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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Gator1

    Gator1 New Member

    Oct 20, 2000
    Is it correct the remote can be programed to operate the TV OR the A/V receiver but not both?? I had set up the TV which worked fine. When I set up the A/V receiver, it worked but the TV did not.
  2. ringtone

    ringtone New Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    My question deals with the new Series3 and the home media option. My house has two TV's and one Tivo. If I were to buy the new Series3 and move my lifetime subscription to the Series3, what happens to my older Series2. Can I link the two so I can watch Tivo programs on either TV? It is enough to pay for service for one Tivo.
  3. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks!

    Oct 29, 2000
    No, that's called "MultiRoom Viewing" and it's not possible at this time with the Series 3. TiVo says they're working on it and hope to enable it one day... but as with all things of this nature... no guarantees.
  4. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    it can work for both.

    Search for the thread I posted.

    Sometimes it's hard to find the AV code for power, but you can do a code search form the remote and find it that way (assuming it exists...)

    It "tv power" can power on/off the tv AND AV receiver at once. THe volume buttons and mute will only work the AV volume. The input button will control TV input.
  5. Racquetballjim

    Racquetballjim New Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    If I buy an S3 and transfer my S2 lifetime warranty, and elect not to buy service on the old unit:

    1) Will I still be able to use the S2 to record shows by time and date? If so,

    2) Will I continually get nag screens telling me I need to buy service?

    3) Will TiVo disable the ability to transfer shows to my PC (since the S3 apparently won't do this)?

    4) I don't use credit cards. If I give a friend the cash to order an S3 for me, will TiVo try to automatically start charging her credit card after 12 months to continue service on my old unit?

    My current status: I don't have (or want) satellite or cable. I have an "over the air" HD Decoder allowing me to watch HD shows live on my HD Ready TV, and a Series 2 for recording shows in standard defnition if I'm not home.
  6. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

    Sep 8, 2000
    1. no
    2. yes
    3. yes
    4. yes
  7. hiker

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

    Nov 29, 2001
    SF Bay Area...
    If you use the VIP offer to transfer lifetime to the S3, the S2 will have free service on it for one year.
  8. hiker

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

    Nov 29, 2001
    SF Bay Area...
  9. TeeVohFan

    TeeVohFan New Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    It is amazing how TiVo is changing my buying habits. I was all set to subscribe to DirecTV and buy a DirecTiVo, then DTV announced they were dropping TiVo. So that put that on hold. Then I was waiting for the S3 to see what features it had. Now CATV suddenly looks good simply because of the S3's CableCARD support.

    As I mentioned in another thread, $800 seems like a bit much because I don't have any HD hardware yet so I'm going to use it as an NTSC device for a while and that means I'd actually be minus features for a while. So things I'm waiting to hear about are:
    • What the eSATA port will do (DVD burner, backup disc, RAID 1 mirror or external data storage are all good)
    • Will the USB ports do any of that (stuff above)?
    • MRV?
    • TiVoToGo?
    But I'm not in a rush, I'm hoping around the time most of those questions are answered (with approximate availability dates) that the S3 price will have dropped a bit.
  10. lemketron

    lemketron Senior Bit Twiddler

    Jun 24, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA
    You're kidding, right? I honestly wouldn't bother with S3 if you don't have a HD set to connect to it.

    Nothing yet.


    Not (yet?).

    Not (yet?).

    Good thing you're not in a rush. I'd say since you don't yet have an HD set, skip the S3 at this point. Get a S2 if you don't already have one so you at least don't have to watch live TV. The boxes can be bought (used w/o service) for next to nothing, or in some cases, new ones can be free after an activation rebate.

    I have an S3, but I wouldn't have bothered if our old SD TV hadn't died, causing us to consider for six months (and ultimately decide to) upgrade to an HD set. I think it's still early for HD in terms of the amount of content available (especially on older Comcast 550 MHz systems like in Sunnyvale), but once you get over the hurdle of buying the results are nothing short of spectacular. (I had no idea Rick Steves' Europe was now in HD thanks to PBS, and it's beautiful!)
  11. DOBE

    DOBE New Member

    May 8, 2004
    The detailed list of photos was very informative. Thanks megazone.

    Does the 3 allow stretching or zooming (elimination of black/grey side bars) on HD channels (e.g 13-1) which are broadcasting 4:3 programming? Thanks.
  12. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002

    the other place confirmed it's a BCM7038.

    At least that's what the console boot output indicates:

  13. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I can answer this one....

    It does if you set the aspect ratio to 4:3...
    However, it does not if you set the aspect ratio to 16:9.
  14. DOBE

    DOBE New Member

    May 8, 2004
    Thank you! I believe that's a new feature for TIVO.

    I have a Sony HD 200 STB. It also stretches 4:3 formatted material being sent over an HD channel, if the 1080i/720p signal is forced to 480p. It does a much better job of stretching than the older boxes and TNT HD...when they stretch SD material.

    I'm hoping because of the quality of the series 3, the stretching is barely noticeable. It's a personal preference, but if the tuner will stretch evenly from the outer 1/4 of the picture, I would rather watch that picture than the black/grey bars.

    How good a job does the series 3 do with the stretching? Thanks.
  15. FlippedBit

    FlippedBit New Member

    Dec 25, 2001
    Thanks for all of the info. Could you give the length of the cables in the FAQ please. Specifically I want to know how long the Component cables are. Thanks
  16. tunnelengineer

    tunnelengineer New Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    I can't verify the cable length right now, but they are not very long. I would suggest getting a longer set so you can pull out the tivo without disconnecting cables each time you need to mess with a cablecard (hopefully not very often).

    Now that the S3 is in my house, I am starting a fund for a rotating component rack system. I have had enough with all the cable mess.
  17. mgtbeck

    mgtbeck New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I hope this is a quick newbie question. I'm thinking of getting the DVR set top box to go with the S3 for additional recording capacity. In other words, no cable cards. The set top box and S3 both have dual tuners. If I set this up as cable to box to Tivo will I be able to record on the STB and still access a different channel with Tivo at the same time? The cable guy says that when TIVO changes the channel of the STB I'm stuck on the same channel for both. Thanks.
  18. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    You're getting a cable supplied DVR? Just use a splitter and feed each box a line.
  19. Spiff72

    Spiff72 Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    The S3 cannot control a cablebox (to the best of my knowledge), since it doesn't have any inputs other than the coax ones (there are no Component/Composite/Svideo inputs). Therefore, the S3 doesn't have the ability to control a cable box for recording purposes, since it can't record from any external source, other than the possible exception of being able to record an RF modulated output from a cable box. This approach would be a collosal waste of money, though (you can't record in HD this way).

    You could use a cable DVR and an S3 at the same time, but you will need cablecards to get 2-tuner capability, and the ability to record any digital channels that are normally encrypted by the cable company. In addition, you can't record digital channels that are sent unencrypted (local HD channels are sometimes supplied this way) unless you do manual recordings. You can't map these channels to the Tivo guide at this time, so season pass recordings on these types of channels aren't possible.
  20. musictoo

    musictoo New Member

    Oct 8, 2003
    So, after exhaustive reading I haven't seen this answered yet. I know that the output is simultaneous for each output on the TiVo. I know the aspect ratio is global for all outputs. Is there a button on the remote to change the aspect ratio? Or do you have to go into the setup to do that? I want to set the S3 up with my HD TV in one room and pipe the composite up to my SD TV and I don't want to have a bunch of button presses to get the picture correct for each TV. Hope I've explained this clearly enough.

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