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Will Premiere play nicely with my S3?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by markp99, May 17, 2012.

  1. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    Curious to know how the Premiere will interact with my S3.

    I presume I would need to maintain my S3 sub to take advantage of functionality, beyond OTA. Correct?

    What about the S3 cable cards, can I dump these in lieu of an antenna, and still play with the Premiere??

  2. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Multi Room Streaming only works between Premieres. If your cable company does not restrict coping of the data Multi Room Viewing does work just fine between a S3 and Premiere. You can use cable with the Premiere and OTA with the S3 without any issues. OTA recordings can be transfered using multi room viewing.

    Regarding pricing your best options are to buy lifetime for the Premiere which will be $399 with the multi service discount. After that if you threaten to cancel the service on your S3 they will likely offer you lifetime for $99.

    Good Luck,
  3. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    But he can still transfer from the PREMIERE TO the S3, right? I presume so (you mention the other way around)
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    With the exception of streaming, the two should play nicely together.
    IOW, everything that can be done between two S3 units can be done between an S3 unit and an S4 unit.
    The S3 will not suddenly have any capabilities that it didn't have before. Don't expect anything more. ;)

    Edit after re-reading the OP (again :eek:):
    Yes, you can dump the cablecards from the S3 and still MRV OTA programming from the S3 to the Premiere.
  5. pmiranda

    pmiranda Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    They play well together. The hardest part for me was getting them set up with different codes on my Harmony remote since the remote's software doesn't tell you which alternate codes correspond to which TiVo codes. I also had to screw around with the splitters to get good signal to both. I ended up using a 3way splitter to feed each TiVo it's own signal and a 2way to feed the two tuning adapters.
  6. morac

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    Yes assuming MRV isn't blocked by the cable company.

    I will mention that in the past (at least a year ago) I had an issue with transferring programs from the Premiere to a S3, where the S3 grossly overestimated the amount of free space required to complete the transfer. As such I lost about 50 GB of recordings when transferring a 12 GB recording as my S3 decided it needed 50 GB of free space. I haven't actually done a transfer to my S3 in a while so I don't know if this is still an issue or not, but since the S3 hasn't gotten updated software in a while it's probably still an issue.
  7. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Interesting, I notice that as a general issue on my S3/TivoHD.. (Well, my S3 is dead, but I noticed the behavior on both compared to my S1s)

    That is, I would notice that far more deleted programs or suggestions would be deleted than would seem to be needed.. Also, I would notice they'd go away HOURS before they were needed.. whereas the S1 seems to delete 'just in time'.

    (YES, I *know* shows can vary in size.. I am taking that into account.. not just "1 hour of shows went away when I recorded only a half hour", but way more disk space nuked than contained in the newly made recordings..)

    Though I guess I've gotten used to it, and/or it isn't as bad as it used to be (years ago). It is more of an issue with tiny hard drives.

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