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The TiVo HD lives up to the promise of finally getting HD programming on a TiVo at a reasonable cost. It does core search, record, and playback functions better than anyone else in the DVR business. I think $300 is the sweet spot that will push current TiVo subscribers into the HD fold and lure new users away from the plain-vanilla boxes offered by most cable companies. quote


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Critic reviews

8.6
5 reviews
  • Ease of use
    9.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Expandability
    8.7
  • Other features (networking, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

8.3
38 reviews
9.0
PC Mag Jul 24, 2007

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.

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9.0
PC World Jul 24, 2007

This inexpensive TiVo records high-definition programming--even ones on scrambled channels, thanks to its two CableCard slots.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jul 24, 2007

Now that it's up and running, I can't think of a single reason to ever plug in that Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD again. ... The great news: To reach the low-low-price of $300, TiVo only cuts the corners we'd cut ourselves. It is functionally a Series 3, minus the fluff.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 4, 2008

The TiVo HD XL is the successor to the TiVo Series3, but in the TiVo HD's shell. Offering a lot more recording capacity, this model adds THX certification and includes the backlit TiVo Glo remote. I just wish the price wasn't quite so steep.

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8.0
CNET Jul 23, 2007

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 cable providers.

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9.0
dotEvan dotEvan

I've been using the TiVo since the dual tuner Series 2, and I've always been a fan. The remote is a delight to use - the buttons are exactly where you think they'd be and it's really easy to hold. The software never crashes and the menus are easy to navigate. Sure, the TiVo Premiere may look...

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8.0
roberto roberto

I have had a great experience with the TiVo HD. Its ease of use, especially when it comes to the basic DVR functions, is excellent. Entering qwerty data is the only drawback; for an additional fee a remote with a keyboard can be purchased. I rarely, if ever, watch live TV anymore because of how...

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9.0
DaveFriedel DaveFriedel

The TiVo HD XL gives you up to 150 hours of HD recording time. If you've owned a TiVo Series 2 before, it's the exact same software with a few tweaks for HD. This model uses cable card(s) to tune television programming rather than hooking up to a cable box. This provides 2 digital HD...

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9.0
WilfBrim WilfBrim

I was late to the Tivo game. I had been using a SA box from Cox (my local cable company) and was not unhappy with it. I was away for a year, and decided that now was the time to give Tivo a try. I have been pleased with the box for the last 18 months or so. Overall: 1) The guide and recording...

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8.0
esmalling esmalling

Tivo is the king of DVR interfaces (at least the classic UI is, the new Premier interface looks like it still needs some debugging). I've used AT&T Uverse, Dish Network and DirecTV DVR's and I still would go with the classic Tivo UI given the option. The biggest problem with this machine is...

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9.0
vestradeus vestradeus

Pros 1) Best user interface. 2) Reliable, no lock ups, no crashes, not mess. 3) great additional features like Netflix, amazon unbox, rhapsody, etc. 4) Perfect cabling options. Cons 1) Looses channel signal occasionally with Time Warner cable, using cable card. Not sure who's fault this...

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9.0
kylesturgeon kylesturgeon

The TiVo HD is a TV and movie watchers dream. The hardware looks and performs great...fits right into my current media set up, but what sets the TiVo HD apart from other DVRs is TiVo's software. It is much more intuitive than Comcast's DVR, even after the recent upgrades Comcast made....

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8.0
mhiszem mhiszem

I bought a refurbished one and had to get it replaced a couple months after having it. The one that I have now is great. The only issues I have had have been with TWC, not with TiVo. Great customer service, usually able to solve your problems. The functionality is much better then a standard dvr...

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9.0
mypape mypape

This is the only electronic component in our house that my wife says openly if anything ever happens to our TiVo it needs to be replaced immediately. During a move we had jarred our Tivos hard drive and it would not boot. So I assumed it since it was my fault it would be my responsibility to buy...

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9.0
DuckByte DuckByte

After a few months of using the HD DVR provided by my cable company, I finally got tired of constantly having to delete programs because the hard drive was full and switched to the Tivo HD XL. Along with the cable card inputs, the Wi-Fi adapter and the Tivo To Go software, this has proved to be...

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10
brett brett

We have the TiVo HD running with our 46" 1080P Samsung HDTV. It is fantastic. It records HD (or regular of course) and does it well. We got a WD 500GB external eSata drive to add storage capacity and we aren't even coming close to filling it right now. TiVo also has a feature in...

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9.0
IMO IMO

My understanding is that in the US the Tivo runs on a subscription model however in Australia the device is purchased outright. At the time of writing this review the cost is $699. This payment model is a positive thing from my perspective as I much prefer a one off cost to monthly bills. I...

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9.0
BigInJapan BigInJapan

I finally made the leap a few years back after getting fed up with the awful box I was renting from Time Warner. I haven't had a moment's regret since. There's not much I can say here that hasn't already been posted a million times over. The UI is easy to navigate, the box...

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9.0
jammastercd jammastercd

For the price paid, I think the TiVo HD provides the best balance between price and quality. It's accessible to the mass market, but still provides excellent quality with a fairly strong selection of options. I like the idea of a Media Center based DVR, but it is currently too difficult...

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9.0
misterc0w misterc0w

I have had a Tivo for about a year now. This is my second one, the one that got me hooked was the DirecTivo for standard definition. Hands down the Tivo is the easiest to use and most friendly DVR that I have owned. In the past I have had DirecTV and Comcast cable DVRs, and they generally work...

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