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The Series3 shows off its OLED display - Image courtesy Engadget

Inputs of the Series3 - Image courtesy Gizmodo
The Series has landed!

Today the non-disclosure embargo for the Series3 TiVo lifts, and sites everywhere are starting to disclose the details.  Gizmodo has a few images and videos up already, sporting the new OLED front display and a sleek new look.

The biggest draw to the Series3 is, of course, the CableCARD support.  The new Series3 supports two CableCARD 1.0 adaptors capable of decrypting a single signal per card.  Multi-stream support will be available later this year.

CNET also was able to get a shot at the new Series3, which particularly emphasized on the networking capabilities of the Series3.  All reviews so far have been disappointed with the lack of TiVo2Go, a service that used to allow users to rip content from the TiVo to a PC.  Also absent from the Series3 is the ability to use external hard drives, although an e-SATA connector is present for future support.

Engadget reports "Units go on sale today at TiVo.com and should be showing up within the next week or so at Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's, and Ultimate Electronics."  However, at the time of publication the TiVo.com links had not been enabled yet.  CircuitCity has its buy page up already.

The Series3 will still come with the $800 price tag as reported earlier.  Additionally, you'll still need to pay a monthly fee for the TiVo services.



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Could someone please explain for me...
By AmbroseAthan on 9/12/2006 9:37:49 AM , Rating: 2
What Tivo does that my TimeWarner DVR Cable box doesn't? I honestly don't know and am curious.

Currently, with TW's DVR, I can:
1) Just open my guide and press the record button on any two simultaneous shows I see running (including HD) and off they go (though the guide only goes 48 hours out).
2) Pause a show, rewind a show I have been watching, fast foward back to the live feed.
3) Record series, so I don't have to worry about recording it per episode (heck, it even adjusted for shows that started late due to a prior sport broadcast or such).
4) Currently this costs for $5 a month extra for my DVR box.




By michal1980 on 9/12/2006 9:58:56 AM , Rating: 1
its not called tivo...?

I think I'd actually perfer a tivo box that worked better then my SA8300hd timewarner HD box.

useing on demand reboots the freaking thing all the time.

and the software tivo uses is 'nicer' then the 8300.

BUT, I won't pay that big of a mark up for a tivo box.

Honestly there NUTS to think that tivo software = 800 dollars, and a measly 250gigabyte hard drive! phhff.

sorry tivo years late, and way overpriced. plus you still have to pay 13 bucks a month. WOW, just slap me in my face.

Maybe, Just maybe, if it came with a transferable lifetime sub.
but they don't even through you a bone.

I think i'd rather blow my money on blu-ray, or hd-dvd before the dust settles on that, then this.


RE: Could someone please explain for me...
By dajeepster on 9/12/2006 11:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
something that everyone seems to miss...

I can program my TIVO from anywhere.
i.e.
from work, from school, from anywhere I have internet access. I don't have to be sitting in front of my TIVO to record a show. I just need to go to TIVO's website and pick the show I want to record. It's a real convenience when i'm on the road for business, or I hear about some show that sounds like it would be interesting to watch, but can't get home in time to set up my TIVO.

I don't hear about this capability available with other DVRs.

But seriously, the price really needs to come down for the series3


By GoatMonkey on 9/12/2006 12:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know of other DVRs that do that either, but HTPCs can. I know Snapstream BeyondTV can for example.


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