Well, I guess I'm a big fat hipocrite, liar, or just plain indecisive.
Despite all the bitching I've done for a couple days about my huge disappointment in the lack of MRV and TTG on the S3 unit, combined with the huge release price, I fell to temptation and ordered my S3 tonight through Circuit City using the 10% coupon linked elsewhere.
I swore I wouldn't do it, that the early adopter price didn't quite line up with my expectations for the S3 box.
Then, through either some combination of low blood sugar, boredom, or an extreme bout of temporary insanity, I decided to pull the trigger. I figure that at the most, there might be a $200 reduction in the price of this unit between now and say, the holidays, or maybe not that soon - maybe next year. Either way, TTG and MRV will be blessed by CableLabs or it won't - and either way, TiVo isn't going to release another box that is going to fix that problem. It will be S3 or bust for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, I have a HDTV that I could be viewing my standard def programs on in high def, which since I've owned the TV, I haven't taken full advantage of.
Even if the price goes down $200 in the near future (an arbitrary dollar amount I plucked out of the air), I waste more money than that every month on hookers and booze. Just kidding. I mean pizza.
So, at the end of the day, the box cost $719, overnight shipping $25, and I even popped for the 3 year warranty for $59 - something I almost NEVER do - but in this case, what's another $59 when you are blowing that much anyway. In 3 years, the S3 will likely be dead, or antiquated. Or I will be. Life is short. What the hell.
I drank the Kool Aid. I have become "one of them" - the few, the proud, the people with too much disposable income and time on their hands.
Problem is, now I will have (4) TiVo boxes, and one of them really needs to be retired. Too bad 2 of them are still prepaid for some time to come.