TiVo Series3 High Definition Digital Video Recorder

TiVo Series3 High Definition Digital Video Recorder

36 Ratings | 2 Reviews
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Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
General
Warranty Information90 Day Limited Warranty
Broadcast Format Supported480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
SlotsCableCARD
Recording Time300 Hour
InputHDMI Yes, Composite Video Yes, Component Video Yes, Network (RJ-45) Yes, Modem (RJ-11), USB Yes
Dimensions3.38" Height x 16.50" Width x 12.63" Depth
Height3.38 in
Width16.50 in
Depth12.63 in
Weight10 lbs
URLhttp://www.tivo.com
Additional Specifications
OutputAudio - Digital Optical, HDMI, Video - Component, Video - Composite (RCA), Video - S-Video
Digital TunerYes
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User Reviews

36 Ratings | 2 Reviews

4.22 out of 5 stars

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  • Expensive...but still a good value

    By Randy  Mar 14, 2009

    I used Comcast DVRs for a couple of years but after a number of replacements by the cable company...none correcting the problem...I was ready to give up on DVRs altogether. Even the Comcast techicians admitted that their boxes were riddled with probl...ems. I seriously considered returning to a digital set-top box and my VCR, but a friend suggested Tivo. I was put off by the price and figured one DVR was the same as another, but I could not have been more wrong. We purchased a refurbished box from Tivo with a lifetime subscription to the service (a $400 additional investment up front). I had never used the service and was unsure if I'd like it, but the rep assured me I had 30 days to return it for any reason for a full refund if I wasn't happy with it. Within two days of having this DVR I wondered how I knew that TV would never be the same. It was so awesome that we immediately ordered a second unit for our bedroom. With everything hooked up on our wireless network we can enjoy multi room viewing, Tivo to Go, and many other features (a previous review from 2006 said these features were not available, however they are available now.) We also subscribed to Netfilx and for about $9 per month we can enjoy one DVD at a time mailed to us, plus an online video on demand catalog of over 12,000 other movies and tv shows available at no additional cost. I can also download movies from Amazon that I can either rent or buy at a very reasonable cost, which virtually eliminates the need for trips to the video store. So consider this...I spent approximately $800 per DVR as my initial investment. We enjoy awsome DVR performance, no trips to the video store and have all but eliminated going to the movie theatre. A trip to the movies alone with a family of four with tickets, popcorn and sodas can easily cost close to $100 for one movie...and your never sure if you'll like it. We can watch four or five movies a month without ever leaving home and saving a tremendous amount. At our current rate, both of these machines will have paid for themselves in a year or less. Expensive? Yes...initially. But when you start looking at all you get for your money, this is an awesome value. Read more Less

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  • Excellent but Expensive...

    By Jay  Oct 13, 2006

    The bottom line: The Series3 delivers dual-tuner HD recording and some worthwhile networking features to cable customers, but the exorbitant price tag will be too much for all but the most devoted TiVo fans.

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Pro Reviews

  • TiVo Series3 HD DVR

    Home Theater Magazine

    It features dual HD tuner digital cable recording, an over-the-air ATSC antenna input, a 250GB hard drive that can record up to 32 hours of HD programming (300 hours of SD), HDMI and Toslink optical digital output as well as a built in Ethernet port for direct connection to broadband Internet. Read more

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  • TiVo Series3 HD DMR

    Geek.com

    The TiVo Series3 HD DMR handles HD (could you guess that from its name?) and offers you a whole bunch more features . including the ability to ditch that set-top box the cable company rents you. Read more

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  • TiVo Series3 HD DVR

    CNET

    If you asked dedicated TiVo fans to design the ultimate version of their favorite DVR, they'd probably say, Give me all the great features and excellent interface from past TiVo models, but add dual tuners and the ability to record high-definition video. And that, in a nutshell, is pretty much what TiVo has delivered with the Series3 Digital Media Recorder. Read more

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  • TiVo Series3 HD DVR

    CNET

    Can record two HD programs simultaneously while playing back a third previously recorded one; accepts cable TV and over-the-air signals; replaces your existing cable box; 30-second commercial skip; excellent user-friendly interface and remote; impressive Internet and home-networking features, including online scheduling, photo, and music streaming; built-in Ethernet and optional Wi-Fi networking. Read more

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