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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1624 reviews of TiVo HD. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the size and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the TiVo HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1267 user reviews of TiVo HD from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers really like the size and design. The image quality and price also get good reviews. There are some critical opinions about the reliability.

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: TiVo TCD652160 HD Digital Video Recorder (2008 Model)

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Rick Broida (



A year ago, we gave the $800 TiVo Series3 our Best of Test award. Now, you can get most of its top-of-the-line features for $500 less. The hard drive is a

Dual HD tuners. Downloadable movies and TV from Amazon Unbox. Streams MP3s and photos from PCs. Mobile access to scheduling from some Verizon phones. Traffic information and weather forecasts from Yahoo

Monthly fee is a little steep on top of your cable bill. Requires digital antenna or two CableCard decoders for dual-tuner use. No THX support

Oct, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Tivo HD


TiVo fans and fanatics rejoice! The TiVo HD gives old and new TiVo users the HDTV quality they want without the steep $800 price of last year's TiVo Series 3 HD. That's because it's basically the "TiVo Series 3 light" that has been rumored since the...

The best HD-capable TiVo ever. Dual HD tuners. Still easy to use. Online scheduling via Web site or cell phone

Menu operation is a little slow at times. No TiVo to Go. No satellite support. Cable TV DVRs can be cheaper in the long run. Great for fans, may be too late for novices. Cell-phone scheduling is only on Verizon Wireless

Combining the best of the legendary simple-to-use TiVo interface with dual CableCARD readers and an affordable price (finally!), the new TiVo HD delivers the promise that the TiVo Series 3 HD made.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: John P. Falcone (



When the TiVo Series3 finally arrived in September 2006, it was the first cable-compatible TiVo to record high-def programming. But that long-awaited Holy Grail of TiVos came with a prohibitive $800 price tag that, in a world where cable companies...

Includes nearly all the features of previous Series3 model at a lower price; can record two HD programs simultaneously while playing back a third, previously recorded one; accepts cable TV and over-the-air signals; 30-second commercial skip; excellent...

Requires monthly fee in addition to cable bill; sluggish transitions between menu screens; does not work with video-on-demand and switched digital video services; must program 30-second skip; no picture-in-picture; TiVo To Go requires long, slow...

While it's not compatible with your cable company's interactive and video-on-demand services, the TiVo HD's excellent onscreen interface and long list of network and Internet features puts it in a class above the generic high-def DVRs offered by most...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: John P. Falcone (

DirecTV HD DVR (HD TiVo)


Editors' note: The good/bad/bottom line and introduction (above) of this review have been updated to reflect this discontinued product's competitive position in the DVR marketplace as of September 2006.

Records, pauses, and rewinds standard and high-def TV (HDTV); easy-to-use TiVo interface; HDMI output; includes dual satellite and dual over-the-air tuners so that you can watch one program while recording another; partial aspect-ratio control.

Can't receive DirecTV's MPEG4 broadcasts, including most local HD channels; sluggish program guide; no home networking features; no easy way to archive recorded shows to DVD.

If you're a DirecTV viewer who just can't live without the TiVo interface and can settle for its operational caveats, the aging DirecTV HR10-250 HD TiVo is a worthwhile DVR option.

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: Adam Berger (

Gadgetell Quick Review & Peep Show: TiVo HD DVR


The Tivo HD takes most of the Series3 features but packs them in a lower priced model. The HD has the ability to record up to two HD programs while watching a third, via CableCards, cable, or over the air signals. It can record a maximum of 20 hours...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Isaiah Strom (

Nine months with HD TiVo: the Series 3 platform


With nine months under its belt, eSATA expansion unofficially supported, and the promise of TiVoToGo's return, Ars examines the Series 3 TiVo to see how it fares as the first third-party native cable HD DVR solution.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: (



If you are looking for a video game capture device that will capture your gaming moments in HD, we recommend the AVerTV USB HD DVR. The AVerTV USB HD DVR offers several must-have features, including real-time recording and editing tools that allow you...

We were very impressed with the ease and the functionality of the AVerTV USB HD DVR. Although the game capture device doesn’t offer the amount of recording and editing tools that our first choice provides, it does offer HD capture which isn’t available...

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (



The TiVo has been around for over 10 years in various forms and iterations, but it's only landed on Australian shores relatively recently. Its mediocr...

Easy to use, great picture quality, remote scheduling, intelligent scheduling, no monthly fees

Small hard drive, ugly remote, many features still yet to be enabled

After all the hype and wait, the TiVo HD isn't the ground-breaking product it was touted as. It's got some nifty new features which we'd love to see widely accepted though and it's a worthwhile investment if you want a comprehensive electronic TV...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Adam Turner (

First Look: TiVo HD, no ad-skipping but you'll still want one


There's no ad-skipping, but we've had a play and we're still impressed. Slick recording options make the TiVo HD outclass a great option for keeping up with favourite TV shows and movies.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: jenneth (

TiVo HD Review From Late Last Night


That's a beauty shot of the $300 TiVo HD we reviewed last midnight. If you use a DVR, you have to check it out. This thing is pretty badass for ...

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

TiVo HD is a smart addition to any high-definition TV, combining the clarity of high definition with the smart, easy-to-use TiVo Service. It works with any cable set-up. It connects to any home network, so you get access to the best of both broadcast and broadband content. It downloads the latest movies straight from the Internet to your living room. It can pause, rewind, and slow motion your favorite moments with razor-sharp HD clarity. Plus, TiVo HD connects to virtually any cable service via CableCARDs, so it replaces your existing cable box.

Dimensions & Weight



Available Services:TiVo
Max Recording Capacity:150hour(s)/180hour(s)/190hour(s)
Upgradable Firmware: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:TiVo HD

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