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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Aug 27, 2006.
It does now, but it's just a redirect to -> http://www.tivo.com/series3hdDvr.asp
Sunday is the beginning of a week for retail stores.
I waited outside a Best Buy all night until they opened on Sunday morning so I could snap up an XBox360. This wasn't right at launch, but they had it in their Sunday morning flyer, so they couldn't sell them until Sunday at opening.
Perfectly logical time to launch a new piece of gear.
With all this talk of BestBuy getting it on a certain day, is there any reason to think that other retailers (Amazon, Buy.com) wouldn't have it the same day or not too much later? I have some Buy.com coupons burning a hole in my pocket.
Will I be able to hook my Comcast digital cable (via the RCA pin) into the Tivo Series 3, like I do with my 3412 DVR, and record 2 HD programs or do I need to get a cable card?
The only thing that might hinder it, Greg, is if BB has a limited term exclusivity deal with TiVo, like D* has with BB for the HR20-700.
I'm not saying that TiVo does, but it would slow the release to online retailers if they do.
I've got some Amazon.com gift certificates I'd like to apply toward a S3 as well. Although if they don't have them right away I'll probably buy one at full price on day one, then hold off on the second one until they do.
The S3 will NOT record from any external box. It'll record from antenna and cable, that's it!
What if the external box uses channel 3 out and you do a channel 3 merge to your existing antenna coax. There are plenty of setups to do that at places like hometech and the like.
You would probably have to set manual recordings for that channel and have a smart remote change the settop box channel but its possible and you will get the crappiest resolution but it is doable just not desireable.
zalusky, yeah, can't believe they haven't mentioned that!
This was mentioned months ago in TCF....not a new idea.
BestBuy often have special sales for BB card and/or Zone card holders... that's how I got my LCD TV for 12% off. I hope they'll have one soon again and that it'll include the S3... that would be $100 off
You could also take the analog out from the cable box and run it into a transmitter broadcasting on a certain channel, then use an antenna to receive the signal and run it into the S3's antenna port to record it. Sure it's stupid and expensive and illegal, but it solves the problem of using the S3 and an external box, so go for it.
That would work, but unlike the S2 units the S3 will not have serial or IR ports so it will have no way of actually controlling the external box. So unless you only want to record one channel it really wouldn't be a viable option.
I agree, buy the appropriate tool and enjoy. Some people however like to complicate things. And ofcourse some of those people are the cable company with SDV and this is where some people would try to do this.
Such a person would be much better off picking up a S2 to record the SDV channels. It would be a whole lot easier then anything you might be able to put together using a S3.
Given my dental hygiene, a Series 3 would probably have been a better investment if you look at yearly expenses.
Still, it really did annoy me... the pain started yesterday, and it was so bad that as soon as it started I was thinking to myself "damn, this is gonna cost as much as a Series 3 TiVo..." and it did - almost exactly ($815).
I might have to buy a S3 just to cheer myself up.
But can you tune any OTA HD with the new fillings?
Modulators are cheap and there is nothing illegal about them, but it would be stupid
Hmm ... I wonder if Costco will carry the Series 3?
For comparison purposes, Costco sells the 180 Hour S2 DT TiVo for $299, while Best Buy has it for $349 (both prices are before any rebates).
If Costco carries the S3, does anyone think Costco would have anywhere close to the same savings on the S3 as on the DT? If I did the math right, it's 15% cheaper at Costco, and if life was good to me, the $800 MSRP on the S3 would be approx. $680 at Costco! This is pure speculation on my part that the same discounted rate is used, but I have a $169 reward check from my Executive membership and that would NICELY reduce the S3 price to a little over $500 - a price that is nice and comfy for me!