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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #81 of 460
    davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    The S3 manual says there's a limited warranty with 90 days of free labor and one year parts exchange. Within 90 days you may be responsible for shipping, beyond 90 days you may be responsible for shipping and labor. (I've added the word 'may' because I expect TiVo to take care of their high-end customers.)

    More important, the S3 remote operates the S2. I like to take the glowing remote with me. :)
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #82 of 460
    nyjklein

    nyjklein J-E-T-S JetsJetsJets TCF Club

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    MZ,

    How does the S3 handle season passes for programs that are on the same channel, but different sources, e.g. if I get CBS-DT both OTA and via digital cable can I control which source is recorded. On the S2DT, with asymmetric connections, i.e. one cable box, one direct cable, it would always prefer the direct cable.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #83 of 460
    bidger

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    If I were buying a S3, that would be my priority as well.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #84 of 460
    TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    Your best bet would be to deselect the channel you never want to record from.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #85 of 460
    megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I can't really test it because my OTA sucks. But when I tried setting it up my OTA channels were listed along with my cable channels with a different number. Since SPs are tied to a channel, I would expect to be able to setup the SP for one or the other.

    And you can always remove the cable and/or antenna channel to never use it and force using the other version.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #86 of 460
    Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Yeah, but that's not always the best solution.

    Take CBS for example. They have a lot of great HD shows. But they also have a number of shows (like Survivor and 60 Minutes) which are not in HD. If I record these shows from the HD channel won't they take up more room (despite the fact that the show itself is SD) than if I had recorded them from the SD channel?
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #87 of 460
    headless chicken

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    Is there a feature enabling you to see how much of the HD has been used? In other words, some kind of percentage or a visual display (e.g. bar) that you can access through the menu?
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #88 of 460
    sharding

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    That's definitely how it works on my Comcast HD DVR. Recording SD shows from the SD channels takes up significantly less room than recording SD shows on the HD channels. However, even SD shows look MUCH better on the HD versions of the channels (at least they do with my setup).
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #89 of 460
    cgould

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    re the Closed Caption support- is it easily switchable? Menu/setup item, or single button on remote?
    Also, does it still work, or break up, at FFwd1 speed?

    The Comcast 6412 can't turn off CC w/o poweroff the box, which is extremely annoying. (loses recordings & buffer)
    Also, at ffwd speed 1, the stream goes too fast and CC is garbled/lost...

    I love My SA Tivo being able to FFwd thru a show at 2x speed, and read (almost) all the dialog on CC... skip boring movie sequences until important dialog comes up :)
    I hope that still works for ffwding HD content.

    I too very much hope Tivo2ComeBack (HD video upload from PC) will get enabled soon.
    Thanks for the detailed review and FAQ, and confirmation of Nov date for HD Photos support.
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #90 of 460
    bferrell

    bferrell Now in HD!

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    Another question, is there a 30 minute buffer for both tuners? I think the S2DT and Sat variants have this, but wanted to confirm.

    Brett
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #91 of 460
    talmania

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    According the the FAQ the Tivo menus are in 720p but when it's set to native mode I assume the overlaying menus (where the channel is still displayed in the background) are displayed in the native format too correct? It'd have to as far as I understand it...
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #92 of 460
    MichaelK

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    does the S3 remote work for S2'?

    I think i'd like to grab one for the bedroom just for the backlight and I'm goint to go with an s2-dt there for now...


    NEVER MIND- i see it does

    thanks!
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #93 of 460
    MichaelK

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    not a problem for SD vs HD (at least not if the HD Directivo is an indicator). WCBS as an example is channel 2, WCBS-DT is 2-1. those are differnt in TIvo's head- seasons passes for survivor go on channel 2, season passes for HD shows go on 2-1.

    Actually, i'm even wondering why tivo jerry said to nuke the duplicate HD channel. On Directv WCBS-DT from an antenna is 2-1 from the sat its like 88 (it's int eh 80's sorry I forget which). And I season pass for OTA will go to the OTA channel and one for DBS's version will go to the 80's. On my cable system it's similar- the HD locals are in the 100's. I assume the S3 will differentiate the OTA at 2-1 form the cbale version at 102.

    Are there cable systems that Map the locals to the boradcast number? So like 102 is tuned by going to 2-1? That might make a mess....
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #94 of 460
    Ereth

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    One thing I haven't seen is whether TiVo includes an HDMI-DVI cable? On the HR10-250 they included both HDMI-HDMI and HDMI-DVI. I'm hoping they do the same here, but if not I'd like to know now so I can go order one. My TV does not have HDMI, but instead has DVI and I'll need the correct cable.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #95 of 460
    Gregor

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    I believe it's HMDI, Ereth. I needed a long one (25') so I ordered it from Blue Jeans Cable, and had it in a few days.
     
  16. Sep 13, 2006 #96 of 460
    Ereth

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    Ok, I was hoping for HDMI-DVI, since they included one with my HDTivo (or should I say my OTHER HDTivo now :)). But I'll order one just to be safe. Thanks, Gregor!
     
  17. Sep 13, 2006 #97 of 460
    DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    A cable company confused? As in not knowing what to do? Like over-charging you? I just can't believe that ;)
     
  18. Sep 13, 2006 #98 of 460
    DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    That's the guy I want when I get my cards installed. I don't like people touching "My Stuff".
     
  19. Sep 13, 2006 #99 of 460
    DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    According to the information on the WD site, the connector is proprietary, and can't be used on any other brand of drive. I haven't tried it, so I don't know if the information they give is accurate. It could be that the WD connector has additional clips that mate with a WD drive, or more likely, it's because most SATA drives have only one power connector, and it's the SATA design...

    The retail WD SATA drives that use this WD connector require a standard power connector as the SATA portion is used for additional support of the connector. From the pics I have seen (MZ), the S3 doesn't work this way. The power and data are both supplied to the drive through the SATA connections.

    In any event, cutting the power cable leads from the S3, and splicing on a SATA power connector would work fine. Its just not my idea of a tidy job, I would prefer a plug in converter.

    It's not a major issue, but it did catch my eye, and I figured I would bring it up here before anyone spends money on a drive, and can't get a refund it if doesn't work. I'm betting that Weaknees and PTV Upgrade will have a plug in solution shortly :)
     
  20. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Aka a Free Space Indicator? No.
     

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