"An extremely bad purchase"1.5 starson by jfxk1070
Pros: Finally dual tuner Tivo with HD - just like your cable company
Cons: No Multi-Room Viewing, No Remote Scheduling, No Tivo-to-go
Summary: I ordered the Series 3 as soon as it came out, and after over 3 months I have been disappointed at almost ever turn.
I got my first Tivo in 2001, and thought it was the best thing ever. I've purchased several more though out the years including a Pioneer with a DVD burner that cost over $1,000 at the time, so the price is not really an issue.
It is the lack of basic features. You do not expect the Series 3 to have LESS capability then the Series 2, but amazingly that is what you get with this product.
When I finally got the unit up and running, the first thing you notice is that the channels turn much slower then with either the TWC HD DVR Box, or with a Series 2 and an IR connection to a standard cable box.
The second bonus that you get with this configuration is that the sound cuts out when watching non-HD channels. 8 cable cards later - TWC blames Tivo, Tivo blames TWC.
Forgetting about that for a second, just look at the feature one would expect to get for an $800 purchase, but are inexplicably missing:
Mulit-room viewing - I read somewhere that that was a concession that Tivo gave into to allow the licsensing of the cable card technology. The Series 3 should at least allow you to view shows recorded on a networked Series 2 box, but you can't even do that.
Remote Scheduling - on of the big things that the Tivo Web Site plays up is the ability to program your Tivo from anywhere. If you hear about a show and have not set it to record on your Tivo just go to the Tivo Web Site sign in and tell it to record. Yahoo! has a clearer way to do this from their TV Listings page that is really slick. BUT IT DOES NOT WORK WITH THE SERIES 3 BOX! This is really a case of false advertising in my opinion.
Finally, the Tivo-To-Go component, which allows you to download recorded shows to your PC (Not your Apple which has been promised for years, btw), works like a champ with the Series 2 but is not available for the Series 3.
Never would I have imagined a technology company coming out with a new product that offered less features then the predeccessor.
Sure the Tivo interface is slick, but it is not worth $800 more then the DVR box offered by your cable company.
Think long and hard before making this purchase. The features simply aren't there to justify this price.