Is TiVo still manufacturing the Series3?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bdraw, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Sep 11, 2007 #1 of 102
    bdraw

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    I know we haven't heard anything official, but based on Megazone's TiVo HD review, it seems that Tivo is going to consolidate their hardware to a single platform with the TiVo HD. Obviously there are plenty of Series3 TiVo available for sale, but I wonder when they will stop manufacturing them.

    So, if you just got a new Series3 check on the back near the plug and report your manufacture date here. It's been about 6 weeks since the TiVo HD was announced (7/24/07) so any Series3 manufactured after that would lead me to believe the Series3 isn't going away anytime soon.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2007 #2 of 102
    HiDefGator

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    If sales of the S3 were terrible before the TivoHD was rolled out, imagine how terrible they must be now that you can buy a similar Tivo for hundreds less. There is no way a company that can barely break even should keep making and marketing the S3.
     
  3. Sep 11, 2007 #3 of 102
    riddick21

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    Why cant they just drop the price? The extra features cant equal more than $100 (OLED, Case, Remote)
     
  4. Sep 11, 2007 #4 of 102
    cr33p

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    Im betting even if they did in fact stop manufacturing of the S3, that there is still plenty of stock laying around everywhere. It would be preety hard to pin down a date. Imagine how long that S3 will sit on the shelf all lonely and his new cheaper brother sits next to him at a fraction of the cost. There wont even be a need to restock the shelf at the store for the S3, they will be too busy trying to keep the TiVo HD in stock. Then again we do have xmas coming around the corner and there are sure to be some deals.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2007 #5 of 102
    bkdtv

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    The TivoHD isn't just a Tivo Series3 minus the OLED, case, and remote.

    The TivoHD is a completely new design based on newer, more integrated components to cut costs. The incremental cost of the OLED, case, and remote do not compare to the cost savings of the internal redesign.

    The question should be...will Tivo discontinue the Series3 after existing inventory runs out, or will it produce a new version of the Series3 based on the TivoHD internals?
     
  6. Sep 11, 2007 #6 of 102
    rodalpho

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    I very much doubt they will. They'll likely release TivoHDs with larger internal drives, but that's about it. Which is a pity, because I really like the OLED screen on my S3.

    And yeah... I'd be amazed if they were still manufacturing S3s today.
     
  7. Sep 11, 2007 #7 of 102
    miller890

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    Is there any difference in performance between the Series3 and the TivoHD?
     
  8. Sep 11, 2007 #8 of 102
    aaronwt

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    The TiVoHD isn't as optimized as the Series 3 is. But the Series 3 has been out almost a year so the TiVoHD should eventuallu have the bugs worked out and performance tweaked.
    I prefer my Series 3 boxes though. Other than the TiVoHD price the biggest advantage for me with the TiVOHD was the location of the cable cards. It made things so much easer with my FIOS install by having the cards located on the front of the box.
    But I like the Series much better overall.
     
  9. Sep 11, 2007 #9 of 102
    bdraw

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    Don't forget about the THX certification. ;)

    Seriously, I'd bet they'd offer a TiVo HD plus with a larger drive, OLED display, glow remote and compatibility with 3rd party accessories. They could still make it cheaper than the S3 is now.

    By the looks of this thread, I'm starting to wonder if anyone's bought a S3 since the TiVo HD was released.
     
  10. Sep 11, 2007 #10 of 102
    rodalpho

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    You'd have to be crazy to buy a S3 now.
     
  11. Sep 11, 2007 #11 of 102
    nhaigh

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    Why? The S3 looks so much better than the TiVoHD. Some of us are prepared to spend extra on the aesthetics. I spent a huge amount extra to get the right Sony stand to go with my Sony TV simply because it looked better. A generic one would have functionally been the same and it would have cost a lot less (more of a difference than the THD to S3) but it just didn't look as good.

    Personally I'm seriously considering another S3 rather than the THD this November when MRV comes out.
     
  12. Sep 11, 2007 #12 of 102
    MichaelK

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    I'm thinking the $200 rebate is to get rid of the S3's- or at least make them viable for the future.

    online places have them for $599 now so after rebate that's $399. The premium for the front panel and glow remote dont seem so insane at all at that price point.
     
  13. Sep 11, 2007 #13 of 102
    rmassey

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    My S3 (Amazon price - Fathers Day MIR) cost me a little over $100 more than my THD.

    Seems to me it's worth +$100 for
    - additional 90gb
    - THX Cert
    - Glo Remote
    - nicer case
    - OLED
    - extra set of RCA outs

    I think if they want to continue to sell the S3, they either lower the price or keep offering rebates.
     
  14. Sep 11, 2007 #14 of 102
    flyfishingdad

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    Just what is the big deal with the THX certification, what does that add practically speaking for most people?
     
  15. Sep 11, 2007 #15 of 102
    rodalpho

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    True enough. It's worth an extra $100 to me too. With the rebate, it's not a bad deal at all. When the rebate expires, there probably won't be any more S3s available anyway.

    THX certification adds nothing whatsoever.
     
  16. Sep 11, 2007 #16 of 102
    Jason C

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    i have an hd. it's fine. i want to see if i can use my old hr250-10 as a mrv. i don't have directv anymore.
     
  17. Sep 11, 2007 #17 of 102
    jrm01

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    THX certification provides the user with the peace of mind that he won't have:
    1) Audio dropouts
    2)Pixlezation
    3)Audio/video synch issues
    4)Problems with cablecards
    5)Problems functioning with new technology (SDV, ADS, etc.)
    6)Other fairy tales

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  18. Sep 11, 2007 #18 of 102
    c3

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    To solve these problems, the cable companies have to be THX certified.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2007 #19 of 102
    Dr_Diablo

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    Manufacture date: 02,10, 06
    Purchase date: 01,09, 07

    Guess makes me "crazy" to triple storage with the external drive

    Next gen Tivo, won't see store shelves til 2010 at least... Prolly will have an HD burner

    Waitin patiently, for TTG in 60 days, if not sooner...
     
  20. Sep 11, 2007 #20 of 102
    BlackBetty

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    I would be shocked if the S3's are still in production. Does anyone have any numbers on S3 units sold? Or any numbers on how the TiVoHD is selling?
     

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