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|Device Type||HD DVR|
|Compatible With Services||TiVo|
|Hard Drive Capacity||250 GB|
|Inputs||RF (TV) x 1|
|Audio/Video Outputs||Component x 1, Composite x 1, HDMI, S-Video, S-Video x 1|
|Max. Resolution||1080i, 480i, 480p, 720p|
|Features||Dual Tuner, Simultaneous 2 Programs Recording|
|Data Interfaces||Ethernet Port, USB x 2|
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This DVR is in my opinion the finest one ever from TiVo. It was the first model that is THX certified. What makes this model stand out is its front panel display. The OLED readout displays the names of the programs being recorded. I cannot understand why TiVo has not provided this extremely valuable feature on its newer models. All other TiVo models have just a simple red led indicating that a recording is in progress. This is my third Series 3 TiVo DVR and all have lifetime service. The internal hard drive is easily replaceable and can be upgraded to a higher capacity drive. There is an ESATA port on the rear panel which permits a high capacity external hard drive to be installed. Two of my units have such drives. The oldest of the units is 6 years old. These units are in constant use and have operated flawlessly. My only disappointment is that you cannot tell how much capacity remains on the hard drives. This is only a minor issue.
The TIVO brand DVR is a solid choice. They've been around the longest and have advanced the unit over the years. I especially love the ease of connecting an external drive. As a DVR user for the last 10+ years, I see a few things I'd like them to do that would make the unit even better, and a fourth that I wish they could do, but understand if they do not.
1. Allow a mode for the unit to store all programming on a live channel as long as the user remains on that channel, up to a preset limit. For example, you tune into the big game, but there's an emergency that takes you away for an hour or two. When you return, even though you didn't get to hit record to record the game, you can just rewind back through the hour or two or three and watch as if you had been there.
2. Similar to above, extend the pause time to a variety of set times (1hr, 2hrs, 3hrs, to Limit of Record Time on Drive)
3. Skip back to the beginning. You're watching a good movie. Someone comes to join you and would like to watch from the beginning. Instead of rewinding and potentially revealing the plot, just skip to the beginning.
4. It would be great, though I understand the issues preventing it, if users could skip forward in 30 second jumps.
This by far is the best tivo i've ever owned. (#4). I love how it shows what you are recording on the front. It has the time on the front also, which is a plus. You can switch from one channel to another as it has a dual tuner. It can record 2 shows at once. Having additional memory is the only way to go! Our other Tivo has standard memory and fills up way to quickly. This is well worth the extra money.
Just like the ad said. If the receiver has the lifetime service purchased by the original owner, TiVo will transfer service to you at no charge. They do it cheerfully, too. I use Comcast and had to get 2 cable cards from Comcast (this TiVo has 2 slots). The cards were free.
I had an old series 2 TiVo which took analog input only and the Comcast digital adapter severely limited the TiVo. The Series 3 HD is the oldest digital TiVo that takes digital input but needs 2 cable cards that I heard are getting harder to come by. Newer units use S-Cards or one M-Card.
This unit exceeded my expectations. The 1 TB disk drive has more than sufficient space for my needs. Using the TiVo and a good quality digital antenna, I was able to replace my $90+/mo Direct TV with free OTA programming. True, there are fewer channels to choose from, but %95+ of our viewing involved programs available "Over the Air" and the un-compressed HD signal is actually superior to satellite in my opinion. I intend to purchase a second unit in the future for our other TV.