Refurb TivoHD @ $179.99+$5.00SH @ Woot

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  1. Mar 6, 2008 #41 of 154
    garath

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    That's exactly why I bought mine through woot. I was having trouble pulling the trigger even at $250, but $185 is a great price. If it all works out well I'll probably be looking at getting whatever the next series is. This is more of an experiment.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2008 #42 of 154
    bicker

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    To be fair, it is better for people to think MORE is going to change than really will, than it is for people to think that LESS is going to change than really will.

    It isn't quite that simple. Nothing will change on that specific date (2/17/2009), but things are changing in cable, and it may indeed affect folks, unless they already have a cable box on every television in their house.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2008 #43 of 154
    OvrrDrive

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    The bottom line is that if you are paying for cable, even televisions that do not have a digital tuner built in, or a new digital tuner box attached to them will still work the exact same as they do now. There are no other changes coming to affect this, nor will there be. The Rf signals in the coax will remain unchanged due to this whole ordeal the FCC is doing. It only affects OTA and off-air transmission, and in no way at all now or ever will this ruling by the FCC affect what you will receive in your house from the cable company.

    Eventually the cable companies may indeed go all digital, but it is in no way related to this snafu from the FCC. They will do it for bandwidth and service offerings dictated by an ever-changing market so they can remain competitive with the competition.

    These are educated guesses on my part, but I am involved enough in this situation that I am pretty well educated on the subject. ;)
     
  4. Mar 7, 2008 #44 of 154
    FrodoB

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    In fairness to all the people with a mistaken impression of the digital changeover, I just last weekend listened to a Control4 (home automation/HT) sales guy who repeated the canard about needing a new TV or a DCB, even though almost his entire home show audience would be cable/sat users. And if anyone should know, I would think it should be him. (I don't know if he knew the real details and was just dumbing down with limited time in the presentation or not.)
     
  5. Mar 7, 2008 #45 of 154
    brettatk

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    It is amazing how many people think their TV's will be obsolete next year. When these ADC set top boxes come out I wonder how many people that have been using cable or satellite will run out and buy one to only realize that they do not need it.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2008 #46 of 154
    cdeckert219

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    I caught the Woot "heads up" and finally pulled the trigger to get an HD box. Then I got the tip regarding Buy.com offering a 1TB drive for under $250. My wife is going to be very happy to get rid of that clunky SA8300HD DVR (which "gray screens" regularly and has been impossible for her to figure out). She's been asking, "Can't we just get a TiVo that does HD?" Then I printed the threads regarding cable card setup and tips on Time Warner challenges. Next I got the latest scoop on upgrading drives, since it's been a couple years since I did my S2 boxes. Finally, I got a lot of laughs reading the rants regarding all the "controversial" topics.

    For any newbies out there, my 2 cents... TiVo is definitely better (easier!) than the cable box; upgrading a drive yourself is not rocket science; and refurbs are a good option (especially if you plan to upgrade the drive...since that is probably the most common point of failure).

    For those of you posting helpful tips, thanks!!!
     
  7. Mar 7, 2008 #47 of 154
    bicker

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    And in further fairness, the reality is that the February 2009 date would provide very convenient cover for cable companies deciding to go "all-digital".
     
  8. Mar 7, 2008 #48 of 154
    vulture99

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    Is this offer open to anyone? Are the refurbished TiVo HDs from the woot.com sale eligible?
     
  9. Mar 7, 2008 #49 of 154
    Eccles

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    Don't know if it's open to anyone - go to TiVo's online store and go thrugh the motions of buying an HD; if you see Product Lifetime as an available option, then it's available to you! I called and spoke with a TiVo CSR, and was informed that I did not have to buy from TiVo; I could get it regardless of where I bought the device.
     
  10. Mar 7, 2008 #50 of 154
    OvrrDrive

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    Trust me when I say the cable companies are taking a bad enough rap on this one as it is. Their intention is not to screw over any of their customers any more than they have to.
     
  11. Mar 7, 2008 #51 of 154
    bicker

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    Which is why it is so likely that they'll use the February 2009 date as cover for what they need to do, which is to clear up bandwidth so they can provide more HD channels.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2008 #52 of 154
    OvrrDrive

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    Just exactly what is your affiliation with the industry here?

    Pissed off customer?

    The MSO I work for is NOT planning on doing anything at all when the FCC takes back the airwaves. You can try conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory, but the cable companies are not causing this nor are they profiting from it.

    Just exactly what are you trying to prove?
     
  13. Mar 8, 2008 #53 of 154
    ciper

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    Exactly my thoughts. Cable companies DO plan to use this to their advantage.... by getting more customers to purchase cable rather than a "new tv."

    Shoot, the local cable company here doesnt even broadcast the 2-99 channels digitally yet.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2008 #54 of 154
    bicker

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    None.

    Satisfied customer, and often I find myself defending the industry from truly baseless attacks. Just ask around.

    I cannot account for your inability to recognize my comments as impartial.
     
  15. Mar 9, 2008 #55 of 154
    ZeoTiVo

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    yah, this is a 180 from Bicker's usual position. Heck I though he was a cable industry rep of some sort when I first "debated" with him over cable cards.

    So this is just his own thoughts on the matter even though I as well disagree with Bicker on this one.
     
  16. Mar 9, 2008 #56 of 154
    jondar

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    Yeah, right. RCN has already turned off analog in some of the Chicago market, and expects to rollout the change to the rest of their markets over the next few months. When this hits us, I can expect to pay an additional $36/month for 6 boxes if I want to keep all the functionality I have now (3 lesser used TV's and 3 TiVos, 1 of which is a DT which will end up with only single tuner functionality.) Not to mention that they're deploying DCT700s, which means IR only, no serial control.

    Assuming you could actually buy cablecard ready set top boxes somewhere, no one I know has been able to get RCN to commit to saying you can use them with their network, pointing at network compatibility issues.

    They can tout the "more bandwidth means more HD" line, but if they really weren't out to screw the customers, they'd be leaving at least the basic network tier in analog so Grandma's TV and those in lesser used rooms don't go totally dark.
     
  17. Mar 9, 2008 #57 of 154
    bicker

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    There are people who completely disagree with you about that. They consider "wasting bandwidth" on analog basic service to be "screwing the customers" ... just "screwing" different customers.
     
  18. Mar 11, 2008 #58 of 154
    RaGINaR

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    Mine is on it's way :). Should be here Friday!!!

    Get this, my Dish receiver crapped out this weekend. They wanted 15 dollars to ship me a new one... Guess it's a sign to switch back to cable? :)

    Can't wait!
     
  19. Mar 11, 2008 #59 of 154
    blog

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    Mine gets here today.

    Not sure what I'm going to do with it at first.
    TWC (Austin) can't come out to install my cablecards (they insisted I need 2) til next monday.

    I'm kind of cheesed about the whole SDV mess. But i guess i should have done my homework before jumping in and impulse buying one from woot.
     
  20. Mar 11, 2008 #60 of 154
    Eccles

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    Mine shipped yesterday, and is on the FedEx truck for delivery today! I love living just down the highway from Woot World Headquarters. :)
     

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