View Full Version : My Tivos are doing great!
08-20-2009, 11:30 AM
Since it doesn't happen often, if at all, I thought I'd post a thread that doesn't concern a failure, or a question about how to do something, or to complain about how the Tivo corporation is running their business.
I've got a five year old 80 hour Series 2 that I recently took off the shelf to become a dedicated SD tuner. Runs like a champ. I've got a three year old (in December) original Series 3 that is my "daily driver". It has two SCARDs, a 500GB MyDVR expander, and a tuning adapter. No issues with ANY the box or ANY of the peripherals. Both Tivos are connected to a gigabit switch attached to a MoCA coax adapter. Netflix, Amazon, Jaman, YouTube, PyTivo, Stream Baby Stream!, and Tivo Desktop all work very well. I would include CinemaNow if I used it, but I don't.
I'm a fan of Tivo. I absolutely HATE having to use any other DVR, or watch someone else struggle with using FF/RR to skip ahead on an inferior DVR. I think Tivo has great products and services, and I don't regret my purchase at all. :up:
Anybody else like their Tivos?
08-20-2009, 11:44 AM
What he said. Though my first and only TiVo is an original (refurbished) series 3.
08-20-2009, 11:52 AM
I love my TiVos. I've had no problem with them at all (with one exception). I had a series 1 that I had bought in 2000 and I had bought an extended warranty for it. It died in 2005, and because of the warranty, I was able to transfer my lifetime subscription to my new one. I replaced it with an S2DT which is my backup TiVo or if I need to record more than 2 things at once (happens a lot during football season). I also have a TiVo HD that's about a year old. I also just sold a lifetimed DVD TiVo that I bought in 2003 that's still working just fine. I'd like to replace my S2DT, but I'm waiting for either a true 2-way system from TiVo or for the S2DT to die beyond repair.
I had a dvr from Dish for a while, and wasn't happy with it. I especially hated that you had to turn it off at night for it to update. What's the point of a dvr if you have tot turn it off regularly? If I didn't, it would just stop changing channels. Grrr. That was about 5 years ago. I have no idea if cable and satellite company dvrs have gotten any better.
08-20-2009, 12:05 PM
My main TiVo, a Series 2 140 with the drive upgraded to 200GB, is working fine.
My other two, I suppose so. One I have running, for experimentation with lineups.
08-20-2009, 12:35 PM
Yes, I think we often focus on what's wrong on this forum and don't talk about what's right very often. Nature of the beast and all of that. No CE product is perfect and TiVo's no different. But I've tried it (and am forced to at hotels w/o decent broadband now and then) and I can't imagine watching TV w/o TiVo! Ours are healthy, happy and humming along. :up::up::up:
08-20-2009, 12:39 PM
My two unsubbed Series 1s are both running great. They were both bought on eBay, one of them upgraded to a larger drive after I bought it.
They're both hooked up to cable (no box), but one's had its setup modified to use the "satellite workaround" so it also works with a digital converter box.
I like my TiVos.
08-20-2009, 02:47 PM
Good here, except for a few Netflix sync issue every now and then. I have the following:
I replaced the HDD in the Toshiba, but beyond that no issues. I'll revert the Toshiba back to free when I get another HDTV.
08-20-2009, 03:30 PM
I do my preaching where it counts: to everyone I meet and people that aren't already converted. My original S2 is still running strong, and my TiVo HD is fantastic.
I've been a loyal customer since 02, so I fully expect a free S4 with lifetime when it becomes available.
08-20-2009, 03:38 PM
I have been using Tivos since their inception. Over the years I have had an S1 (still in use) then I changed to directv and got a DSR6000 and then the HR10-250. I dropped DTV and went back to cable about 2 years ago and got 2 series 3's and later a THD. I have had to replace 1 disk drive (went to weaknees) in all of that time.
08-20-2009, 06:08 PM
Just retired my two DSR6000 DirecTivo's after 7 years of service. (New drives in each) Now I'm a happy Tivo HD (500gb OTA) camper. Probably gonna drop DTV soon. We watch so much Netflix over Tivo that we just don't need the DTV anymore.
08-20-2009, 09:29 PM
My 1st Tivo is an S2 ST I received as a gift in '05, still humming along, now used as my dedicated TivoCast server.
My main Tivo is an upgraded (1 TB) TivoHD and I have a 2nd TivoHD (stock) in the bedroom for the extra tuners.
All networked to the PC and I have had no problems so far (knock on wood).
I LOVE my Tivos. I don't think I could ever go back to watching TV without them.
08-20-2009, 10:36 PM
S1 w/lifetime keeeeps on ticking
at least once a week I marvel at what a wonderful life changing device it has been
08-21-2009, 06:37 AM
Same here. My 2 Series 3 units with lifetime which are over 2 1/2 years old have been running fine as well as the original 2 unsubbed Series 1 units that we upgraded from which are 7 and 9 years old (and the 9 year old one still has the original 30GB hard drive!).
08-21-2009, 11:13 AM
+3, I have 3 TiVos without any issues. Even my TA now works.
08-21-2009, 12:54 PM
I loved my S1 and I'm still loving my S2 and Tivo HD. My only problem is my hatred for Charter is growing every day and might soon eclipse all my Tivo love. Will be jumping to U-Verse as soon as it is available. I will continue to use my THD with OTA and I assume with an IR blaster I could get the S2 to work as well.
08-21-2009, 01:13 PM
I have a series2 from 5 years ago thats working perfectly fine. Its collecting dust at the moment since I bought a TivoHD a couple of months back. Thinking about giving the series2 to my parents.
TivoHD was pretty painless getting the cablecards setup. Small hiccup with the cable company not enabling the right channels. Added a 500GB expander to it. Everythings working great.
I have quite a few friends that use the cable company's Scientific Atlanta 8000 boxes. Tivo is lightyears better than those pieces of poop.
08-27-2009, 05:21 PM
My two TiVoHD's (with 1GB drives, Cable Cards on Comcast) are working well too. I've had them about 16 months. Before that I had two HD DirecTivo's. Before that, two SD DirecTivos. One of the SD DirecTivos had a tuner issue after about a year, but the others have been humming along fine.
(If anyone wants the old DirecTivo units -- they are just sitting in a box in the basement...)
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