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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. wdave

    wdave New Member

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    The email is incorrect. That comment applies to a Series 2. Looks like Tivo made a mistake creating the fine print for the email.
     
  2. almighty

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    Ok, good! I was getting quite worried when I read that!
     
  3. Feb 1, 2007 #383 of 460
    breuman

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    OK, S3 output is 1080i. What if you have 1080p LCD? Any workaround to progressive or just SOL?
     
  4. Feb 1, 2007 #384 of 460
    mercurial

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    Well, since nothing is broadcast in 1080p, I don't think it would be a big issue. Your 1080p set should except the 1080i input and de-interlace it to display 1080p.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2007 #385 of 460
    tgibbs

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    It's pretty unlikely that anybody will be broadcasting in 1080p anytime soon. In fact, some 1080p sets are not even capable of accepting a 1080p signal. So the key issue is that your set needs to be able to accept a 1080i signal and deinterlace it to 1080p.
     
  6. Feb 1, 2007 #386 of 460
    ashu

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    Almost no current 1080p sets lack 1080p input capability. Some manufacturers DO limit the connector on which the capability is available, although most take it over component, HDMI (DVI) and VGA (D-SUB)
     
  7. Feb 1, 2007 #387 of 460
    Heinrich

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    Why doesn't my series 3 show the name of the program being recorded OR the output format as the manual indicates? I only get a clock and LED dots
     
  8. Feb 1, 2007 #388 of 460
    c3

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    If the TiVo is recording suggestions, the program names are not shown, just the LEDs. To see the output format, press the button below the display.
     
  9. Feb 1, 2007 #389 of 460
    Heinrich

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    Yes - suggestions are not displayed - Tivo Online Scheduling does not seem to be either but I will test further

    thanks
     
  10. Feb 4, 2007 #390 of 460
    blastoff

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    It is great to have 2 tuners. And the input switch on the remote is a nice touch. I would like to be able to re-assign the aspect button to use the aspect codes for my TV, though.

    The S3 is slow, or at least slower than my old S1. What I'm talking about is the movement thru the guide, for example. The movements down, or page downs, occur more slowly than my old S1. It's just a little bit, but when you upgrade, you expect things to get better.

    And it's not just slower, but sometimes while using the guide I lose the audio, and sometimes the video freezes. It's like it doesn't have enough processing power or memory and takes it from the background task. But the S1 didn't do that.

    I read one person said that the S3 was quiet, but again, not for me. Or at least, it's not any quieter than my S1. When the TV is off and I'm just reading, it's very obvious there is something running.
     
  11. Feb 4, 2007 #391 of 460
    flar

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    I programmed the input button on the peanut to change the aspect modes of my TV. Since my Harmony remote already deals with the TV input for me I didn't need the input button on the peanut to change the TV input.

    Now I can do just about anything I need to while watching TiVo with either my Harmony or the peanut - still deciding which layout I prefer...
     
  12. Feb 4, 2007 #392 of 460
    Fofer

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    That's a great idea. I think I'll do the same. :)
     
  13. Feb 6, 2007 #393 of 460
    dturturro

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    Is this transfer option still available? My HR10-250 crapped out and I'm ready for a S3.
     
  14. Feb 7, 2007 #394 of 460
    Fofer

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    Yeah, it's good till 3/31.

    They say you're supposed to have purchased the S3 by 1/31, but they're not checking.

    EDIT: They initially offered this for standalones only, saying no to DirecTiVos (which your HR10-250 is.) Then allowed DirecTiVos to qualify, then they waffled back, refusing some folks. It appears that DirecTiVos do qualify again now (I was able to transfer one) -- but for now, I'd say it's a "your mileage may vary" situation. Especially since we're now after the 1/31 purchase deadline.
     
  15. synch22

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    I just got the harmony 720 a month ago and was debating getting rid of it because I like the new peanut so much. But I think ill just keep it, its programmed up for the TIVO.
     
  16. Mar 1, 2007 #396 of 460
    YupYup

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    Just saw this post, surprized no one jumped on it earlier, I think that date is still 3/2, tomorrow! Not sure of their interpretation of "activation of the DVR is required by 3/2/2007". Does that mean before 3/2, or by the end of 3/2? and if so what timezone? If you are thinking of making the transfer, I'd do it today! I've transferred 3 (that's enough isn't it? :D ), and I'm a happy camper!
     
  17. ohab

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    i've been told that the s3 aspect ratio control is a linear stretch (i.e. heads in the center of the screen are distorted just as much as the sides of the screen) a couple of questions:

    1) if your outputting at 1080 fixed, can you use the tv's aspect control (which is a non-linear stretch).

    2) can you program your tivo remote to do this?

    3) how many spare buttons on the "peanut" can you program to control other a/v devices?

    4) do you think a non-linear stretch could be added in the future by way of software upgrade (i'm surprised they didn't think of this to begin with).

    Thanks. I bought but haven't recieved my s3.
     
  18. c3

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    I'm surprised that people spend thousands of dollars to watch distorted video.

    1) yes
    4) no, unless the hardware already has such mode
     
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  20. Justin Thyme

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    If all your QAM stations of interest seem to be mapped to station 0, you may notice that you can only channel change to one of them. Three ways to deal with this.

    1) go to the guide and then jump to one of the 0 channels. If it doesn't change, this may mean one of the tuners is already on one of the 0 channels- and very unhelpfully switches you back to that. So you have to move that tuner off onto some other non zero station and then switch back to the desired 0 station.

    2) You can learn what the real QAM frequencies are for your area on AVSforum.com. Even though these real qam frequencies for the "0" stations will not appear in the Tivo Scan list, you can directly change channels to them, and Tivo will get them. (Note that a dash may be enterred by the ->| key.)

    3) You can request your cable company send correctly formed "PSIP" information, as required by FCC rules for locally broadcast stations.
     

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