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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by landrvr1, Oct 2, 2006.
I am in love with my S3
At this time, the poll as 91% of responders either LOVING the S3 or that at least the good outweighs the bad and are keeping it... only 5% think the issues aren't worth it and are sending it back or absolutely hate it.
That should tell you all you need to know about whether you should buy an S3.
For the statisticians out there who think the numbers don't add up, I threw out the folks who responded as not having an S3...
We are happy with our S3 ...
We are using it to get just HD content (at least until I can afford to replace the harddrive with a 750+gb drive ...)
We are keeping the S2 in the livingroom as well for the SD channels and the MRV requirement (although the S2 no longer has a STB) (The S2 is also getting the SD versions of the HD content, just incase there are problems with the HD broadcast (such as the copy protection flag)
While I am happy with mine, there is something to be said for waiting. Many of us are blazing a trail with our cable companies and cablecards that later purchasers won't have so much trouble with. And the next software release or two will likely fix about 90% of the most annoying bugs. And you may be able to find the box for a better price by waiting.
On the flip side, most of the bugs are minor annoyances, cable companies are always a pain to deal with, some of us already saved 10% by ordering through Circuit City online, and it is a really nice box with great picture and sound quality.
I to mine from CC on line. No 10% savings for me.
I LOVE the S3. I waited to get HDTV until the S3 came out because I can't watch TV without TiVo. I think TiVo got almost everything right with the S3. I'm not a big user of the network features so I don't miss them. My cable company didn't know squat about the S3 but got the CableCards running in a 30 minute visit. The video and sound quality is excellent, a huge step up from the S2 even in analog. Best of all, it works just like my old TiVo, except for the recent minor improvements we should be getting on the S3 soon. The one I miss is the delete with no confirmation.
I really see only two major issues. The first is the price. If that is a problem, you should wait. For me it is well worth it. We are talking about a luxury item here, not a necessity. Second is the amount of storage capacity. I am pretty confident the eSATA will get turned on in an update, but if not I can do a drive replacement upgrade after the warranty runs out. Probably only about 20% of the stuff I record is in HD anyway at this point. All my SD channels are digital so I have yet to determine just how many hours of it I can record, so the capacity may be a non-issue as well.
I got well over 90% of what I wanted in the S3, and there are not many products in the world I can say that about.
Yeah, mine works ok. A few small bugs but overall ok.
Count me as another satisfied S3 owner... back after ditching my S1 box a couple years ago for MythTV.
2 weeks and 1 day after ordering on the 12th I had working CCs and a GREAT product. I am thrilled and am GLAD I did not wait, even with the shipping and cable card fiascos!
I love my S3 and it works great, but I still feel it is overpriced for *my* DVR budget and is missing those value-added features (TTG and MRV) that really set TiVo apart. If it wasn't already in my house, I probably would have waited for a $150 first rebate.
Chucky makes a good point about being a trail blazer... dealing with Comcast has been a major pain. Taking into account I got the box a month earlier than most, I'm still trying to straighten out my bill and wonder why the channels I get fluctuate every few days.
There is a comfortable place for you at the Che@p Chicken B@$t@rd'$ Temple.
She agreed completely. We were going to wait toward Xmas and get the S3 as a gift to each other but she surprised me with the early order. She couldn't take our SA8300 anymore..especially with Lost starting this week. She loves Tivo as much as anyone.
We love our S3 as well. No serious problems for us. We love the unit. Glad I ordered the first night it was available.
S3 working great here! No problems with the cable card install or with the S3 unit. Picture is great in native mode. I have noticed that the temp seems to be running higher than my S2 units. I have ordered a USB cooler pad and hopefully that will bring the temp down some.
Each day I delay ordering an S3, I have to tolerate a mind-bogglingly inconvenient ballet between watching SD recorded on TiVo, or HD recorded on an abominable user 'interface' on the 6412 ... all on an HDTV capable of displaying great picture quality.
Bugs, shortcomings and deferred (even eliminated) features notwithstanding, I don't see myself holding out much longer!
People who don't have the money, or think the series 3 is too expensive are DESPERATELY hoping that everybody hates it.
They're just mad because we won't let them in the Rich F@t B@$t@rd$ clubhouse. But there is no truth to the rumor that we won't let them on the grounds. We are always looking for good caddies.
ChuckyBoxs post is a good summary of the more important reasons I am still waiting to buy an S3. I am most concerned about the potential problems surrounding CableCARD configuration. I suspect that every cable company is getting better at CableCARD installations but bitter experience has taught me that if it can be screwed up Cox OKC will find a way to do it.
The SA 8300HD I use now works and is cheap but its software is primitive by TiVo standards so I wont miss it when I finally buy an S3. Fortunately, I have until the end of the year to transfer my S1s lifetime service to a new S3.
Two things: FF/Rewind and Media Center comparison
1) FF/Rewind: I'm a new Tivo ower so forgive me if this is old hat. But tivo fixed the fast forward and rewind capability. That is, they got it right. The inherent problem with ff/rewind is that by the time you find what you're scanning for, it's too late. It's history. So then you have to reverse direction to find the right spot.
With my S3 it "credits" you back allowing for human reflex lag (HRL ) and starts playing earlier/later than you stopped. Awesome
2)My only source of buyer's remorse for this unit is that I wonder what I could have done with a PC. What if I would have used an HD tuner card in my pc with Media Center or something. Would that not be more open? Could I potentially be able to edit and burn the stuff that I record? I'm a programmer, maybe a tivo is too user-friendly and too much of a "black box." I'm asking, not telling though.