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Old 11-08-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Exclamation TiVo Slide remote discontinued!

Just got this in an e-mail.


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Old 11-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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They were way too expensive. I somehow got mine cheap on eBay so that is why I got it. $60 for a remote is pricey, even if it has a keyboard.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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Just got this in an e-mail.

Use of a tablet is the easiest. I use my iPad and iPhone for search and a lot of other things because it is much easier and you can watch a program while doing it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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Maybe they got tired of either replacing ribbon cables or catching h311 for not replacing them.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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They still have them over Bestbuy.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #6
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Though you have to put a dongle in the Tivo, right? (So it would be semi-pointless since I have 2 Tivos on top of each other… even if the remote HAD an A/B switch.)
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:09 PM   #7
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Strange, they are only around $40 on Amazon... Or used to be anyway.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:31 AM   #8
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It was a nifty idea, but with it only being able to control one TiVo and it's very limited capabilities as a universal remote it wasn't very useful. I actually got one for free as a gift for some work I did for TiVo and I never even took it out of the box. It's still sitting in my closet.

TiVo did a survey recently targeted at the remote. Perhaps they plan to revise it. The survey seemed to be weighted toward asking about more universal type functionality.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #9
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I like my slider remote, but it would so much more useful if I could program more of the buttons, and use it with a Blu-Ray player.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:19 AM   #10
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I agree, just a BIT more programmability would make it MUCH more useful.

We use ours in the theater room and glo remotes in the rest of the house but I never bought more than one because of its limited additional functionality over the glow remotes. They keyboard is nice but we have not used it nearly as often as I thought.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #11
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I bought it more for the bluetooth so that I can hide my Tivo in a closet. I use the Tivo app on my IPad a lot but it can't turn the TV on or off like the remote.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #12
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Wow that sucks. I may have to pick up a couple for backups. I can't imagine going back to a remote not using BT.

Weird I didn't get the email and it doesn't mention it on the site at all that I can find.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:39 AM   #13
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Just got this in an e-mail.

Discontinued???

Is that good or bad? Will a replacement be coming out? Or will it never be replaced?

Amazon usually has them for under $40. If they are discontinued I wonder if the price will go down. I always wanted to pick up a third slide remote.

EDIT: Crap!!! Amazon is selling them for around $68 now

The last one I bought a year ago from them was only $40. And I know it was less than that a few months ago. I guess I won't be getting another one.

And BestBuy has always sold them for $60.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #14
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This could be related to this announcement....

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/univer...120000534.html
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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No mention of US though. Only seems to support international.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #16
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$60 for a remote is pricey, even if it has a keyboard.
Really depends on the remote. I have a couple of URC's that were much more than $60 but they're capable of much more as well.
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No mention of US though. Only seems to support international.
I found a couple of items interesting and coincidental related to the Sept, 2012 UEI PR. While true that UEI's deal with TiVo provides remotes to Virgin Media and Com Hem initially starting in December 2012. I suspect that there may be other remotes associated with TiVo's Remote Accessory Program (TRAP). I can't find any information about TRAP but I suspect we'll see something soon.

I personally am a fan of the TiVo Slide Remote however the BT technology has some limits. I find that the distance between the remote and bluetooth dongle can be a problem. I'm hoping we'll see something else in the RF space to replace the BT technology.

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http://www.uei.com/images/uploaded_i...ontrollers.pdf

While Bluetooth offers a number of advantages, its most significant drawback
is limited range of up to about 10 meters (33 feet) for the most common class
of device deployed.

Prior to the Bluetooth 3.0 release (April 2009), the standard did not account
for sporadic short messages as the main usage paradigm. The protocol was
mainly focused on connection oriented interactions and the initial latency
was not an issue.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #19
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I've always wanted one of these remotes but the price has held me back. Wish I had gotten one when they were $37 on Amazon a few months ago. I figured the price would keep dropping and I'd get one closer to $25. Guess I was wrong... damn.
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I've always wanted one of these remotes but the price has held me back. Wish I had gotten one when they were $37 on Amazon a few months ago. I figured the price would keep dropping and I'd get one closer to $25. Guess I was wrong... damn.
Refurbished slide remote still available in the Clearance Center for $39.99.

https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance.do
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Refurbished slide remote still available in the Clearance Center for $39.99.

https://www3.tivo.com/store/clearance.do
But with tax and shipping here, that takes the price to $50.

I really wish I would have picked a third slide remote up when the price including shipping was in the mid thirties from Amazon.

I guess if I get one now I might as well just use my Reward Zone Dollars and pick one up from Best Buy. Since there won't be any taxes or any shipping costs.
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Yeah I may grab some at Best Buy with giftcards. They look like they only have them in store now and the web site is out of stock. I also wish I had grabbed one when they were $39.99.

Looking around online, most sites like Solid Signal, Crutchfield, and others are out of stock and show it discontinued. Amazon has them, but they are more than TiVo.

I may try to hold off until after Thanksgiving to buy so I have the extended return with the holiday shopping just in case something else comes out better.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #23
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I wonder if this will be replaced by a remote without a keyboard or something? Maybe a TCP/IP remote?

Even though I never use the keyboard on it, I love my Slide Remote because of it's small size and the fact that the TiVo responds very quickly to it (much faster the the IR remote). Yes I could use the phone or table app, but that's not really practically for continuous use.
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Yeah I may grab some at Best Buy with giftcards. They look like they only have them in store now and the web site is out of stock. I also wish I had grabbed one when they were $39.99.

Looking around online, most sites like Solid Signal, Crutchfield, and others are out of stock and show it discontinued. Amazon has them, but they are more than TiVo.

I may try to hold off until after Thanksgiving to buy so I have the extended return with the holiday shopping just in case something else comes out better.
How long is their extended return policy? Right now I get sixty days for returns at bestBuy.
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I was given use of a Slide remote early on. I liked it and hoped I'd be able to keep it. Unfortunately I had to give it back.
The only reason I didn't buy one for myself is because of how little I'd actually use the keyboard.
OTOH, if I didn't have the Harmony remote, I probably would have gotten one.

Now I'm tempted to go buy one now that they are being discontinued.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #26
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I sure hope they're just clearing out inventory for a replacement but they sure make it sound final. I love the slide remote. If the buttons weren't so darned sensitive it would be just about perfect.
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How long is their extended return policy? Right now I get sixty days for returns at bestBuy.
60 day is only for Silver status o not sure if they extend holiday for you. Normally purchases after Thanksgiving can be returned up until the 10th of January or so.
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Aww, too bad ... I really like the Slide. I don't use the keyboard that much but I love the size.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:09 AM   #29
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I never thought it was worth it so I never bought it.

I've sometimes used this app on my iPhone instead. It works fine. Just enable network remote and turn your phone/iPod Touch to landscape.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pean...416909676?mt=8
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I never thought it was worth it so I never bought it.

I've sometimes used this app on my iPhone instead. It works fine. Just enable network remote and turn your phone/iPod Touch to landscape.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pean...416909676?mt=8
Just out of curiosity, why don't you use the peanut remote that's part of the TiVo app instead of this one?
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