I have had series2, series 3, premiere and my current roamios. Just wondering what others think was the most reliable tivo over the last 20+ yrs (poll above)
I would disagree... my S1 (original Phillips), with an upgraded HD installed very early on, ran for about 14 years. I did have to make use of a digital to analog converter that Comcast provided, and had to use the infrared dongle that came with the TiVo to control the cable box.The s3 model HD was really solid, but it suffered from the problem of many electronics of the time with the faulty capacitors, which sometimes compounded by causing hard drive corruption. All the s1's (all labels) were great but had a pretty short useful life in terms of capability.
Roamios had a couple of small bad production runs but overall probably had the best track record of dependability.
Exactly the same for me... I bought my S1 in 99, upgraded around 2006, when the first HD model (S3 OLED) came out, and then in 2013 when the Roamio, with 6 tuners and paired with a mini came out.I've only owned three TiVos and the only reason I updated was to get some kind of new feature that was not widely available at the time of release.
Upgraded a Series 2 to a TiVo HD to get HD, upgraded a TiVo HD to a Premiere to be able to use a Mini.
In my experience, it's the only piece of technology that has lasted longer than I expected.