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Popular Mechanics jumps the gun on TiVo's unannounced pricing

This week information came in on TiVo's official pricing for its upcoming and much anticipated Series3 tuner. Although TiVo has not made an announcement on its website or through a press release, an aricle in an issue of Popular Mechanics and first covered by Engadget confirms the pricing to be $800. DailyTech previously reported that TiVo had sent out a batch of Series3 tuners to major broadcasters for final phase of testing and according to reports, Series3 tuners will be available very soon. TiVo originally claimed that its Series3 would be avilable early 2006, but due to whatever reason, the release date was pushed back.

The Series3 tuner has been long in waiting and features dual CableCARD 1.0 slots, or the unit can be switched into CableCARD 2.0 mode with only one card. The unit will be able to operate in dual stream mode or single stream mode depending on user subscriptions.

TiVo is currently in a legal battle with EchoStar over DVR patent issues. TiVo took EchoStar to court claiming that EchoStar willingly infringed on several TiVo patents that cover the well known time-warping feature. Preliminary ruling sided with TiVo and forced EchoStar to disable all DVRs that it had shipped to customers but a ruling by the Federal Courts of Appeals blocked the injunction until further investigation. As of right now, EchoStar subscribers appear to be safe.

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Linux PVR
By qdemn7 on 9/7/2006 9:12:27 AM , Rating: 3
For $800 you can build a pretty decnt Linux PVR / HTPC and forget about the monthly charges and Tivo's other antics. Like kissing the behind of broadcasters and advertisers.

RE: Linux PVR
By oneils on 9/7/2006 9:15:27 AM , Rating: 2
Now I know why HTPCs are so popular. $800, ouch.

RE: Linux PVR
By Vertigo101 on 9/7/2006 9:35:17 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, tell me how that Linux CableCard support is going.....

RE: Linux PVR
By juancferrer on 9/7/2006 9:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
And exactly how do you get cablecard support in linux? or windows for that matter? $800 is a lot for a tivo, but no HTPC is going to support cablecard anytime soon.

RE: Linux PVR
By play3r on 9/7/2006 9:57:54 AM , Rating: 2
"CyberLink and Hauppauge Partner to Enable Playback of Satellite TV Services on the PC"

RE: Linux PVR
By DigitalFreak on 9/7/2006 11:26:33 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't apply in the US.

RE: Linux PVR
By bob661 on 9/8/2006 11:05:39 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't apply in the US.
Why can't we have services like this? Sigh.

RE: Linux PVR
By bob661 on 9/8/2006 2:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
Just reread the article and it DOES apply to the US!!!

RE: Linux PVR
By Orbs on 9/7/2006 6:35:36 PM , Rating: 2
Vista HTPCs will in the new year. That's not too far off.

RE: Linux PVR
By Phynaz on 9/7/2006 10:24:05 AM , Rating: 3
For $800 you can build a pretty decnt Linux PVR / HTPC and forget about the monthly charges and Tivo's other antics

Also, you can forget about six tuners (four of which are HD), cablecard support, a usable program guide, a remote control, and a package that actually belongs in a home theater cabinet.

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