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'Baby' TiVo

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by warrenrb, Apr 4, 2011.

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    warrenrb

    warrenrb Quiet Member

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    VirginMediaPhil

    VirginMediaPhil New Member

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    Hmm. I might go for this. I'm actually quite glad now that I wasn't chosen as an early tester. 1TB is great but half of that is more than enough for my series links.
     
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    mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Bit odd given it's not even launched yet:
    (not on the website packages list, can't ring up and order it = not launched)

    Normal marketing:

    1. Release a single expensive model to clean up on early adopters;
    2. Later reduce price to sell higher quantities
    3. Further reduce price, or bring cheaper models
     
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    sjp

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    500gb? no thanks - them HD recordings don't half take up a lot of disk space. i' be at 90% if i had one of those, bet it's not a whole lot cheaper anyway.
     
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    jonphil

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    I have no problem with Virgin releasing a smaller drive box, I would always go for the 1Tb version.

    I think it's good they are giving a option available to people who won't want / use all the space the only thing odd about it is how quickly they are talking of releasing the smaller version.

    I agree with sjp, with hard drive prices I wouldn't have thought a smaller drive would effect the price much?
     
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    cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Maybe it hasn't. Maybe they just wanted nice, low, more affordable price-point?
     
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    TCM2007

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    Looking on the Dabs site, the difference in retail price between 500Gb and 1Tb Seagate drives of otherwise identical spec is £15 - that's RETAIL. For Samsung drives its £9.

    So any significant change in price for this Baby TiVo will just be in reduced profit margin.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2011 #8 of 50
    beara

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    On the other hand, as a second TiVo streaming from the first, it might be just the job...

    Sent from my iPad using Forum Runner
     
  9. Apr 5, 2011 #9 of 50
    mikerr

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    Just had VM's "electric!" magazine through the post,
    and it has 2 double page spreads on TiVo:

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    ..and the centrefold:

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    Launch date given as 4th April, and "baby" TiVo mentioned in small print on both:

    "A lower spec box will be available soon, but the 1TB TiVo box is still our flagship product."

    No prices mentioned except "Available to TV XL customers before anyone else"

    They should be pushing the 3 tuners more, as that's something over and above sky+
    It mentions "You can record two programmes while watching a third", but don't mention you can actually record 3 at once...
     
  10. deshepherd

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    Though saying "you can record three programs but you can't watch another channel at the same time" may not be seen as a positive.
     
  11. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    But "record two watch one" is still better than Sky+HD and, I think, all other consumer DVRs currently available :)
     
  12. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    The V+ can also "record two watch one" - it can't record 3 though !
     
  13. kmusgrave

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    My Freeview DVR can record 2 and watch another (well it can't watch - I can - but you know what I mean :D )
     
  14. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Some freeview DVRs are clever with muxes,
    can you record 2, watch another when all three are on different muxes ?
    e.g. BBC1 / ITV / DAVE
     
  15. Meng

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    So is my 18-month contract for Tivo, or 1TB Tivo?

    If I decided I wanted to switch - I think 500GB would be enough for me - would I be able to do so under my current contract or would I have to wait until the 18 months were up?
     
  16. Zaichik

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    Hell on Earth
    Why would you want to do that, unless they drop the charge for TiVo with the smaller box? They'd make you pay for the box again and monthly cost- wise, you'd be no better off.
     
  17. Meng

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    I was under the impression that Baby would be cheaper on a monthly basis.

    There's a possibility of me retiring relatively soon and this sort of thing is becoming more important.
     
  18. TCM2007

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    Unlikely that the monthly charge will be different.
     
  19. kmusgrave

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    No but as most of the stuff I record is in HD they are all on 1 mux
    So I can with BBC1HD/ITV1HD/Dave for example
     
  20. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Well there you go. Shows how much I (don't) know :p
     

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