1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Alcatraz

    Alcatraz Occasionally Helpful

    177
    0
    Nov 22, 2000
    Things have changed since the days of S1. If you have a network, the call time is much shorter. I think I remember seeing that the new guided setup (I think it was introduced with 7.2?) gets a day or two of information with the second call, making it a very short download. You can start setting up recordings over the next day or so. I'm assuming S3 uses the new guided setup.

    Another call goes out shortly thereafter and gets the rest of the guide info (but I'd make that connection manually to speed things up even more if I were you). If what I've read is correct, the S3 should digest that info way faster.

    The race is on for someone to set up and tell us how it goes!! Who is going to win??
     
  2. comicsacrifice

    comicsacrifice New Member

    34
    0
    Sep 14, 2006
    curious about some stuff...

    does anyone know when they will be activating the ESATA port? will it be before 07? I am so dissapointed with TIVO for releasing this thing with such a puny drive. 30 hours of HD??

    I need to replace the drive. thanks tivo.

    any guides on how to do this safely? what size is the drive in the series 3, what model is best to buy? everyone keeps talking about WD and some special port connection. has anyone figured out what exact model to buy? how exactly to install?

    is anyone else as bummed out as me about this? man... what a HUGE dissapointment.
     
  3. comicsacrifice

    comicsacrifice New Member

    34
    0
    Sep 14, 2006
    what drive should I buy? what all do I need?

    is this the drive?

    Raptor? The WD360 Alias Raptor With 10,000 Rpm And Serial ATA Interface
     
  4. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

    3,067
    0
    Sep 8, 2000
    Silicon...
    This is one drive you should NOT use for TiVo. No need for 10K RPM drives.
     
  5. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    The only place I've seen doing upgrades is WeaKnees.com. No one else has said anything about upgrades. All the existing tools were doe IDE drives, so no one knows yet what needs to be done for SATA and how the tools work.

    The S3 has a 250GB WD drive. Look at the photos for the specifics, there are photos of the label on the drive. The TiVo uses a proprietary WD SATA connector which may not fit other brands.
     
  6. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Yes. Each channel is listed in the channels list, so 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, etc, are all (de)selectable.

    I believe the unit records *channels*, not carriers. So if you record 2-1 it is NOT recording 2-2 or 2-3.
     
  7. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Yes.
     
  8. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Not true. HDMI carries Dolby Digital, DTS, and other advanced formats. (HDMI 1.3 adds even more.) I'm using it with Dolby Digital.

    Some TVs didn't handle Dolby Digital over HDMI, but that should be rare these days.
     
  9. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Sorry, no. Just the modes listed in the FAQ and Review. You could force the TiVo to scale everything to 1080i, including SD. Or Native would leave SD in 480i, but then some HD would be 720p. The only way around this would be to dive into the settings screen and change the settings based on what you're about to watch.

    VERY speedy. No noticable lag in menus, etc, at all. Channel surfing has about a 2 second lag before you see the new channel, but that's about as good as it gets since it has to tune the channel, record it, read it, decode it, then output. DVRs always have some lag. But the new channel banner comes up instantly, it is just the video that takes a moment.
     
  10. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    The scaler in the S3 seems to be pretty good. I'm not a video expert, but to my eyes it was good. I don't normally use it though, my TV has a scaler and I use Native normally.
     
  11. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    No. It only has one decoder and one set of outputs.
     
  12. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    You're welcome. And with two CableCARDs you still have dual-tuner OTA.
     
  13. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Yes. The *only* output cable I'm using is HDMI to my TV. Then there is an optical cable from my TV to my surround receiver.
     
  14. miller890

    miller890 Member

    351
    0
    Feb 15, 2002
    Does the Series 3 have a screen saver for paused video playback?
     
  15. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    17,877
    0
    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
     
  16. overzeetop

    overzeetop New Member

    23
    0
    Jul 15, 2003
    I think this may have been covered in one post, but I'd like confirmation:

    Does the unit output both HD and SD (over s-vid/composite) simulataneously? I run my HR10 via HDMI to my main TV, but modulate the composite & analog audio into UHF for whole-house distribution. Unfortunately, when you go HD on the HR10, the SD goes blank.

    A reply to those who have problems getting cablecards:

    1) can you ask for two cable cards for a new TV instead of a TiVo?

    2) If you're dissatisfied with the response, in addition to everyone else, drop a letter to your US congressman concerning your problems. You might also copy Rick Boucher, the representative from my district in Virginia. He happens to be one of the few who (a) understands technology and (b) favors the consumer over corporations in IP battles. His address is:

    The Honorable Rick Boucher
    2187 Rayburn HOB House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    He is a member of the Energy and Commerce commitee and is on on the subcommittee for Telecommunications and the Internet (which oversees the FCC). Even if he doesn't respond to your complaint directly (your rep should), his office will likely keep a file of the problem to be used should an investigation into problems with interoperability come up in hearings (and I suspect they just might)
     
  17. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

    1,011
    0
    May 2, 2005
    DFW
    If all outputs are active, do you also have independent control over different outputs for format?
    For example, I had Voom satellite once upon a time and you could set up the 2 video and composite video separate form the DVI and component, so it could be connected to two different types of displays. I had the DVI connected to my HD set and formatted to 16:9 and the s-video to a standard bedroom TV with 4:3 letterboxing of widescreen content.

    I also have a complaint witht he Scientific Atlanta box in that it assumes the s-vid and composite outputs are connected to a 4:3 tv, can you output 16:9 format via the Tivo's s-vid connectors?
     
  18. cgould

    cgould Member

    200
    0
    Dec 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    Along w/ the "screensaver" (old hack) feature- I don't have an S2 so don't know if either is standard now-
    Can the S3 display CallerID info, eg is it possible to connect the phone line (along w/ ethernet), to get a CallerID display? Does this work on S2s as a feature, or is a hack we'd have to add? And does the S3 modem have callerID?
     
  19. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

    82,165
    321
    Oct 29, 2000

    I asked this question and was answered by TiVoJerry that yes, all outputs get signal simultaneously. :up:
     
  20. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    3,302
    0
    Mar 3, 2002
    .worcester.m...
    Not that I've noticed.
     

Share This Page