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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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By Solema on 9/7/2006 12:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
All you guys talking about CableCard and Linux support, blah blah blah. Can any of you really give a good reason WHY this or any set-top box or HTPC needs CableCard at all? The entire point of CableCard was to ELIMINATE the cable box. Since Tivo IS a cable box, who cares if it has CableCard slots?

It really boils down to this: Tivo wants you to pay $800 for the Tivo name and interface, bottom line. You can rent a dual-tuner HD DVR for $10/month from a cable provider, and the ONLY thing you miss over this is the Tivo OS.

Hell, the storage issue isn't even an issue, if you have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD you can plug an eSata drive into it and have as much storage as you want.

Is the Tivo interface worth $800? Nope.


By sotti on 9/7/2006 12:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
DVD player
Cable Box
VCR/DVR
CD Player
--into--
HTPC

looks like we turned 4 pieces of electronics into 1. Right now if you want to record digital channels or statllite you still need a cable box, with cable card, all you need for home theater is an HTPC and a AV Reciever for sound.


By rklaver on 9/7/2006 12:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
Is the TiVo interface worth $800. Nope.

But I do have the Scientific Atlanta you mention and that things sucks as well. It makes you realize how much better the Tivo interface really is. Not to mention I could schedule recording over the internet while at work if I forgot something. I used that functionality quite often. Plus the added bonus of being able to copy things over to the PC and burn a DVD. To the best of my knowledge know one else has come out with those features (I know...other than the HTPC).

But still not worth $800 for me though. But the thing with HTPC's is can they decode digital cable, provide on-demand access or decode the premium channels?


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