CNET New TiVo HD Review

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchiles, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. mchiles

    mchiles Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    CNET has posted a lengthy review of the new TiVO HD by John Falcone.

    John Falcone also reviewed the Series 3 last year.

    I am unable to post the URL
  2. twassel

    twassel New Member

    Feb 20, 2006
  3. Mongoos150

    Mongoos150 New Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Slow menu switches, "Please Wait" screen lag times... *sigh* :(
  4. bown

    bown New Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    I saw that too in the review. I wonder if the tivo lites don't come preinstalled with 8.3 software. After I got the 8.3 software my S3 menus were at least as quick as my S2.
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The TiVo HD units use a branched version of 8.1, so the menu enhancements that came with 8.3 aren't yet implemented for them. Once the two branches merge in the next release (probably this fall, maybe sooner) the TiVo HD menus will probably be just as fast as the S3s. They use a better processor, and have the same amount of RAM, as the S3 units so this shouldn't be like the 540 series of S2 units, which used crappier hardware then their predecessors in an attempt to cut costs.

    Edit: according to bkdtv's assessment of Megazone's high res photos it appears the TiVo HD actually has twice as much RAM as the older S3.

  6. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    And, really, in my use I don't see lags in most of the screens. Sure, re-ordering the Season Passes gives you Please Wait - always has, probably always will. But I have an S3, the TiVo HD, a Pioneer DVR-810H, and a Toshiba RS-TX20 in my house right now. The Toshiba is the slowest, hands way, way, way down. The S3 is the fastest. The TiVo HD seems to be on par, maybe a little faster, than the Pioneer. I think some screens are a tad faster, some maybe a tad slower. But quite acceptable - and definitely closer to the S3 than to the Toshiba.
  7. m_jonis

    m_jonis Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Albany, NY
    Not sure which would be worse: 8.1 software that's slow, or 8.3 software that gives you pixelation and audio dropouts.
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I don't have any pixelation or audio dropouts with either of my S3 units running 8.3, so that's not a problem for me. I do remember that certain aspects of the UI, especially searching by name and searching by time were excruciatingly slow in the original software and that drove me nuts.


Share This Page