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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #61 of 460
    cap

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    Was it hard to get the cable guy to let you install the cable cards?
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #62 of 460
    megazone

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    Quite the opposite, he took one look at the TiVo and said "Um, why don't you put them in." Or close to it. He was a nice guy, make no mistake, he was just a bit unsure about the TiVo thing.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #63 of 460
    MichaelK

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    and who is your cable company if you dont mind...
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #64 of 460
    Mike Lang

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    I've been through at least 5 or 6 HR10-250s due to failing hard drives. What's the warranty situation with these? Is there a protection plan? I have to pay DTV $7/month just so I can keep swapping these out. What will TiVo be charging for a drive replacement?
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #65 of 460
    Philosofy

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    If I buy one of these, am I guaranteed that it will work with my cable provider (Comcast in NW Indiana)? I know that was the intention of cable cards, but I want to make sure.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #66 of 460
    jfh3

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    From TivoJerry's post in another thread:

    "All major cable companies (MSOs) are required by the FCC's 'Plug-and-Play' order to provide CableCARDs to any customer using any UDCR (Uni-Directional Cable Receiver) device on CableLabs list of certified, verified or self- verified cable products. The TiVo Series3 HD DVR product is on this list."
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #67 of 460
    sharding

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    Does the front panel display show the names of programs only if they're being recorded, or does it show what's on each tuner regardless of whether it's recording?
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #68 of 460
    davezatz

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    Mine was a disaster. One non visit, two visits. countless time on the phone. My bill is screwed up, my channel lineup switched several times. Very frustrating. They wouldn't let me "install" them, so they had to futz around for an hour on the first visit. At least they did try to follow the directions TiVo provided which was a smart strategy to provide.

    Currently mine only shows what's recording. I'd like it to show what is on and then toggle the little red light when it's recording. I assume that's the plan?
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #69 of 460
    eddyj

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    I checked with my local Comcast office that they said I could pick up a cable card any time, that there is no charge. Is this possible? Sounds highly unlikely they would provide anything for free! Unfortunately, this is for my brother, who is thinking of getting an S3 and not for me (I have DIRECTV).
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #70 of 460
    davezatz

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    Both my CableCARDs are free, though Comcast was totally confused and wanted to charge for digital service to two TVs.
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #71 of 460
    megazone

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    Just when it is recording.
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #72 of 460
    TiVoJerry

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    Just when it's recording (except for Suggestions).

    NOTE: I just noticed how I bear a resemblance to megazone's avatar. For the record, that's not me! ;-)
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #73 of 460
    sharding

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    Yes, I agree. TiVo folks: this is a feature request! ;)
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #74 of 460
    silentbob

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    Does my television need to be CableCARD-compatible (i.e., have slots), or is it sufficient that the cards go into the S3 only?
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #75 of 460
    Amnesia

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    TV doesn't need slots.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #76 of 460
    megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    The Cards go in the TiVo, not the TV - the TV doesn't need slots.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2006 #77 of 460
    silentbob

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    I figured as much, but many thanks for the confirmation.

    One thing I didn't see in your great review was discussion of a warranty -- I'm somewhat worried about shelling out $1000 (including transfer of my Series 2 lifetime service) for a relatively unproven new product that may not last long enough. I still have occasional nightmares about the GSoD that required hard drive replacement on my unit two years ago.

    Also, once transfer to DVD becomes enabled, about how much HD content will be burnable onto a single disk?
     
  18. Sep 12, 2006 #78 of 460
    FireflyFan88

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    Can the Series 3 be operated by the series 2 remote?
     
  19. Sep 12, 2006 #79 of 460
    megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I didn't even think about he warranty - I tend to open things up right away.

    DVD Video doesn't support HD. DVD is limited to 480p at best. You can put HD files on a data DVD, but that's it.
     
  20. Sep 12, 2006 #80 of 460
    megazone

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    Kind of - the S2 remote lacks buttons that are kind of important, like Aspect.
     

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