Better Choice: Premiere or Series 3

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sptnut, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. sptnut

    sptnut Go Vols!!!!

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    Well I caved on the woot deal. So I have a XL headed my way. Just seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. Now I just need to buy a Tivo wireless adapter. Ebay the best prices for these?
     
  2. E94Allen

    E94Allen New Member

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    Well since you brought TiVo from woot you do not have to be stuck on 20 dollars monthly like most ppl are stuck with 20 dollars monthly if ordered TiVo from somewhere else and so it combine with 12.95 or 9.95 monthly or lifetime and 200 dollars box both together you actually do gotten a good deal. :)
     
  3. Resist

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    I would have suggested not to buy the XL version to bring your up front costs down, because upgrading the internal hard drive yourself is very easy.

    As far as the Tivo wireless adapter goes, the deal you get depends on which model adapter you want. I always check Amazon first, because I prefer new electronics, I get free shipping and don't have to pay tax to my state. After Amazon, then yes I believe Ebay is your best bet.
     
  4. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    Thanks, I had actually forgotten about the phone dongle option. Still, I'm not sure it would be worthwhile to go with the Premiere in that case since there's little benefit to it in that scenario.

    sptnut, glad you got a good deal. With the base Premiere refurb missing from the TiVo site the Woot deal was fortunate timing!
     
  5. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I've seen used Tivo HDs with lifetime service sell for under $400 on ebay.
     
  6. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    You're also going to have a monthly fee for the cable card plus a one time fee for cable card installation.
     
  7. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    This is such a scam by the cable companies. It so freaking easy to pop in a card, get the number off the screen and phone it into the cable company. This fee is just another way for them to cut some of their losses from the more expensive monthly cable box fee you will no longer be renting from them.

    In fact if you print out the cable card instructions from the Tivo site, you will know more about how to do it than your cable installer.
     
  8. sptnut

    sptnut Go Vols!!!!

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    I already did research about the cablecard. I luckly live in an area I can just go pick one up at the main office, eventhough Comcast wanted to argue with me about that. Surprise Surprise. And there is no additional charge.
     
  9. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    That's fantastic....winning!
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    I got a "G" on Craigslist for $25 + mailing cost.

    Search google for site:craigslist.org /sys OR /ele tivo

    email the seller, ask if they'll take PayPal and mail to you at your expense.
     
  11. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    We shall see... let us know if you've had any visits once it's installed and working. ;) In my Comcast days, I believe the first CableCARD was free whereas additional CableCARDs ran $1.99 each and there were also additional outlet fees of like $7 or so.
     
  12. sptnut

    sptnut Go Vols!!!!

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    Got the new unit today and am in the process of hooking it up. I did notice something interesting, the manufacture date on it is 3-11. Somehow I highly doubt it is really a refub. ;)
     
  13. lrhorer

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    Not true, at all. The Premier has a number of deficiencies, and its only advantages at this time are a faster processor (which translates to faster networking) and better support for a broader selection of video file types. While worthwhile and possibly somewhat significant, the deficiencies at this time outweigh the rather minor advantages. I cannot recommend the Premier, and I certainly would not purchase one if I were in the market for a DVR. Until the deficiencies are resolved, I can only recommend an S3 or one of the flavors of THD. I have two S3s and a THD. Which is preferable depends on the deployment.
     
  14. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Having the money and not using a credit card are not the same thing. As others have remarked, one pays no interest if one pays off the purchase within the grace period. You of course are free to manage your money any way you choose, but an overly simplistic approach to money management can cost one a lot of money, just as incautious management can. I've seen people in this forum say thy refuse to even obtain a mortgage, preferring instead to save up to buy a house with cash. It's foolish. They wind up having to wait much longer to buy a less suaitable house that costs them much more than if they had gotten a mortgage. Although this is a much less drastic situation, you still can wind up not only waiting much longer to get a posssibly inferior device (or at least one with a lower resale value), but also pay more for it.
     
  15. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    What are the deficiencies you have other than the HDUI? I've got both a Premiere and a Series 3 and without the HDUI on, they are pretty much the same. The Premiere is actually a bit faster without the HDUI and it transfers shows faster. The Series 3's main advantage is the front screen that shows the program name being recorded and a clock.

    And one big advantage is that if any TiVo updates are released, they will for sure come out for the Premiere. That's not certain on anything older.
     
  16. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    When TiVo does a refurb job they change the TSN but use some old parts, like the power supply and hard drive and case (once I checked the hard drive for a friend and it had over 16,000 hours on it) the Mfg date is the date they did the refurb job. TiVo most likely uses a 3rd pty to make up refurb units from old parts on returned TiVos. One can't use old parts on a unit if it is sold as new.
     

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