Originally Posted by videophiles09
I'm considering buying s3.
Just wondering how happy generally people are with the unit???
I use mine for OTA only, i.e., no cablecards. I've been using it for about 5 months, and before the S3, a regular Tivo for about 8 months.
I don't rave about the S3 like many others do, but that might be because I've so quickly grown accustomed to it's conveniences that I suppose it doesn't impress me all that much because I take it so much for granted now. It's not that big of a deal to me. However, when I reeeally stop and think about my previous recording alternatives and my previous ways of skipping around recordings (FF, slowmo, rewinding, etc), well, that's when I realize just how much I've come to depend on the Tivo and if forced to go back to my former methods and options for dealing with these issues, they would quickly exasperate me now. Having had no experience with cable/satellite dvr options, I cannot compare the respective user experiences against the Tivo S3.
And while I don't utilize Tivo Suggestions, I do have a ton of Tivo Wishlist entries, which conveniently & automatically record any of my Wishlist interests should they ever pop up in the programming schedule. Enter in the name or title info once, and it's there for as long as you keep it in your Wishlist. I've got tons of musical artists as well as some previously-aired programming that I hope get repeated somewhere down the line. I love that this system allows me to have my interests auto-recorded without me having to study the tv guides to see what's coming up each and every week.
That being said, there are a few irritating things I wish that I could change, or, random headscratchers that throw me for the occasional loop. For example, their was an 'American Idol' episode last week which stopped recording 20 minutes into the program. I cannot figure out why. It just stopped.. no other program conflicts or disruptions that I could figure out. very strange.
This is not a common occurence though.
Also, 'Lost' failed to record last week. I have this series on a Season Pass to record only first run episodes. ('Lost' will sometimes take a first run episode, then the very next week, repeat that same episode just prior to airing that weeks new 'Lost ' episode, which is apparently causing the Tivo software problems/conflict). The Tivo cancelled the recording because of some rule about "this program episode appears more than once within 28 days", which makes no sense to me. If the episode/show is designated as a first airing, just record it, even if is being represented to Tivo as a first airing more than once within that 28 day schedule! If the same episode is represented the second time as being a rerun, revert back to the original rule.. don't record that repeat airing!
The only alternative or workaround Tivo offers is for you to change the Season Pass to "record all showings", which would necessitate frequent deletions from the "now playing" list.
On balance, unless you are a computer stud who can tweak and assemble some killer media pc solution without spending countless hours on the project, the average joe/jane would be hard pressed to find a more convenient, flexible HD/SD dual-tuner recording system than the S3. I only which it had a triple tuner, instead of just a dual.