Poll: Are You Happy With Your Series 3

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by PT30, Apr 11, 2008.

POLL: ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR SERIES 3?

  1. I AM HAPPY WITH MY SERIES 3

    91.2%
  2. I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY SERIES 3

    8.8%
  1. Apr 11, 2008 #21 of 151
    rodalpho

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    Audio stuttering is a common issue on the S3 models. Also I have two hard drives, it only happens on certain channels, it happens on both cablecards, and it doesn't happen with a digital cable box.

    I've had TiVo since 2000; you don't need to sell me, man. :)
     
  2. Apr 11, 2008 #22 of 151
    supie

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    Other than missing some features it should have I am very happy with it/them.

    Also the Tivo Desktop should be more robust.

    I give the S3 a 4 out of 5.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2008 #23 of 151
    PT30

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    Sorry, I should have been more specific.

    I consider the Tivo HD to be a series 3 since no series 2 ever had high definition capability and stores are selling about 95 percent high definition TV's.
     
  4. Apr 11, 2008 #24 of 151
    mohanman

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    I love my series 3, I give it a 10+ but I didn't go through all the messages and see what the point scale was. It's so much better than the comcast box, and dealing with home theater pc crap. Can just use MRV or tivotogo.. easy

    Thanks TiVO

    Downside.. a little bit expensive!
     
  5. Apr 11, 2008 #25 of 151
    astrohip

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    A poll is based on either truly random sampling (and BTW, random is *not* happenstance), or a targeted sample. Never never never is a (real) poll allowed to be done over the internet like this. Theoretically (and I'm pushing the absurd, but it shows my point), one could create a poll, and ask his buddies to all vote, thus skewing the results.

    There may be equal opportunity to vote, but there is not equal desire, nor equal sampling. Sorry, defend this all you want, but it ain't a legit poll.

    How do you know this? Did I miss where this poll showed who voted & how?
     
  6. Apr 11, 2008 #26 of 151
    PT30

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    Three failures in a row. Are you buying from a reputable dealer? Are you buying used or refurbished product?
     
  7. Apr 11, 2008 #27 of 151
    PT30

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    It has to be a targeted sample because the people need to be Tivo owners. I have no idea what you mean by "happenstance"

    Again I am baffled by your reasoning. Any respondent to any poll must have a desire to respond, that is a given. Equal sampling? Now you have truly lost me.

    When viewing the poll results there is a number of responses listed. Clicking on the number shows the names of those who voted and what they voted. Such as this:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/poll.php?do=showresults&pollid=6365
     
  8. Apr 11, 2008 #28 of 151
    TexasGrillChef

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    Maybe... however I was just interviewed by "REAL" market research company. They asked me the same question. My only options for them was yes or no.

    They also asked if I would purchase again if I had it to do all over again. The answer allowed was Yes or NO.

    TGC
     
  9. Apr 11, 2008 #29 of 151
    TexasGrillChef

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    Still not 100%... Especially if the bathroom was at sex change clinic.:eek:

    TGC
     
  10. Apr 11, 2008 #30 of 151
    Bierboy

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    Not as accurate as you might think....:D

    Ooops....grill chief kinda beat me to it!
     
  11. Apr 12, 2008 #31 of 151
    Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Yet he's been a member for 10 times longer than you....
     
  12. Apr 12, 2008 #32 of 151
    HDTiVo

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    Its 111 to 9 now. Looks like the oft repeated premise about negativity is on shaky ground.

    I liked my original S3 enough to buy 3 more Series3 Platform TiVo HDs. Please add 3 to the yes column since I could only vote once. ;)
     
  13. Apr 12, 2008 #33 of 151
    pjohnson

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    I don't post much (in any) of the websites I follow. This is due to not desiring getting slammed for my views/beliefs/problems. That's why I don't post.

    However, since you asked. My issue is not with my S3 hardware (which works fine). Two things have happened to me which has soured me on TIVO and the S3. Note, I have 4 Tivo units starting with the Sony in 2000.

    First, I was denied the $200 rebate on the hardware (last Father's day). I guess it was my fault since I didn't follow up with it for 4 months, and then the clearing house said I had not activated the device (I did, the day I received it). It was stated that the promotion was long over and I could not get the rebate. I pursued it, not very vigorously, finally deciding that it just wasn't worth it.

    Second, I really dislike the advertisements. It makes it so I don't want to turn on the TV anymore.

    I was a huge proponent of Tivo until these two happenings.

    Having said all this, I do enjoy this website, and the thoughtful discussion that goes on about SDV, and the like.

    Phil
     
  14. Apr 12, 2008 #34 of 151
    RoyK

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    A poll like this presupposes several things - none of which are true:

    1. The respondents have a S3 - There is nothing to keep those who never even saw a S3 from responding and no way to filter those votes out.

    2. Its likely that users who tried a S3 and didn't like it returned or sold it. Why would they keep something they don't like? Likely those users no longer frequent this forum (if they ever did) and therefore wouldn't be voting.

    3. There is an implicit assumption that the members of this forum who vote in the poll statistically represent the entire base of users who own or ever owned or used a TiVo S3. Maybe so, maybe not. Personally I doubt it.

    So the 90+ percentage approval rate of the current results are no surprise.
     
  15. Apr 12, 2008 #35 of 151
    berfy

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    In truly accurate Polling the participants are randomly selected. Thats why they can claim a three percent accuracy rate.

    This CANNOT be said of a Poll in this Forum where the participants are NOT randomly chosen but rather volunteer themselves. This completely skews the Polls findings I'm afraid and it's accuracy is nowhere NEAR 3%.
     
  16. Apr 12, 2008 #36 of 151
    PT30

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    From what you say, apparently you are quite sensitive to "getting slammed". Hopefully, you will not take my comments as "slamming".

    You say: "My issue is not with my S3 hardware (which works fine)."

    That is good to hear.

    On the rebate issue I would say this. ALL rebates from ALL companies have an end date and everyone must file for the rebate by that date. Blaming Tivo for my own failure to send in the rebate by the deadline is something I would never do. As a matter of fact, I too missed out on the $200 Tivo rebate because my 79 year old mother was in a nursing home and in a hospice program and on her death bed for months before the rebate date. A while after she died I noticed that I had missed the rebate date. I do not blame Tivo in any way for my own failure to send in the rebate. I do not believe you should either.

    Then you say, "Second, I really dislike the advertisements. It makes it so I don't want to turn on the TV anymore".

    I do not understand why anyone would say that. The advertisements are just an entry on a screen that in no way interferes with having all 89 of my seasons passes recorded and ready for me to view, commercial free to boot. (I know that is quite a lot of seasons passes but I have two one terabyte drives on my Tivo and most shows seem to hang around for 12-14 days before they automatically delete)

    The advertisements I look at for a few seconds, the commercial free program viewing I look at for many hours. Plus, the advertisements bring in revenue that Tivo desperately needs to stay in business, because so many cable and satellite providers have decided to steal Tivo's technology without paying licensing fees. That is about to change as Dish Network was on this past Monday, turned down for a rehearing and has lost both the original case and the appeal trial.

    I welcome the advertisements and click on them to generate additional revenue for Tivo. That will help them stay in business until they get the $240+ million from Dish. The penalty goes up monthly by $6 million. Then Tivo will be ready to go after the cable companies that are infringing on the Tivo patent. You should welcome the advertisements as they help make sure your Tivo that works so well will continue to function.
     
  17. Apr 12, 2008 #37 of 151
    pjohnson

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    Sorry, I don't know how to use the QUOTE stuff.

    First on the rebate. I sent in everything on time, and complete. The problem was they said I hadn't enabled the TIVO service in time, which was false (and provable by looking at my TIVO account). They then said, well, too bad, since the promotion had ended, and I should have followed up within 90 days, not after that, so it was too late.

    I don't blame TIVO for this, it is just infuriating to lose $200, which was the only reason I sprung for the box at that time. So, it makes me angry when I dwell on it. So I try not to :D

    You then said about the advertisements:

    "I do not understand why anyone would say that. The advertisements are just an entry on a screen that in no way interferes with having all 89 of my seasons passes recorded and ready for me to view, commercial free to boot...."

    Sorry, we just disagree about that. I dislike cluttered screens, and when I see the S3 "Tivo Central" screen, I seem to focus on the ads, not the "now playing list" etc. I realize that is the point, but it's annoying, so I try to avoid it.

    I like the way the original Sony Tivo ads are much better, since they are not graphically emphasized like on the S3, and hence much easier to ignore.

    This is just my opinion, and I realize the ads are more bothersome to me than to most of the populace (including, most likely, my family).

    Phil
     
  18. Apr 12, 2008 #38 of 151
    nhaigh

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    I'm really happy with both my S3's and both my S2's.

    I think the TiVo experience is only compromised by the Desktop sofware and its poor transfer performace. Either offer a product that reliably transfers to the TiVo or don't. I still don't understand how TiVo cannot do this as least as well as others on the Net attempting the exact same thing.
     
  19. Apr 12, 2008 #39 of 151
    VivaLasVegas

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    Yes, there's a poll in the Comcast w/TiVo forum on this site and there are people voting (both positively and negatively) who don't own one and have never used one.
     
  20. Apr 12, 2008 #40 of 151
    eabu

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    Someone did not do their job correctly at TiVo and it cost YOU $200. This is TiVo's fault and I would be pissed too. To even blame you for not catching their mistake within 90 days is absurd. $200 is a lot of money.
     

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