OTA comparison between HR10-250, Series 3 and HDTivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jhhyde, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. jhhyde

    jhhyde Member

    Dec 31, 2001
    Sammamish, WA


    Does anyone have any information on how well the new HD Tivos (both the Series 3 and the HDTiVo) do with over-the-air (OTA) signals. I have an HR10-250 DirecTiVo and the OTA performance has always been a bit iffy for me. I was thinking I might go ahead and buy a new standalone HD TiVo for OTA recordings only.

    Anybody have any ideas on whether they think it is worth trying?
  2. TiVolunteer

    TiVolunteer lotta lurk rare post

    Jul 10, 2001
    Cary, NC
    I ran my HR10-250's side by side with my S3's for about a month. The S3's were able to pick up some channels that the HR10-250 couldn't tune. Also appeared to be more stable (less pixelation) on some of the channels.

    Here is another thread which compares the two -- much of the discussion is around the DirecTV versus cable but there is also discussion of OTA mixed in there.
  3. pkscout

    pkscout Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    Honolulu, HI
    My HR10 could never pick up our PBS station, which I technically pick up off the back of my antenna. The S3 picks it up most of the time, although there are pixelation issues from time to time, but really not that bad given I am 180 degrees out of phase.
  4. kennedy

    kennedy Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Northeast Ohio
    Both the S3 and THD have far superior OTA tuners than the HR10-250. In my case, they turned unwatchable channels (frequent pixelation) into watchable ones. With a rooftop antenna, I highly recommend the S3/THD for OTA recording.

    Good Luck!

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