"No Networking, No Satellite Inputs"3.0 starson by wmullen48
Pros: Excellent menuing, great OTA HD recordings
Cons: Business decisions have deleted features that the Series2 had.
Summary: While I thought that John Falcone's review is mostly accurate and I agree that the Series3 is a very good product, some business decisions that Tivo made, make the Series3 a flawed product.
The Series3 has Antenna and Cable inputs. However the Cable input is RF only. TiVo could have include an HDMI input for recording from some HDMI compatible source such as DirecTV. People tell me that the DirecTV signal is not compatible with the Series3. If a signal can go from a DirecTV reciever to my TV then it can be recorded by the Series3 with the addition of some hardware and software to the package.
I sent the following to TiVo with regards to another busines decision that the made
<<I understand your concerns about copyright infringement. However, the new TiVo Series3 box is a computer. On my computer, I can designate some files as sharable over a network and other files as private. Why can't you?
The TiVo Series3 box should:
1. Be able to access and show any file recorded on a Series2 machine (multi-room viewing)
2. Any file recorded on a Series3 box via the OTA (over the air) or Antenna source should be mark sharable and available for viewing by other Series2 (standard definition oly) or Series3 (both SD and HD fornats) boxes.
3. Any file from the cable source can be flagged as private and not sharable.
This can be accomplished easily through your programming. Add a routine to the recording process that checks to see if the source is cable and then flag that file as Private. All other files should be flagged as Sharable. Then add to the code used by the Series2 boxes to check for Private vs Sharable files and add this code to the Series3.
TiVoing since 2002>>
The two business decisions that TiVo has made with regard to the Series3 means that in one instance, they are deliberatly writing off all their DirecTV customers, forcing those costomers to switch to cable or live without premium channels. In the other instance, TiVo removes from its feature list the ability of its customers that own multiple boxes, the ability to reocord in one location in the home and to view that recording in another. Neither business decision is sound and as a result I must rate the Series3 box at a lower level than Mr. Falcone.