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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #21 of 460
    Fofer

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    One thing I will not do is buy a TiVo product based on "promised" features. (Just ask the Mac guys waiting for TiVo To Go about that. It's a fool's game, entrenched in frustration.)

    I'll buy a TiVo product based on what it offers today, and expect no more. Anything on top of that, later on, is just icing on the cake.

    I didn't buy the DirecTiVo until both tuners were enabled, and I'm glad I waited. The price had dropped considerably in the meantime.

    That said, I just need to decide if I'd rather have MRV and be able to download shows off my hacked DTiVo's... or HD.

    And right now I'm thinking HD might win.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #22 of 460
    Andru1313

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    Thanks.... I was reading on tivo.com that there is a transfer fee? 199 bucks to transfer service is that correct? Why are they making there loyal customers pay so much.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #23 of 460
    Fofer

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    Some might say it was generous of them to offer the transfer fee at all. Otherwise, the lifetime option has been discontinued. The fact that they're allowing their "loyal customers" the opportunity to get another lifetime fee for $200 for the new hardware seems like a nice gesture to me.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #24 of 460
    Andru1313

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    Oh that is for life time members... I misunderstood. I am not so I could purchase with out haveing to pay a transfer fee. My bad. Thanks for clearing that up!!! :up:
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #25 of 460
    cap

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    So does the series 3 have the wireless Tivo adaptor inside?

    The videos I'm watching have it in the box.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #26 of 460
    TK421

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    I'm wondering about this, too. Megazone, do you know the answer?
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #27 of 460
    Fofer

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    Indeed, I'm thinking this will be more of an issue since MRV won't be available (yet? ever?) and since this is a pricey box.

    Folks may want to distribute/modulate/share/split the output from this box to multiple TV's.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #28 of 460
    TK421

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    Exactly, I distribute my current S2 to all of the TVs in my house, I'd like to do the same with the S3.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #29 of 460
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    Regarding DIGITAL audio output: My current SA8300 will output either HDMI or Dolby Digital -- not both. This means that if I want to output DD to my receiver, I get no sound sent to my TV using an HDMI cable (sometimes we want to watch TV w/out turning on the receiver). Can the S3 output non-DD digital through the HDMI and DD through the optical port at the same time?
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #30 of 460
    nhey

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    I'm not familiar with how cablecards are hooked up. I know 2 of them are needed to use both tuners. Does the cable coaxial cable hook up to the cable input on the S3 or does it connect via a splitter to both cablecards?
     
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    AJRitz

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    CableCards are essentially hardware "keys" to unlock encrypted content. The cable connects to the coaxial terminal on the TiVo box, and then the content that flows over that cable is unencrypted by the CableCards.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #33 of 460
    pstryjew

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    Mega,

    What about output "formats". Does it improve SD programming. Taking S2 and displaying to a 50" TV leave a real blocky picture. Does the Hybrid mode help with the display?

    Pete

    BTW - Anyone in Central Ohio, what to figure out exact what we need from Time Warner? It'll cost $40 for them to being 2 cable cards to your door.
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #34 of 460
    Amnesia

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    +1

    Also:
    Anyone seen an official list of supported network cards?

    Why does the S3 have two USB ports?
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #35 of 460
    TiVoJerry

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    All of the outputs function simultaneously. No need to do any toggling.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #36 of 460
    jhonaker

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    I've held off getting Verizon FiOS because I figured it wouldn't work with TiVo. I just tried to find info about cable cards on their site, but no luck. Could someone point me in the right direction? As happy as I am to get rid of the COX DVR, I'd be even happier to ditch COX altogether.

    Thanks.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2006 #37 of 460
    Fofer

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    Suh-weeet! Thanks, TiVoJerry. I know this was an issue on the HR10-250, and due to how I distribute video in my house, that was sort of a deal-breaker. I can live without MRV for the time being... and am now looking forward to some dual tuner HD TiVo goodness.
     
  18. Sep 12, 2006 #38 of 460
    megazone

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    SD is improved - I just posted my review at TiVoLovers.com and I'm scrambling to get a bbcode formatted version to post here. But I have a day job and all, so give me a minute. ;-)

    As for the other question - ALL outputs are active, nothing to toggle. So you can use the HDMI, component, S-Video, and composite outputs all at the same time if you want.
     
  19. Sep 12, 2006 #39 of 460
    SpankyInChicago

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    No MRV?

    Oh well. Guess I am sticking with my HR10-250s and DirecTV until MRV is available.
     
  20. Sep 12, 2006 #40 of 460
    megazone

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    Universal standard USB widget. They're cheaper than buying a one socket mount, so why not? :)
     

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