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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. supie

    supie New Member

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    Originally Posted by Fofer

    I have done this with HDMI to a 60" Plazma and Progressive to a 40" Sony at the same time. (of Course you have to watch the same program on both TV's)
     
  2. Nov 3, 2007 #422 of 460
    nekoashi

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    Is there a FAQ around on how to troubleshoot issues with TiVo desktop not seeing the DVR?
     
  3. Nov 3, 2007 #423 of 460
    bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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  4. TommyV

    TommyV New Member

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    Have the video issues mentioned in this review of the TivoHD been resolved through software updates? I would be looking to use dual cable cards with Fios TV.
     
  5. aidendavidovich

    aidendavidovich New Member

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    I have just activated my Series 3; it is connected to my local Time-Warner Cable which had provided satisfactory performance prior to this hook-up. Initially the setup goave me no problems and the unit received all the channels. One day following setup, while channels 2 thru 99 were received normally, channels 100 and above only have a gray screen with no image or instruction. I checked the cable reception for each of these channels and the reception is present and strong. Can you direct me to the forum or site where I can get some help?
     
  6. bicker

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    In the end, you're really going to need to work this out, one-on-one, with your cable company.
     
  7. Boss77

    Boss77 New Member

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    So I purchased the TivoHD for $299.99. My question is whether it is worth it to purchase the Tivo Series3 for $399 (assuming the $200 rebate effective until January 28). I read the Endgadet review. Anyone know if Series 3 is being discontinued? Can I purchase the better remote for the HD? Any thoughts appreciated
     
  8. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Slower...
    You can buy the Glo Remote separately for the TivoHD.

    Speculation is the S3 is being discontinued, but nobody knows for sure. It is getting hard to find. Somebody posted a link today with an online store that had them in stock.

    If you get an S3, you need 2 s-cards. Where a TivoHD can use just 1 m-card. This should be taken into consideration if you cable provider offers m-cards and charges a lot for two s-cards.

    The S3 is nice, but if you already got the TivoHD I would just stick with what you got.
     
  9. Boss77

    Boss77 New Member

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    Thanks!

     
  10. Ready4TiVo

    Ready4TiVo New Member

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    I recently upgraded to the Series3 HD and had two cable cards installed when I switched from Comcast to Verizon FiOs - everything works great, especially since I had the FAQ from here and Tivo.com to simplify things with the installer. They are not trained well or at all on the cable cards and by default don't like or trust the TiVo units; they prefer to work with their own DVRs which are flat-out more expensive per month. You simply need to be pro-active and provide them the info. (Also beware that when you install two cable cards Verizon charges you monthly as if you are running two televisions.)

    That aside, my question is - and please tell me if I should re-post in a new thread - I would like to burn DVD-R's from the Tivo unit to a Panasonic burner/VHS combo, model DMR-ES30V. I am not looking to burn HD content, just older films and the occasional SD documentary etc. Prior to my HD upgrade I did this easily but the initial set-up was convoluted. This time, after reviewing the two manuals, I purchased a 12-ft. S-Video cable with RCA audio plugs to send content directly from one unit to the other. It almost worked: the image, even the TiVo "home" screen, appears in grainy black & white, both through the TV and on the DVD-R after recording a minute of program. It looks like 1970. Yes, I've triple-checked the connections. No, I have not yet swapped in a regular triple-RCA plug cable. Am I missing something? Should I forget the S-video option?
     
  11. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    Yes. But I'll answer anyway...

    It could be a bad cable. S-video splits the signal into "luma" and "chroma"; if only the "luma" is connected, you get a black-and-white image. It could also be a bad port on the Tivo or DVD-R. But I'd just try another s-video cable before resorting to composite. (Check for bent pins, also.)

    It shouldn't be grainy, either, and that's not a luma/chroma issue.
     
  12. Ready4TiVo

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    LoREvanescence

    LoREvanescence Always Autocorrected

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    quick question. How can you change the channel by typing to a digital channel with out the need to type in the channel above or below it and scan up or down?

    The local stations I get are 4-1, 9-1 and 25-1. I'm finding my self having to always for say, type 25 in and get nickelodeon and scan up one to get Fox 25 Boston.

    Edit: Nevermind, I have been wondering this for some time, but didn't see the (-) above the to the end key.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2008 #434 of 460
    jjp007

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    Ok so I have my brand new Tivo Hd and so far I love it! I am returning the cable company set top box asap. Now the only problem I am having is connecting my audio video equipment. I have an all in one DVR/VCR home theater system (toshiba) with speakers for better sound. Since the Tivo HD unit doesn't have "cable out" port I can't seem to connect it. Anyone have any ideas.

    I am connecting a Samsung LCD HD TV to the Tivo HD (via HDMI) now I want to add the home theater system. I have a PS3 connected but that shouldn't effect this set up as it's just connected to it's own HDMI port.


    Thanks for any help!
     
  15. Feb 3, 2008 #435 of 460
    bicker

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    I connect my TiVo S3 to my home theater system using the digital optical audio output on the TiVo connected to the digital optical audio input on the home theater system.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2008 #436 of 460
    ah30k

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    What is this? Sounds like everything plus the kitchen sink. This unit is a VCR and a DVR and a surround sound system with speakers but used cable-in for input? Sorry, I am just a little confused as to what we are trying to give you advice on.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2008 #437 of 460
    jjp007

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    thanks I will go buy one and try that.


    No sorry, it's a DVD (not R, my mistype) with a VCR home theater system. Very basic.
     
  18. Feb 8, 2008 #438 of 460
    ciper

    ciper New Member

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    Would this FAQ be an appropriate location to answer the common question "Why are there no Tivo sound effects when watching a show in HD"

    "The 'current' version of the FAQ lives at TiVoLovers.com"
    Couldn't you copy and paste then adjust formating as needed? Seems strange to have a sticky thread that will not be maintained which directs users away from the site.
     
  19. Coysher

    Coysher New Member

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    Looking to purchase a TiVo for the first time, but not sure which box to get.....the S3 or HD. I can see the S3 has larger storage, THX and a better remote but is it worth $300 more?
     
  20. dwit

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    For a novice, probably not.
     

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