"Ordered one today!"on by doogie69
Pros Finally! 2-tuner HD and CableCARD
Cons not cheap and no more lifetime service!
Summary I've been waiting forever for this unit. I bought a SXRD HDTV late last year and sadly view little HD content since everything I watch is on my TiVo. I ordered a Series3 today! Finally HD TiVo and CableCARD support. Can't wait. It's not cheap but should be everything any TiVo user wants in HD -- and it is replacing two SD TiVos for me (that I've had at least 5 years!) with the dual tuner support. Now if only TiVo offered lifetime service for this unit!
Pros TiVo - now in HD.
Cons No network transfers - yet, Price
Summary I've written a Review, FAQ, and taken many photos:
Pros Everything I've Waited For
Cons Too expensive - Tivo: are you out of your minds?
Summary I absolutely love my series 2 and can't imagine life without it. But there is no way that I am paying $800 for the series3 AND pay $13/mth (or the $199 to xfer my lifetime from series2). Tivo: you are out of your minds! I would consider $400 and FREE transfer of lifetime, but no way at your pricepoint. Plus, "Get rid of your cable box"? Big deal! So I exchange my cable boxes for cable cards? Still paying the cable company the rental fees. And now I can't watch PPV or OnDemand unless I keep a cable box? So I'm paying TWC more? No thanks.
Pros HD, Good price, Snazzy design
Cons Won't work with cable box
Summary Make sure you call your company well in advance of getting this box. It's snazzy and cool but designed to work only with cablecards. So if your cable company is like mine and has a backlog in orders, you can expect weeks with no TIVO service at all. This should be clearly stated and is in my mind a mistake. There are no inputs other than cablecards and one for basic cable or antenna. Who uses those anymore? Digital cable boxes do not work with this TIVO. Beware!!!
The other thing that is annoying is the buttons on the remote have been slightly condensed. That means when you are using the channel down button you easily hit the "thumbs up" button, which is of no use to me personally.
I wish TIVO would get its act together on these boxes. The product is basically good but they drop the ball on some basic stuff.
Pros TiVoToGo and Multi-Room Viewing are available on any TiVo Series 3 and HD DVRs with a network connection and software version 9.1 or later.
Cons Interactive digital cable services such as video-on-demand, enhanced program guide, and pay-per-view services still require the use of a separate cable company-provided set-top box.
Summary In October 2007, TiVo made TiVoToGo and Multi-Room Viewing available on all their HD DVDs, as long as the user has a network connection and upgraded TiVo software version 9.1 or later.
The problem of accessing interactive digital cable services, may be resolved by mid-2008. Several companies, including TiVo, which have hardware requiring the use of CableCARDs, are pushing the development of a "tuning resolver", which will plug into a USB 2.0 port on units already in use, allowing them to access interactive digital cable services. Currently, the device specifications are undergoing an intellectual property review. CableLabs chief technology officer Ralph Brown, says they hope to be able to release the approved specs in early 2008. It is predicted that TiVo may have their "tuning resolver" available by mid-2008, although they have not set a price, as yet.