TiVo CEO Plans More Affordable HD DVR
March 14, 2007 6:05 PM
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TiVo CEO agrees that the Series 3 DVR is overpriced
Those who want a
TiVo Series 3 HD digital recorder
but are unwilling to
pay close to $800
for it may be pleased to learn that they are not alone. TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said in a conference call that the company must drop the price of its high-definition recorders in an effort to boost its current slumping sales.
“We will be highly focused this year on moving forward with a lower-priced, mass appeal High-Def unit, which will allow us to much better participate in the HD television trend,” said Rogers to analysts in a recent earnings report.
Rogers states that the growth of HDTV sales is a wave that the company has thus far been unable to ride due to the high price of the high-def TiVo DVR.
“The other clear learning at retail is that High-Definition television sets are the most important new consumer electronics item,” Rogers said. “Given the price of our HD unit, we were not able to meaningfully participate in that trend. This also clearly contributed to lower sales volume compared to a year ago, when this trend was nowhere near as significant.”
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Unfortunately, he's not correct
3/14/2007 8:49:42 PM
The first poster is NOT correct. To record HD programming you MUST subscribe to expanded basic cable, the digital tier, and the HD tier. Adding all those monthly costs makes the TiVo much more attractive.
RE: Unfortunately, he's not correct
3/14/2007 9:16:28 PM
To record HD conent on the Tivo you'd need to subscribe to those packages as well - i.e. you need HD content in the first place to record?
Cable companies will want you to use their service over someone elses any day, so regardless of what TiVo do they will try to undercut by offering a cheaper alternative.
This was why TiVo sued the company supplying most of the generic cable boxes, because they were losing share big time to the cable companies in something that they essentially invented the market for (and have the patents for).
I don't recall how that litigation turned out.
RE: Unfortunately, he's not correct
3/14/2007 9:18:24 PM
but if you need to pay more for higher subscriptions of cable to receive HD content, then he is correct in saying that the additional cost of Tivo, and the montly subscription to their epg services in the end is a lot higher than a cable-provided PVR
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