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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum. :up:

    Check out this thread for more details about TiVo HD's.

    Check out this post for spec comparisons between the Series3 and the Tivo HD.

    To get more recording space you can add an external drive via plug and play. Additional options for increasing recording capacity can be found on this thread.

    We have a Series3 and a TiVo HD and both are very good. If I were to buy another it would probably be a TiVo HD based on price, the fact that they have stopped making the Series3 and that TiVo HD's appear to be better situated architecturally for the future IMHO.
     
  2. Lori S

    Lori S New Member

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    Is there a problem using a TIVO HDXL with Comcast and just 1 card?
    It seems that people here have 2 cards but Comcast only gave me one.
     
  3. windracer

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    You can use one card as long as it's a multi-stream card (M-Card). If Comcast is using S-Cards (single-stream) in your area, you'll need two of them or your TiVo will switch into single-tuner mode.
     
  4. wizkidzulu

    wizkidzulu New Member

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    Can someone clarify some issues for me?
    1) Can series 3 accept a m-card in tampa bay BHN area? I have 2 s-cards and want to switch to maximize usage.
    2) I also am having channel availability issues, digital and hd channels. I have to reset DVR daily to view these channels. Today, I can not receive the 700's, usually this happens around 5 pm daily. I believe this to be SDV issue. I called BHN and asked if they were using SDV and the csr said no.
    3) Is there a tuner adapter available in tampa bay BHN?
     
  5. windracer

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    Is it a Series3 (with the front OLED screen)? If so, no, it will only accept 2 S-Cards. If it's a TiVoHD, you can use an M-Card. I just had Brighthouse swap out the two S-Cards in my THD for an M-Card last weekend, but I'm stuck with the two S-Cards in my S3.

    I'm actually having this problem today ... I've got a gray screen on a lot of the HD and digital channels, but not all. My THD has the same problem, but my S3 does not. I figured BHN was having some sort of issue today (I haven't called).

    Yes, they have them, although I haven't attempted to get one. They are apparently free for the first year. Careful, though, I had one rep (over e-mail) tell me the TA replaces the CableCARD, which I'm not sure is true.
     
  6. wizkidzulu

    wizkidzulu New Member

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    thanks windracer for quick reply.

    yes--series 3, so s-cards it will be.

    Are you familiar with daily issues with BHN channels?
     
  7. windracer

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    I don't have "daily" problems, but occasionally I will have issues like today where I can't tune to ch 120, but have no problem with ch 121. Or I can't tune to a bunch of the 700s HD channels, but can tune to 707 (ESPN) without issue. It's weird.
     
  8. morac

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    Just to clarify in case someone reads this thread in the future since S-Cards are getting harder to find. The S3 can also take 2 M-Cards and the M-Cards will behave as S-Cards.
     
  9. windracer

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    Thanks, I should have thought of that. :eek:
     
  10. Sep 4, 2010 #450 of 460
    Dr_Diablo

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    whens the next software update gonna drop?

    I'v about had it if the tivo won't operate as intended

    sadly the month fee still has it be paid, for crappy service
     
  11. Sep 4, 2010 #451 of 460
    richsadams

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    No crystal ball here, so no idea when the next update will be. They usually have a fall update, but who knows?

    What's your Series3 doing or not doing? Ours is working fine. :confused:

    To answer your signature question...we have both. I pre-ordered the Premiere XL so have had it since day one. I still really like our Series3. So far I'm a bit disappointed in the Premiere XL. It is nice, a little more compact and has a few more bells and whistles but even though they've improved it since it was released the HD UI is still too slow for me so I run the SD menus. So for all intents it works the same as our Series3. I truly hope the Premieres will offer bigger, better, faster options in the future, but for now I'd stick with your Series3...providing it's working as it should.
     
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    keenanSR

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    Only my guess, but given that the platform is over 4 years old, and the new Premier line has been released, I wouldn't expect too many more updates, maybe some small behind the scenes fixes, but certainly not anything new feature-wise. It is what it is, use it until it breaks. :D
     
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    windracer

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    The latest software version for the Series3/TiVo HD boxes is 11.0h which came out a few weeks ago. It enabled USB keyboard (and thus support for the new Slide remote).
     
  14. bicker

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    Uh, roll back a second... I can plug a keyboard into my S3 now? :confused:
     
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    Yeah, I've had a KVM and wireless keyboard in two of my A/V racks (for the 360, PS3, Wii) for ages and it was useless for the S3's and NOW when I'm about to switch back to DTV, they finally support it. What next? The ability to recognize a UPS I've asked for on every survey?
     
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    I'm not especially surprised that the 'official' links in the first post in this thread all point to information no longer available on Tivo's site, since that post is over 4 years old.

    But when deciding on my first tivo about a year ago (ended up with a Series2+LPS for $200), I made use of the comparison charts that appear to be no longer available there.

    Did anyone happen to save a copy of those matrices?

    I'm especially interested in the features of the various S3 models.
    e.g. was the TCD648xxx the only model ever THX certified?


    Thanks!
     
  19. richsadams

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    I don't have the comparison chart, but maybe this is what you're looking for...

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/10/23/tivo-hd-vs-series3/

    To answer your question, these three TiVo models were/are all THX Certified.

    - TiVo Series3 (Original hi-def TiVo)
    - TiVo HDXL
    - TiVo Premiere XL (Series4)

    You could also Check out this thread for more details about TiVo HD's:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5351201#post5351201

    Check out this post for spec comparisons between the Series3 and the Tivo HD.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5353037#post5353037

    This post has all of the details about the TiVo Premiere:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=444083

    Hope that helps!
     
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