|Item Weight||14.35 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13 x 17 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||TCD648250B|
|Specification Met||certified frustration-free|
TiVo TCD648250B Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder (2008 Model)
- 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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|Connectivity Technology||Ethernet||Wired||Built-in Wi-Fi||Powerline||Built-in Wi-Fi||wi-fi_ready|
|Item Dimensions||17 x 13 x 3 in||7 x 4 x 1 in||2.7 x 8 x 4.3 in||16.5 x 12.63 x 3.38 in||14.2 x 7.4 x 2 in||16.5 x 9.7 x 2.4 in|
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|Internet Applications||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube||.||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube||Cinemanow, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Hulu Plus|
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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
From the Manufacturer
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.
Only the TiVo service offers advanced, easy-to-use features that make it effortless to enjoy your favorite entertainment any time.
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
Safety Warning- will not work on satellite systems
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If you are on a very tight budget you could do worse than getting a used S3, but get a newer box if you can because the newer models can do a lot more and all the current models have 4 or more tuners. The big strength of the S3 is the ability to record both cable and off the air TV at the same time.
I guess the bottom line is in 2006 the S3 was a great upgrade from my SD only Tivo and served me well for 11 years. If you want to get a Tivo today the Bold line is very fine.
So when TiVo offered to transfer my lifetime subscription to a Series 3 (for a cost of $200, so they're not exactly giving the transfer away), I decided to take the plinge. What I expected was a lot more storage (300 hours basic, or 30 hours of HD), and a dual tuner (you can record 2 shows, and watch a recorded show at the same time).
Here's some things worth noting: You can hook up a basic able connection, and an OTA (over the air) antenna, or 1 or 2 cable cards (which replace cable boxes). You cannot hook a cable box to the Series 3.
OTA antenna, which most people associate with mediocre quality, now can receive HD digital signals, which if you can pick them up, provide exceptional picture and sound quality. I live about 35-40 miles from Philadelphia, and can receive the major networks, and a few independent stations great with an old rooftop antenna. The quality of the HD broadcasts exceeds any cable broadcast, and even make DVDs look uninspiring. And it's FREE.
If you get a good basic cable signal, you could survive without the cable cards, but you need them if you subscribe to any premium (scrambled) channels, or cable HD service. The cost of leasing the cable cards run from free, to about $3 each per month. Some rare markets charge more. But now the cable companies are required to offer them. Some people have mentioned difficulties in installing them, but I opted to do it myself (some cable companies also require you to pay for installation, but mine didn't). You have to call in to have them activated, which if you follow the included instructions, goes pretty smoothly, and only takes a few minutes to setup.
The old method of downloading program data was over the phone (the TiVo would dial in once a day, and update program data). The newer units can hook up to a home network (if you have high speed internet access). You can connect to your network with a cable, or with a wireless adapter (wireless connection with the Series 3 requires the TiVo adapter, about $50. No other wireless network adapter will work). Again, hooking up the TiVo adapter went smoothly, and only took a few minutes.
Now for the downside: My TiVo decided to reboot without warning or reason. I have heard this happen to others. For a $700 box, this is quite frustrating. The wireless adapter is suspect in causing this, so I may return the TiVo adapter and hardwire the box to my router. Also, when changing channels from antenna to cable stations, there is often a several second delay, while the box figures out how to deal with the change in resolution and signal source.
Also included with the Series 3 is the ability to download podcasts, and certain Yahoo services (like weather and traffic), and a few games.
If you have a lifetime subscription on an older TiVo, you have till the end of the year to transfer it to a Series 3. You can no longer purchase lifetime service from TiVo, so it is definitely something to consider. But it's still expensive ($650-$800 for the box, and $200 for the service transfer). If you don't have service yet, it'll run you between $10-$15/month to $300 for a prepaid 3 year contract.
Most cable companies now offer DVRs for $10-$15 a month, but they're not really in the same league as TiVo. Go to TiVo dot com for more descriptions of features and options, and visit weaknees dot com, for more info, upgrades, or to read the forums. There's also tivocommunity dot com. If you like to watch TV, but hate programming a VCR or watching commercials, put TiVo on your holiday wishlist...
Update 11/2007: Just bought a second unit. Hard to find out from TiVo, but Multiroom Viewing is now available for the Series 3. And for $200 you can triple the capacity with the Expander.
After reading many reviews, I decided to get the Series3. It is an excellent DVR. TiVos in general have been covered in many reviews, but here are the big things I've noticed:
* Swivel Search is really nice and lets you find programs pretty easily.
* It learns what you like quickly and starts recording extra suggestions.
* The interface is fast except when you re-shuffle some of your recording priorities.
* The front display is excellent: It's really neat to be able to see what it's recording at all times.
* Some programs (e.g. The Daily Show/Colbert Report) don't set the new/re-run status, and TiVo records the extraneous during the day showings.
* the cable company DVR had the ability to keep a program playing in a window(either live or recorded) while looking at the list of recorded programs. With recent firmware, the TiVo can do this with the program guide (as an overlay, not a window), but doesn't seem to do it with the Now Playing list or parts of the UI.
* My cable company won't let me have most of my HD channels unless I rent either their HD-DVR or their cheaper cable-box, despite the fact that I have the TiVo and CableCards rented.
Other things to note:
* It's a little disconcerting to not have an on/off switch.
* The TiVo-To-Go works, but it doesn't seem to send copyrighted shows (i.e. 99% of content) to the PC. The other way (PC -> TiVo) works great. This might be user error on my part, I haven't investigated thoroughly. It does automatically convert into iPod format and load it up onto my iPod.
Overall, it is an excellent device. It is a little expensive though.