"Pretty nice DVR (Really an 8.5 Rating)"4.5 starson by Rama45
Pros: Tivo interface, expandability
Cons: Missing some features from Series 2, no on demand or ppv, pretty expensive
Summary: I bought the Tivo Series 3 the day it came out. I had been stuck using Cox Cables Scientific Atlanata HD DVR and was going CRAZY.
Installing the Cable Cards was a hassle. You have to call your cable company and shcedule an appointment. It took them 2 appointments to figure out how to correctly set up the cards. That was pretty frustrating.
The Tivo is up and running now with both CableCards working fine. I absolutely LOVE being back on Tivo on my big screen. One feature is kind of confusing at first. HD recordings show up in a "HD RECORDINGS" and where all the Non-HD recording are. Picture quality is for the most part GREAT (There are times where the picture in some areas of the screen are pixelated. I am not sure if it is the quality of the cable signal or a problem with the Tivo. But it happens very infrequently.) As always the Tivo interface is awesome. Very easy to use and worth every penny of the monthly charge. I bought the 3 year plan which comes out to be about $8.30/month (I am actually saving about $8.00 month in fees compared to the Cox DVR. Still it will take me about 10 YEARS to justify the price of the Tivo.)
The media options are pretty cool. I transfered my photos and music over and they look and sound great. I like the podcasts and the Internet radio that you can get to through your Tivo. There are 3 basic games on the Tivo. I don't really understand why they included those games but I have played them a couple of times. I, by nature, am pretty lazy so I can see the Yahoo traffic and weather coming in handy.
The Series 3 also has connections for another hard drive to be added later. It is supposeedly not functioning now but will be with a "later update." I sure hope that is not the same "later update" that never made use of the "Window" button on the remote for the Series 2.
The remote has gotten better. Who would have thought that adding backlit functunality would be so useful. But it is.
Here are my main concerns:
1. Cost. $799 was pretty high. I am sure that they will come down in price soon enough (Probably by Christmas.)
2. Some features are missing. For instance, on my Tivo Series 2 I have a "RECENTLY DELETED" folder that hangs on to shows for about 24 hours to make sure that you don't accidentally delete a show that you didn't mean to. It is not on the Series 3.
3. If you can't get the CableCards to work you have very few options for television service. Also with the dependence of CableCards comes no PPV or OnDemand.
4. When going from Live TV to your Tivo page: 1. It takes longer than you would expect. 2. The screen looks like it is going bad for a second or two. Pretty minor, but little stuff like that shouldn't happen after paying $799 for the machine.
All in all, I would definately reccomned this DVR. Those whom have never used Tivo don't know what you are missing. The Tivo interface is heads and shoulders above every DVR I have ever used. Hopefully the price will come down and they will, at the very least, add all of the functions available on the Series 2.