardly "winning"...
  3. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    I specifically ask for an Extended Warranty from Best Buy last night when I picked up my Series3 and they said they didn't offer it.

    I have never bought one from BB before, but have great success with Extended warranties from Circuit City and Sound Advice(a tweeter store)
  4. hiker

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

    Nov 29, 2001
    SF Bay Area...
    I've had good experience with the Repair Master exteneded warranty and have it now for most of my gear. Had a plasma panel go bad after 14 months (2 months after manuf. warranty expired) and they offered to replace it with a new current model or refund their cost of same. I took the refund, got a check promptly and bought a bigger plasma.
  5. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Well, of course. Same goes for health, homeowners, fire, car, flood, and any other kind of insurance out there. If it didn't make someone a profit, it wouldn't exist.

    It's an insurance policy. Plain and simple.
  6. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    The S3 is finally in a couple of the BBs here, and the web site encouraged me to put the $29 DVR/TIVO extended warranty in my cart.

    I have had extremely bad experiences with BBs service policies and I stopped buying them years ago. They were doing all their own "repairs" and holding on to your equipment for weeks, then returning it none the better.
  7. keenanSR

    keenanSR Active Member TCF Club

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    Yes, they do, I paid $30 for a 4 year plan, at that price it was a steal. The register code is 3762404 for TiVo/Replay.
  8. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002

    I almost never buy extended warrenties. Twice in my life I have- both times it happened to work out. Once for a camcorder (I brok ethe previous one so figured I better get it) and more recently for my LCD RPTV- when I bought it it was like one complete paycheck and it was new technology- so i picked up the extented waretny at CC. THe other day the bulb died- it costs $399 to buy. Warrenty paid for. If the bulb just happens to die again before the end date and I call to get another bulb mailed, then i'll make a pile on it....
  9. silentbob

    silentbob New Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    On a related note, does anyone know if the EW at BB has covered dead hard drives for the Series 1/2 models?
  10. Canoehead

    Canoehead 1 of The Curs'd 200

    Sep 12, 2006
    Don't most HDDs have a 3 year manufacturers warranty? Anyway, the HDD that costs $200 today (500gigs) will cost $100 in 2 years, so it is not the worst thing to have to replace.
  11. hiker

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

    Nov 29, 2001
    SF Bay Area...
    Hard drives purchased in a retail box usually have 3 year warranties by the manufacturer. The OEM drives put in my the manufacturers of DVRs usually have only 90 day to 1 year warranties. Also the warranty term is usually printed on the hard drive label.
  12. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

    Sep 8, 2000
    Typical consumer drives:
    WD and Maxtor retail: 1 year.
    WD and Maxtor bare: 3 years.
    Seagate: 5 years.

    Typical drives in DVR: none from the drive manufacturer.
  13. lemketron

    lemketron Senior Bit Twiddler

    Jun 24, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I guess most people are moving from S2 boxes and/or are used to cable or satellite STBs.

    Our past experience was with a (seemingly slow at other things) analog-only S1, and I have to say that I hate the lag. I don't have the cable cards yet, but on the built-in (QAM) tuner, I can't stand the screen blanking out every time I change channels. Too bad it can't pre-tune the second tuner with a guess at the next channel (if I'm going up or down through the list). I hope that adding the cable cards somehow improves this but I'm not optimistic.

    Just thought this was worth pointing out for anyone else moving from a pure (and fast) analog TiVo experience. (Yeah yeah, "welcome to the 21st century", I guess. I was just hoping it would be clear in EVERY regard, especially performance, that this was an improvement from my six-year old S1.)
  14. cgould

    cgould Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    WD has a good program to extend warranties online, eg 1yr -> 3yr for $15 (for retail/bare)...just input the serial# and check the warranty status.
    Maybe someone w/ an S3 (opened) could input their drive S/N at http://support.wdc.com, and check the warranty status, incl if they list option to extend it?

    I 've done that for all my replacement/expansion SA1 tivo drives... WD120g worked nicely so far...
  15. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

    Sep 8, 2000
    If you want 3 years with WD, it's probably cheaper to get the bare drive which already has 3-year warranty. Based on my experience (not S3), WD drive in TiVo does not have WD warranty, so you cannot extend it.
  16. tgibbs

    tgibbs New Member

    Sep 22, 2002
    Yes, generally you are better off self-insuring (which means if it breaks, just pay to have it fixed) your stuff unless the cost is likely to be ruinous. On the average, you will save, even if you occasionally get hit with an expensive repair.

    Exceptions are:

    1) If you think that your own unit will get heavier use than most, to the extent that it is substantially more likely to break than average.

    2) If the manufacturer has a monopoly on repairs and really screws you, in which case a service contract may be your best bet.
  17. TexasGrillChef

    TexasGrillChef New Member

    Sep 15, 2006

    I can't remember where I saw them Cyberguys.com or cableguys.com (I think) had SATA conversion cables for that convert back & forth between the WD proprietary(sp?) Sata/power connector. Think it was like $15 or something.

    I do know I saw the conversion / adapter cables though somewhere.

    TexasGrillChef.... Grilling the World away...

    Tivo S3 umod (so far) with Slingbox! :)
  18. lonestarjacket

    lonestarjacket New Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Have you done the math?

    If you want to keep the old box and the new Series 3 as well then there is no advantage at all to tranferring service. You only get 12 months on the old box and that's like prepaying a fully monthly fee for a year anyway.

    Now, the transfer may be a good deal if you have an old Series 1 that you are likely to trash anyway. Otherwise, not so much.
  19. sharding

    sharding New Member

    Feb 11, 2001
    I don't think I saw an answer to this, and I'm still wondering. I can't quite figure out what it's doing. I can see the simulcast channels in the lineup (in the 7XX range), but it won't let me tune to them. I can't tell if I'm actually getting the digital versions of the channels on the real channel numbers (e.g. 4) or not. It would be nice if it were taking the digital signal and writing it straight to disk, just as it supposedly does with the upper (digital-only) channels.
  20. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks!

    Oct 29, 2000
    Actually, no. Because I've had lifetime on my DTV account for a while now. And I have a pre-paid lifetime gift certificate I plan to use, one day, on a Series 3. (But that's just me.)

    Now that you put it that way, though, I see why the "transfer fee" is not such a great deal after all. They should allow your old box to continue to work indefinitely. Or make the transfer free.

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