I'm still confused!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by fatboy15226, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. fatboy15226

    fatboy15226 New Member

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    Ok,

    I am still debating between an S3 and a THD.

    There is so much conflicting info here, I'm just going to throw this post into the wild:

    In terms of ambient decibels, is the S3 Quieter than the THD?

    Is the THD really a viable product. All these posts have me concerned.

    I really want the THD but if the S3 is quieter and more stable, I will gladly shell out the extra$

    Thanks
    -dsd
     
  2. rcamille

    rcamille New Member

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    I think you will be fine with either unit. Now with the $200 rebate on the S3 and the fact that this box can be purchased for approximately $600 (before rebate), the final cost comes in around $400. Not bad, in fact, if I were in the market today for either box, I would purchase the S3 over the TiVo HD, the extra $100 gets you a better remote and more storage space, as well as a few other bells and whistles you probably don't need.

    Both boxes, in my opinion, are viable and reliable. The TiVo HD had some issues when it was first released, but overall it has been a great unit and I have no regrets whatsoever.
     
  3. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Yeah, with the$200 rebate (which doesn't kick in until Sunday, be aware) and the S3 available for around $600, bringing it down to $400 or less, I'd probably get the S3 over the TiVo HD. You get 250GB instead of 160GB, the Glo remote (which is about a $50 value right there - an worth it, IMHO), and a nicer unit with front panel controls, a display, etc. The only caveat would be if renting two S-Cards is going to be dramatically more expensive than one M-Card with your cable MSO. (The HD does M-Card, the S3 doesn't yet.)

    But for $600 vs. $300 - I would've said go with the HD. It is a perfectly good unit and has basically all the same features in the software.
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Plus the TiVoHD lets you install the cable cards from the front. That is the best design change I think.
     
  5. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    What's up all,
    Sorry to piggie back on this post, but VERY much a newb to Tivo and I want to buy one...I have had Comcast DVR and now Verizon DVR (which is the reason why I am switching..Verizon-DVR s*cks!)

    So, is there a place I can check out the differences between the THD and the S3? Or is it mainly the HDD space?
    And now that I have heard about the $200 rebate, that might do it for me...But I still wanted to check.
    And if the main difference is the HDD space and the both have eSATA (not enabled yet) hookups would that basically moot the point of the larger HDD?

    Also, what is an M-Card compared to an S-Card? can an M-Card split the signal so there is no need for 2 cable cards to get the dual tuner?

    Thanks VERY much! Definitely buying one, just not sure which one I should go for.
     
  6. demon

    demon BURNINATOR

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    Really the only differences to speak of, from what I've read, are:
    • TiVo HD is not THX certified.
    • TiVo HD has a smaller hard drive (160 GB versus 250 in the Series3).
    • No OLED display on the front.
    • No included HDMI cable. (http://www.monoprice.com/ for good, *cheap* HDMI cables.)
    • No learning Glo remote. (You can buy one if you want - they're functionally interchangeable with the flat black peanut remote.)
    • eSATA enabling process is different/more involved; search forums for details (if you want to add an external drive).
    • Supports M-Cards (multistream CableCARDs) so if your cable MSO offers M-Cards, you only need one.
    • CableCARD slots on the front of the case; some people like this better.
    • Current software is based on the 8.1.x tree, so you'll be missing a few features/optimizations that are present in the 8.3 software on the Series3 units - at least until the 8.3 tree gets the necessary drivers and other updates to work on the TiVo HD.
    Hm... That turned out to be a bit longer than I thought. However, apparently you can get the Series3 for $400-$500 now; if the features it adds are worth it to you, you might cough up the extra cash and get one. I'm very happy with mine.
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    You can also get the TiVoHD for a good price after using a 10% or 12% coupon at BB or CC.
     
  8. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    Thanks Demon!!!

    The only thing that really makes a difference to me is the "M-Card" slot. Would save me another $2.99 to give to Verizon
    But it is not a "killer".
    BTW - I love monoprice I get all of my cables there...
    The remote doesn't really matter either to me, since i have a Pronto remote that I would just program with the Tivo controls.

    Really the only thing that I am concerned with is "future"...Since hte Series 3 is the older one...are they going to not support it soon? and just make the updates for Tivo HD?

    Also...Which is harder to do...Enabling the eSATA on the Tivo HD or the S3?

    Is TivoToGo coming soon for Series 3? I love that option! half of my current DVR HDD is filled with my daughers shows...I would love to be able to download them to a PC and burn them to DVD for later viewing.

    Thanks again!!!
     
  9. demon

    demon BURNINATOR

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    I can't imagine that they'd kill software support for the Series3, given that it's only about a year old now; the Series3 and the TiVoHD are fairly similar (some variance in components, but generally similar architecture), so there's no reason they won't be able to unify the software load in the near future. I imagine they'd just forked off from the 8.1.x tree when the unit was being developed, so they weren't worried about getting the latest software on it until everything was working correctly.

    Doing it on the TiVoHD, from what I understand. When setting up my eSATA drive, I plugged it in, rebooted the TiVo, held Pause, then at the appointed time pressed 6, then 2; it did the rest. Apparently a bit more is required on the TiVoHD (I'm not familiar with the details, but I know the process is well documented), but it doesn't sound like it's terrible - there's apparently Windows software that'll do the biz for you.

    Pony said that TTG, TTCB and MRV are coming late this year. As I only have one TiVo, MRV doesn't do much for me, but TTG and TTCB are definitely making me drool.
     
  10. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    Thanks again!!!! So can I hook up ANY size HDD to the Tivo? Like say a 500gig? Does Tivo choose which drive to write to? or does it just fill the internal, then when it runs out of space go to the external?

    Sorry...again I am a newb...Watch is TTCB? I get the other 2 "TivoToGo" and "Multi-Room Viewing"

    THanks!
     
  11. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    Oh yeah...Is there any way to get a "Lifetime" tivo account any more?
     
  12. demon

    demon BURNINATOR

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    I have a 500 GB eSATA drive hanging off my Series3; supposedly it'll handle anything up to 1 TB, while the TiVoHD will handle more (some addressing issue, as I understand it). I'm not sure of the exact algorithm it uses, but it seems that whole shows go on a single drive, and it picks between them based somehow on space available. The OS, the live buffers, stored guide data and such remain on the internal drive.

    That's Tivo to Come Back - the reverse of Tivo to Go, which allows you to take a video, upload it to your TiVo, then watch it on your television. Given our local NBC affiliate's lack of interest in the digital age, I have plans for this.

    Unfortunately you can not buy a Lifetime subscription any longer as TiVo phased them out some years ago; however, there was a program after the launch of the Series3 to transfer (for an additional fee) a Lifetime subscription to a new Series3 DVR. I've also heard on occasion of people successfully requesting a transfer; dunno what's required for that, or if they'll still do it at all.
     
  13. Evilmonkee

    Evilmonkee New Member

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    Does anyone know if the $200 rebate for the S3 is dependent on activating a new subscription?

    I bought a THD but might consider exchanging it for an S3 if I could make use of the rebate. Just curious.

    Oh, and what exactly does the OLED on the S3 display? Is it the channel number or the name of the show being recorded(other options?)? I kind of miss being able to glance at my cable box and seeing what channel it was tuned to, even when the TV was off. No big deal though.
     
  14. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    Demon, you have to a great help!!!
    I think I have decided on the Series 3. I will probably go to CC tonight to take advantage of the $599 price. and then get the $200 rebate.
     
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    It will show the name of the programs being recorded and also show the time. It comes in handy for me since I can see what is being recorded without having to turn the tv on.
     
  16. MirclMax

    MirclMax Ancient Member

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    NOTICE: The rebate does not start until SUNDAY 9/16/2007 DO NOT PURCHASE IT TONIGHT.


    You have been warned.
     
  17. oldnacl

    oldnacl New Member

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    I've had both and I can't see enough difference to go with the S3. YMMV, of course.
     
  18. Evilmonkee

    Evilmonkee New Member

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    I think at this point I will stick with the THD. Considering all the trouble I had getting Comcast install the CCs, I don't want to take the chance of going through that again.
     
  19. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    MirclMax, thanks for the warning!!!!! I was going to get it tonight...but obviously...I will go Sunday and get it then.
     
  20. DingoAce10

    DingoAce10 New Member

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    Oh wait....Is CC still going to have it on sale after Sunday...Maybe that is what's happening...It will go back up to $799 and then a $200 rebate kicks in...
    If that is the case on Sunday...My decision is simple...I will just go with the THD.
     

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