Return Series3, get TivoHD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by chelsel, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. RealityCheck

    RealityCheck New Member

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    I'll take them! :)

     
  2. rodalpho

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    No, it supposedly worked in 8.0.
     
  3. jbrasure

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    Don't forget to take fan noise and drive noise into account. One of my favorite features of the S3 is that it's whisper quiet. It's perfect for a bedroom. I'm not sure if the new Tivo HD will be so quiet.
     
  4. lawilson2

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    That's interesting. I wouldn't be surprised if it disappeared. Here is my worry though: I bought a product replacement warranty (3 years) with Fry's on the Tivo (basically got it free with a discount I was given). If they discontinue it and I have to get mine replaced, I'd actually lose a LOT of value getting the lower end version as a replacement. That would SUCK.
     
  5. oldnacl

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    The $20 may not be significant, but taking unpaid days off work to get them installed AND WORKING PROPERLY may not be. Ask me. I returned an S3 based on that and so far I'm eating the 3 year prepaid subscription as it was past the 30 day refund period. Still better than more days off work and $600 invested in something that frustrated the H out of me (mostly Comcast's fault to keep the record straight).
     
  6. davecramer74

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    why not just keep a cable company box until your tivo is working? Do you work weekends? comcast comes out on saturdays here. Ive moved 3 times in 5 years and never had to take a day off for them.
     
  7. Leo_N

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    As davecramer74 said, most cable companies do service calls on Saturdays, however, you have to make sure the local headend would have someone available for doing the cablecard number entering and hitting the cards from the office. Which going by some of the threads I have read, those people are not there on Saturdays for quite a few people around the country.
     
  8. rodalpho

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    I've got to say that even with a 250GB S3 I had to be very careful not to run out of space with HD programming. I had to watch each show within a day or two of recording it. 160GB simply wouldn't be enough without eSATA.
     
  9. davecramer74

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    id have to agree. But i have the cable company dvr, so i get on demand. That alone, i dont have to record movies, discovery channel shows, etc. So i basically only use my DVR for primetime shows. So space isnt really an issue. But without VOD, i would have had to record all 6 star wars, all 11 planet earths, etc. right there, id be out of space. That tivohd needs that esata enabled. i could use one for my bedroom probably, but not in my main room until they enable esata.
     
  10. rodalpho

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    Well it might not have eSATA, but you should be able to replace the internal drive fairly easily. Remember before the S3 all tivos were upgraded that way, it's not so difficult.
     
  11. oldnacl

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    When I had the series 3, I had 2 or 3 Saturday visits and on none of them could they ever fix the problem. It was an issue with some key person not working weekends. Then, when I took a day off work, they sent some bozo who made a phone call or two and basically blew it off. This happened more than a few times and I finally tired of it and retuned the TiVo and Cable Cards to their respective vendors and went back to the SA8300HD for considerably less per month than I was paying for the TiVo, not even counting the hardware cost. The exact numbers were $17.90 to Comcast plus $8.85 to TiVo compared to$11.95 to Comcast for the SA8300HD. That's a premium of just under $15.00/month for a product that Comcast couldn't keep working properly more than a couple days in a row. Note that before Comcast took over, the monthly cost was $14.35 including the TiVo subscription and it worked fine, so the problem is not TiVo but Comcast. As I have 2.7 years of TiVo service paid for and unused, I'd like to pick up one of the TiVo HDs, but I'd be back in the Comcast Morass and I doubt I'd be able to put up with it.
     

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