All other things equal... S3 or TivoHD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jeffster, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    No.

    Only on the original Series 3.
     
  2. ZPrime

    ZPrime New Member

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    This isn't true, IIRC.

    I'm on TWC, and I just got a brand new Sci. Atlantic Explorer 8300HDC.

    The C stands for cable card, it's one of the newly mandated CC-equipped boxes.

    It's a single M-card. I did pull it, and I think it was a Sci. Atl. card. (I didn't take pictures and that was a few weeks ago so I'm not 100% sure.)

    I just ordered my THD to replace this thing, it's my first foray into Tivo... We'll see what I get when I call TWC and ask for a single M-card. I have this feeling that even if I get a single card, they'll find a way to charge me the price of two S-cards ($2.50 "per card")
     
  3. sammydee

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    I should have said, "I've never heard of a customer in a non-Motorola area receiving an M-card when they ordered a cablecard."
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Without cost being a factor I would definitely pick the Series3. The TiVoHD can't even play back a recording from an analog channel in stereo. I'm keeping my TiVoHD(no choice now) but if I had it over again I would have jumped on the Fathers day deal and purchased a fourth Series 3.
     
  5. hybucket

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    So ..let me see if I understand this....the TiVOHD will play back anything recorded in SD in MONO? No stereo at all??
     
  6. bkdtv

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    For analog channels, yes. It plays back in stereo for digital SD channels.

    This is a bug that should be fixed soon.
     
  7. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, you've got to be kidding me...

    I'm so glad I have the original Series 3.

    Is STEREO PLAYBACK not something they tested???? :confused:

    I get Dolby Pro-Logic on most analog cable channels. Can't believe that it sends it MONO!
     
  8. bkdtv

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    I believe the Series3 had the same problem when it was originally released with the 8.0.x software.
     
  9. jeffster

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    They ARE looking to merge codebases, right?
     
  10. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    No one outside Tivo can say for sure, but, based on the history of past platform and software releases, I say that's a safe bet.

    I would say either:

    - There is an 8.3.x release for the Tivo HD, to catch it up with the S2 and S3 levels OR

    - All three will catch up at the next point release (8.4 or 8.5 or whatever)

    In the meantime, I would expect incremental critical fixes (e.g. the forthcoming SA CableCARD pixelization update) to be released as needed.
     
  11. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    Mine never did, I got it last October...
     
  12. Dr_Diablo

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    Just curious.... if Tivo in fact does not support the SATA drive function, then why was it even available... Certainly this wasn't a creative hack by some smart cookie
     
  13. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    For testing purposes?

    The key sequence to enable eSATA was hidden. It was discovered by a forum member after some digging.
     
  14. angel35

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    How did you pull the CC.?? On my 8300HDC it has a seal and its srewed in :confused:
     
  15. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    There is a multi-page thread in this forum from S3 users discussing this very issue. It indeed affected a lot of users.
     

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