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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    I get great HD over the air reception with just a Silver Sensor antenna thingy. I want to record two over the air HD programs simultaneously. Will the series 3 do that?
     
  2. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    Yes, per the FAQ.
     
  3. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    720p hybrid displays all HD video at 720p and all SD video at 480p.
    1080i hybrid displays all HD video at 108i and all SD video at 480p

    When using hybrid mode, you may experience flickering as the TV changes when the format swaps. This can also cause the channel to change slower as the S3 changes output settings.

    I personally utilize 1080i fixed to avoid the slowdown and flickering, although it is possible that some video will suffer slight degradation during upconvertion, but it hasn't been much of an issue.
     
  4. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    I heard the 108i resolution isn't all that popular these days ;) :D
     
  5. dnorth12

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    Retested the skip feature properly and it worked properly. Thanks for the reeducation and the kick in the pants to read the manual before asking questions on something that is already covered.

    30 sec skip works great as well and it is nice that it codes in the TIVO unit and not the remote. That way I don't have to learn the code to my Harmony. It just works.
     
  6. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    It's pretty popular with the video Ipod crowd.


    phox
     
  7. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    No, you don't. The same code is sent by the remote, and in the context of entering channel numbers, the interpretation by the Tivo remains the same. Only the interpretation during playback changes.
     
  8. nhey

    nhey New Member

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    Thanks a lot. It does work perfectly.
     
  9. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Q: I get great HD over the air reception with just a Silver Sensor antenna thingy. I want to record two over the air HD programs simultaneously. Will the series 3 do that?

    The FAQ says it has one input for cable and one input for antenna and it can record two programs at a time from any mix of sources. So does this mean it can record over the air HD from the cable input in addition to the antenna input? Do I split my silver sensor to each connection or will I be able to record two over the air HD broadcasts if the antenna is connected to the single antenna input?
     
  10. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

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    there's an internal splitter to 2 ATSC OTA tuners.

    connect one antenna to the single jack and it does what it needs to do.
     
  11. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    See How Do I Set Up My Series3 HD DVR?
     
  12. balt

    balt New Member

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    I talked with Tivo support today and they said the Series 3 will work with one cable card and antenna/cable as the other tuner. You can dual tune the regular stations but the digital stations will be single tune since you only have 1 cable card
    to tune the digital stations. The Tivo User guide states you need two cards for dual tuner but they are talking about dual tuning digital channels so what support said may be right. Anyone have a single cable card and antenna/cable for the other tuner to verify this?
     
  13. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I tested it with one CableCARD - that's how I found out about the limitation. With just one card the second tuner was *gone*, disabled completely.
     
  14. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    They are confusing the behavior of the S3 with that of the S2 DT (symmetrical tuner vs asymmetrical).

    With S3 using one single stream CableCARD, the box only works as a single tuner regardless of source. No dual tuning just on antenna or analog cable when that single card is in place. This is the only configuration that takes the S3 down to single tuner status.

    We're looking into whether or not this behavior can be modified in the future, but this is how it works right now.
     
  15. JakiChan

    JakiChan New Member

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    I *really* wouldn't want to correct the manufacturer but if you're going to set a fixed resolution the best one to use is the "native" format for the set, so I would set it to 720p if you have a 720p set.

    That being said I might recommend that folks experiment with the options. Your TV set might have better upsampling/downsampling hardware or software than the external box. I know with my Hitachi that's usually the case.
     
  16. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Yes. I have a 720p set, and every setting other than 720p fixed causes problems ranging from long image drop-outs while changing channels to flat-out losing the picture.
     
  17. hiker

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

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    I haven't seen this answered but I may have missed it.

    Are CableCARDs able to be swapped into another S3? For example, I have my S3 setup with 2 CableCARDs and suddendly my hard drive fails and I am sent a replacement S3. Can I just remove the cards, install in new S3 and don't have to call cable co.? Or are CableCARDs married to a particular S3?
     
  18. Spiff72

    Spiff72 Member

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    You will have to call the cableco and possibly have a tech do the swap for you. The cablecards are "married" to the equipment they are installed in, so they can't be swapped.
     
  19. Roderigo

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    Depends on how your cable company is set up. If they're using any form of copy protection, the cards need to be bound to the host (the slot on the S3). As soon as you move the card (or put a different card into the slot), that breaks the binding, and you'd have to call your cable company to re-bind the cards.

    If the cable company doesn't take down the HostID from each slot, there's no way they could have done the binding.

    If they do take the number, that doesn't mean you require the binding, but they could change that at any time.
     
  20. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    FAQ updated to v1.2
     

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