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Where to get a series 3?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by habibrobert, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. habibrobert

    habibrobert New Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Anyone know where to get a new Tivo Series 3 XL now a-days? I'm sure there are a few new ones still out and about as there always is...just don't know where to look for them.

  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    Do you mean an OLED S3? Whichever Tivo you get, you would save money by upgrading the hard drive yourself (but that may void the warranty).
  3. habibrobert

    habibrobert New Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    I'm talking about the Tivo HD XL I think its the 658 series. I'd like to just buy a 652 and do an HDD upgrade but I looked at the replacement HDD on Weaknees and they are expensive! Was I looking in the wrong place?
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX

    If you are comfortable around computers, you can do the upgrade yourself at only the cost of a new blank hard drive using dvrBARS or the JMFS utilities found in the upgrade center.

  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Actually you can do any S3 model with WinMFS, and as long as the TiVo is already updated to version 11.0k or newer of the TiVo operating system, you can use up to a 2TB drive in any of them.

    I recommend the WD20EURS if you can find it on sale for about $100.
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Of course if you're going to get any model S3 you should familiarize yourself with "capacitor plague" and the relatively easy cure because there's a not insignificant chance of power supply trouble sooner or later.

    Then again, you might be able to pick up a used S3 with power supply trouble for next to nothing and do the repair yourself.
  7. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    Yea, replacement drives on Weaknees tend to be a little pricey. I have upgraded hard drives in several series3 648s & 652s myself with the WinMFS utility. I got the images from this board and once you get the hang of it, its not hard at all.

    I'm about to do another one and Amazon has a 2TB Western Digital drive made for DVR use for about $91. From my understanding, 2TB is the max for series 3 & personally, this is MORE than enough room for me, but I have also done it with 500GB and 1TB Western Digital drives too.

    Keep the original drive as a backup and to make sure you do the upgrade on a new drive correct. This way you can always put it back if needed.

    NOTE: Here are links to some series 3 images that I have used and work:

    Series 3 OLED (648)


    Series 3 HD (652)

    And here is the software & info to use with both of them:

  8. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Just keep in mind they old S3's are not likely to receive cable channels using some forms of MPEG4. However, the S3's are great for OTA, the best, really.
  9. rrandyy

    rrandyy New Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Is Comcast using Mpeg4?
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    No, and they have no plans to do so.
  11. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Perhaps the best Tivo solution, but not the best for OTA recording. Any PC with an ATSC tuner card and a freeware PVR app will do quite nicely.

    You should have no trouble finding a used S3 on ebay with lifetime at a reasonable price. Units with upgraded drives aren't much more expensive than the stock units so you may not have to deal with a drive upgrade.

    FWIW, I owned two S3's (the original OLED model) for over five years and never had a bit of trouble with the power supplies. I'm not sure if the HD uses the same power supply, but it's probably a variant or new design that was cheaper to manufacture.
  12. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

    Aug 2, 2003
    Why is it that you want a Series 3?

    I would not expect new units to exist.
  13. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    There's probably new old stock out there somewhere.
  14. philhu

    philhu User Since Day ONE!

    Apr 11, 2001
    Funcity, MA
    Probably hacking/cableco copy protection override

    Thats why I keep mine around :)
  15. blacknoi

    blacknoi Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Happen to have a link to a Tivo HD XL image? Or would a Tivo HD image work for a Tivo HD XL?
  16. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC

    For use with WinMFS only.

    Probably not, for a satisfactory definition of "work".
  17. blacknoi

    blacknoi Member

    Jan 23, 2006
  18. shortys408

    shortys408 New Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    maybe craigslist
  19. MScottC

    MScottC Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    I may have one available soon... that is, as soon as the new Series 5 comes outs. Assuming the new S5 meets my needs.
  20. dwit

    dwit Active Member

    May 4, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Don't forget about Craig's List!

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