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TV HD or newer model?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by magnumis, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. magnumis

    magnumis New Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    What advantages do the newer Tivo's have over the Tivo HD? I am looking form something to record HD local over the air signals. Two tuners will work fine.

    My TV already has Netflix and other internet features so that is not important to me in the Tivo.

    When I checked ebay it looks like Tivo Series 3 HD are a lot cheaper for a lifetime box then a premier or roamio. What would I gain with the newer boxes?

  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Speed, more speed, 4 tuners, faster transfers.

    To name a few.
  3. pmiranda

    pmiranda Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    I wouldn't say my premiere is a ton faster than my S3, but it's definitely noticeable. Neither of them do Netflix as well as my HTPC. The biggest functional difference if you don't care about more than 2 tuners is the ability to stream copy-protected content between boxes, but unless you live under the scurge of time warner, that's not a big deal. If you're comparing used vs. a new Roamio then you might get some value from having a warranty.
  4. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008

    The older boxes are getting long in the tooth. The two things that can go wrong with Tivos are power supplies and hard drives, which are starting to show their age with the series 3 boxes.
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    If you know how to solder, you can replace the usual suspects, capacitor-wise, on the power supply for about $10 worth of replacement low ESR, 105 degree rated electrolytics.

    And S3 or S4, you're going to want to slap a 2TB WD20EURS in there anyway.
  6. takeshi

    takeshi Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Depending on model: Mini support, streaming, MoCA, WiFi as well.
  7. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    H.264 support is also something to take into consideration.
  8. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Roamios have better OTA tuners than Premieres or Tivo HD models,
  9. cwb3106

    cwb3106 Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    The newer models support the HD menus. These display additional information that I find useful. For example, the To Do list can be set to display what won't be recorded and why (conflict, duplicate, etc). The Season Pass list will "grey out" entries that don't have matching shows and indicate which ones have conflicts.

    I've read that it's much easier to replace the hard drive in the Roamio. Just drop in a drive and the firmware on the motherboard will initialize the drive. While this is doable on older models, it's more involved.

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