Switched to Series 3 from a Direc*TV HD Tivo and happy?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by JHJanian, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

    Sep 7, 2006
    Cypress, TX


    I made the switch several months ago, and I'm very happy. Two S3's and a TiVo HD, Comcast. Probably will add another HD around Christmas time.

    Unbox and swivel search are probably the best features they have added in a while. Plus TiVoCast content is growing and growing.

    If you can, DO hook up an OTA antenna. The PQ is great, plus having it is an excellent backup just in case your cable service were to go down.
  2. acvthree

    acvthree Active Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    I switch from DirectTV to the Series 3/Fios last year and I'm very happy with the results.

    The HD picture is far superior to the HD Lite that DTV started transmitting. I use an antenna in the attic for network TV and that works great as well.

    There are also many more software features to the Series 3 that was not available from DTV. Amazon unbox works well for shows that you don't mind a not having 5.1 for example.

    I think you will be very happy with the results.

  3. Okeemike

    Okeemike Tastes like lemons

    Apr 24, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    I am in the midst of switching now. I'm not sure how, but I was able to get out of the remaining 16 months of my DTV contract with a $10 CREDIT (do the math on that one).

    Brighthouse installed my cable, but of course, forgot the cable cards, so they're coming in on Wednesday.

    I dropped DTV specifically because of their DVR. I was really, really unhappy with it. I gave them about 10 months to work out the bugs, but in the end I couldn't get past it.

    I'm upset to lose the additional HD channels that are being offered now, but I don't watch HBO, Starz, etc,,.. now anyway.
  4. rschwarz_jr

    rschwarz_jr New Member

    Apr 16, 2002
    I switched from DirecTV hr10-250 to FIOS with verizon's DVR. That lasted about a week and I ordered a Tivo HD. They are coming to install the cable cards this weekend.

    I'm glad to hear everyone is pleased with the switch.

    I'm also thrilled to have a Tivo that isn't stuck with old software. I was on a 6.x version and now I'm jumping to 9.x.
  5. tivoknucklehead

    tivoknucklehead Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida


    I have a Series 3 and I also have Directv. I just dumped my Directivo HD and got the HR-20 from Directv. Of course I still have cable too. The HR-20 is decent for a DVR, but the Series 3 is > *. The HR-20 will record locals in HD with a 5 LNB dish , will do 2 shows at once, and also will receive all the new HD channels DTV just put out last week and will be required within a year from directv to receive any HD, so I took the plunge now. Only cost $99 to upgrade from the Directivo
    I can record 2 shows at once on cable and 2 at once on DTV, so 4 altogether on one TV set. I have DTV mainly for the NFL Sunday ticket which is a DTV exclusive

    bottom line: go for it, its worth it
  6. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    We switched from DTV to WOW! and an S3 at the beginning of the month and we're very pleased. There was a visible improvement in quality over DTV's MPEG2 SD and HD channels. Returning to a full blown TiVo has been a real treat. Unbox has already proven to be a great asset. My wife decided that she wanted to start watching a couple of new shows *after* they had premiered. Ubox to the rescue. Once they have HD content and progressive downloads I really think we'll be getting more and more of our content this way.
  7. Jacquelyn

    Jacquelyn New Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    Houston, TX
    We couldn't stand the idea of giving up TiVo, but my husband also wasn't willing to give up Sunday Ticket. My Solution:
    HR20 for Sports & HDSat
    HDTivo for Network programs (OTA only)

    This has worked great for us. We kept TiVo for the majority of our programming without paying a cable fee. It also made us aware of how little we actually record off DirecTV. I miss Deadwood, Farscape, SG1, etc......
  8. jtseltmann

    jtseltmann New Member

    May 22, 2005
    Just made the jump...

    Was not willing to give up the TiVo for the HR20's...and certainly not willing to waste more time with DTV's promises of more HD. Went with 3 TiVo HD's and wireless linked all..waiting for MRV and TTG features...love all the new benefits of full TiVo service and not just DTV's version of TiVo software. Transition will be almost seemless as the boxes act very similar. You'll love not needing the two coax lines...now all the wiring I did was a waste!

    The PQ on all my Cablevision channels seems great...have nad no pixelation at all...just asked for the 9.1 software last night and had a pending restart message this am. I think you'll be pleased..for me it was a no brainer being that Cablevision offers pretty much the same channel line up with more HD for about the same to less money.

    Good luck!
  9. phecksel

    phecksel Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    I dropped DTivo in favor of S3 OTA. Huge improvement in signal...but fighting with a failing S3, days after I cancelled my DTV service.

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