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TiVo Series3

TiVo Series3
alaScore 80

774 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 774 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and usability also get good views. Views are divided on the reliability. Many are less positive about the value for money.

usability, image quality, design, size

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the TiVo Series3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 774 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for TiVo Series3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 500 user reviews of TiVo Series3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, design, size

value for money

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: TiVo TCD648250B Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder (2008 Model)

Expert review by:

TiVo Series 3 Lite

 

The new TiVo HD may be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean we don't have love for its older, wiser cousin, the Series3. Yes, it sports an unholy

Whopping 250GB hard drive holds up to 32 hours of HD programming. Supports remote scheduling via the web. Backlit remote control for easy channel surfing in the dark. Parent-friendly KidZone keeps the tykes away from racy content

Crazy expensive, and that’s not counting the monthly fee. Requires a digital antenna or CableCard decoder for dual-tuner use. Doesn't support TiVoToGo or multi-room viewing

Editor's Choice!

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The Elph Goes Digital

 

Dual-tuner HD recorder. Updated remote now fully backlit. Very easy to use.

The TiVo Series3 is a solid, dual-tuning HD recorder that can be used with off-air and cable sources, but this early version is expensive and its menus are not completely optimized for HD displays.

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TiVo Series3 (32-HD hours)

 

Editors' note: As of September 2008, the TiVo Series3 has been discontinued. While existing owners will continue to receive service and software updates on their units, new customers interested in this product should check out its replacement, the TiVo...

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;...

Extremely expensive, especially compared to "free" DVRs available from cable providers; does not work with pay-per-view and video-on-demand services; requires monthly fee in addition to cable bill; CableCard installation can be problematic; no TiVo To...

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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TiVo Series3 HD DVR

 

According to Wikipedia, TiVo was started in 1997 by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay, veterans of Silicon Graphics and Time-Warner's Full Service Network digital video system. What started out being a home network solution morphed into what we now know as a...

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TiVo Series3 HD DVR

 

The TiVo is an excellent DVR, the best that I have yet had in my home, in fact. But is it worth the money? The TiVo is more than just a DVR; it's a convergence device that connects you to other services over the Internet as well as the ability to...

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TiVo Series3 HD DMR

 

If you've invested in the HD phenomenon for your TV and cable box, why not take the plunge and upgrade your TiVo as well? Don't feel bad about it either. The TiVo Series3 HD DMR handles HD (could you guess that

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"Unreliable, too expensive"

 

Nice quality picture and sound when it works. Season Pass is great.

Expensive and unreliable. When it breaks out of warranty (and it will if you keep it 3 years), you'll get hit with a big repair fee, which gets you a refurbished model that probably wasn't really fixed. Then, if you bought lifetime service, you can get

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Unreliable, too expensive

 

Nice quality picture and sound when it works. Season Pass is great

Expensive and unreliable. When it breaks out of warranty (and it will if you keep it 3 years), you'll get hit with a big repair fee, which gets you a refurbished model that probably wasn't really fixed. Then, if you bought lifetime service, you can get

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Your better of getting cable or dish, trust me.

 

Tivo doesnt offer anything better than cable or dish can give you with their DVR service

Its too expensive just to be able to record shows. I tried to cancell my services and Tivo indicated that I had automaticaly signed up for one year commitment. Even though they have no proof of contract. The Tivo box was expensive enough

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"Your better of getting cable or dish, trust me."

 

Tivo doesnt offer anything better than cable or dish can give you with their DVR service.

Its too expensive just to be able to record shows. I tried to cancell my services and Tivo indicated that I had automaticaly signed up for one year commitment. Even though they have no proof of contract. The Tivo box was expensive enough.

Product Specifications

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. 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. 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. Sleek, glossy, black with silver trim, the new TiVo remote control is backlit for your viewing pleasure and it's learning remote so it's super-easy to configure to your TV. Includes ASPECT control button.

DVR

Available Services:TiVo
Max Recording Capacity:300hour(s)
Type:DVR

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Manufacturer:TiVo
Model:HD
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:TiVo Series3
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