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TiVo TCD648250B Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder (2008 Model)

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  • The world's first THX-certified DVR, delivers the highest-quality home theater AV experience
  • 300 hour recording capacity, twice as much as most cable alternatives; 25-35 hours of HD
  • Easily connect to your home network with built-in Ethernet and USB ports
  • Record 2 live digital cable channels at once, while watching a pre-recorded show
  • TiVo service subscription required
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Product Specifications

Brand NameTiVo
Color NameBlack

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: TiVo
  • Model: TCD648250B
  • Color Name: Black

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 17 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000I661J0
  • Item model number: TCD648250B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,504 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Unrivaled DVR
No other box comes close. Get the very-top-of-the-line sound, highest-quality picture, and the Emmy award-winning TiVo service all in one incredible digital cable*-ready box. A subscription to TiVo service is required for this DVR to function.

Provides Access to Your Digital Cable Programming
Add high-quality entertainment to your home theater without adding clutter. Receive your premium digital cable channels in their full native HD format with CableCARD decoders (available from your cable provider). The TiVo Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder is also compatible with analog cable and over-the-air digital HD (ATSC). Provides an all-digital connection to your high-end display: HDMI for video, SP/DIF for audio.

A True Home Theater Device, THX-certified
It's not home theater without THX®-certification. The TiVo Series3 HD box maintains all of the sharpness and detail found in the original broadcast-both in sound and picture-so you get the complete high-definition experience as it was intended.

Unbelievably Liberating
Only the TiVo service offers advanced, easy-to-use features that make it effortless to enjoy your favorite entertainment any time.

Brilliantly Intuitive
The high-quality, front panel display shows what's being recorded, even when the TV is off. Uses OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.

Supreme Handling with the New TiVo Series3 Digital Media Recorder Remote
Sleek, glossy, black with silver trim, the new TiVo remote control is backlit for your viewing pleasure and it's a learning remote so it's super-easy to configure to your TV. Includes ASPECT control button.

Additional TiVo Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder Features

  • CableCARD™ technology to access your HD digital cable channels
  • Supports digital cable, analog cable, and ATSC terrestrial over-the-air digital
  • Full 1080i output over component or HDMI
  • Extremely quiet box

Product Description

World's first thx -certified digital video recorder delivers high-quality home theater a/v experience with 300-hour recording capacity easily connects to home network with built-in ethernet & usb ports records 2 live digital cable channels at once while user watches a pre-recorded show finds & records shows by title actor sports team or keyword schedules recordings anywhere from the web includes remote

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I'm extremely happy with the TiVo Series 3.
Sean Harding
My cable company DVR provides this feature so Tivo should!
R. Rideout
The TiVo remote is so comfortable and easy to use.
Bruce D. Namerow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

204 of 211 people found the following review helpful By F1 Nut on September 27, 2006
I've recently upgraded from the original TiVo to the new "Series3" HD TiVo. This review was written with the new Series3 out for less than one month, so some of the shortcomings listed below may have been addressed by the time you read this.

TiVo did a spectacular job with the hardware. The recorder can hold ~35 hours of HDTV or ~300 hours of non-HD programming, which is significantly more than cable company-provided DVRs. The Series3 can record two shows at once -- either OTA (connect an antenna to receive the networks) or cable via CableCards, and if you have a recent HDTV, the TiVo can output all the recording via HDMI (a pure digital connection between the TiVo and your HDTV). It also contains a host of less major upgrades (back lit remote, an OLED display, etc) that improve upon the famous TiVo experience.

I should point out that, at the time of writing, the Series3 is missing functionality that is available on older TiVos, such as ability to export shows to your PC, iPod, etc (TivoToGo), and the ability to view shows recorded on the Series3 on other TiVos in your house (Multi-room viewing). If these are important to you, you may want to delay your purchase until this functionality is added (currently, there is no guarantee they will be available). I rated the item as "4 stars" because of the missing functionality.

If you plan on viewing only OTA (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc via an antenna) programming, you can stop reading this review, since the rest of it deals with using TiVo with cable company supplied CableCards.

Most people who purchase a TiVo Series3 do so with the intention of using it with their cable service, and the only way to receive digital (non-basic) cable service on the Series3 is with the use of cable company-supplied CableCards.
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279 of 291 people found the following review helpful By Sean Harding on September 18, 2006
When we purchased an HDTV earlier this year, we resigned ourselves to using the DVR provided by Comcast, our cable company. We knew we needed DVR functionality, and we weren't content to watch only standard definition TV on our new set. So we bit the bullet and replaced our TiVo Series 2 with the Comcast-supplied DVR. I'm not going to review the Comcast DVR in depth here, but it's safe to say that I'm overjoyed to be able to go back to a TiVo device for our main TV.

I've been using the TiVo Series 3 for only about three days, so these are initial impressions. Overall, it's a huge improvement over the cable company DVR. It has the same awesome TiVo interface we knew and loved from our previous TiVos, but it's been spruced up a bit for HD. It looks nice. The picture quality is excellent, and the TiVo Series 3 has a great variety of options for what video modes it sends to the TV.

I had absolutely no trouble getting the two Cable Cards working. I plugged them both in to the box at the appropriate point in Guided Setup, called Comcast to have them activated, and then finished Guided Setup. They've worked perfectly from the beginning, tuning both SD and HD channels, both premium and non-premium.

I stole the TiVo wireless adapter from my Series 2 for the Series 3, and it worked seamlessly. I plugged it in before guided setup, and the TiVo used it for its connection from the beginning.

The only real problem I've experienced is that I've had a few very short audio dropouts. These last for less than a second, and seem to be related to load or resource constraints on the TiVo. For example, on the day I experienced this, I could clearly trigger it by scrolling around in the program guide. Making the box work harder had an obvious correlation to the audio dropouts.
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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Namerow on September 30, 2006
Let me be clear: no other DVR from a cable company can come close to the TiVo experience. TiVo has gotten so many of the fine details right that it's worth every penny of the extra cost.

PROS (especially when compared to cable company DVRs):

-- It could not be easier to find and schedule recordings of your favorite shows. DVR's from the cable company make the process soooooo much more complicated.

-- You can schedule your recordings online from anywhere you have an internet connection. I use this feature all the time -- more than I expected.

-- The television guide is better than any other guide you can find anywhere else. It doesn't get any better. Period.

-- It is so much easier to forward through shows. When you fast forward, it even knows to rewind a few seconds so you don't miss any part of the program. Small detail, but what a difference it makes.

-- The TiVo remote is so comfortable and easy to use. No other remote comes close.

-- You can stream music and videos to your TiVo, so no need to buy a separate multimedia network device. When you have people over, you can leave the tv on and show great pictures or artwork. Very cool.


Compared to Tivo Series2, here is what is new:

-- Accepts cable cards, so you can ditch you cable box.

-- Dual tuners so you can watch and record two shows at once.

-- The new remote has backlighting and is a "learning remote"

-- Nice new look that is sleek sitting near the tv.

-- Has a front display that shows the time and other info. You can turn this off if you want.

-- You can hook the TiVo directly into your network with ethernet... no adapter necessary.
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