Doors Blown Off the TiVo Series3-Lite


bkdtv over at TCF has blown the covers off TiVo’s new S3-lite.

Well worth looking at for inquiring minds that want to know.

Tivo Series3 Specifications (TCD648250B)
– BCM7038 DVR CPU with MPEG-2 decoder
– BCM7411 MPEG-4 decoder
– 2x BCM7042 MPEG-2 encoders
– 2x Samsung S5H1409-based tuners (analog/QAM/8VSB)
– 128Mb SDRAM (plus SDRAM for BCM7042s)
– 250Gb SATA HD
– relatively large, 4-layer PCB (?)
– THX certification
– Front panel OLED display
– Glossy, backlit learning remote
– Made in Mexico
– $799 MSRP

Unconfirmed Series3 “Lite” Specifications (TCD652160)
– BCM740x DVR CPU w/ integrated MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoders
– 1x dual MPEG-2 encoder (BCM7041 or possibly an encoder from LSI)
– 2x Samsung S5H1411-based tuners (analog/QAM/8VSB)
– 160Gb SATA HD
– Smaller, lower-cost PCB
– Cheaper power supply
– No THX certification
– No OLED display
– Standard Tivo remote
– $299 MSRP

Cached link to retailer.


6 Responses to “Doors Blown Off the TiVo Series3-Lite”

  1. MegaZone Says:

    I recommend taking those tech specs with a big dose of salt. 😉

  2. HDTiVo Says:

    How does the picture look?

  3. HDTiVo Says:

    I am a little more positive about the pricing than I was previously (; $299 is a pretty good start. I’d like to see them come down $20-50 by XMAS.

    I think TiVo could have moderate success with this, restricted of course by the price/commitments of service.

  4. TiVo Blog » Lightweight Series 3 TiVo All But Confirmed Says:

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  5. HDTiVo Says:

    With the price of the S3-Lite at $299, I am thinking that TiVo is back in the business of hardware subsidization in the range of the DT180 to DT80.

  6. John Says:

    So frustrated that I bought a series 3 four days ago. Seriously considering returning it.

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