Retail Tivo Preview?

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  1. Nov 5, 2011 #1 of 107
    dritter29

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    Has anyone seen any rumors or suggestions that Tivo will release a retail version of the rumored Tivo Preview? I would love to be able to incorporate one or two of these into my home entertainment setup.

    Is there some way we can petition or let Tivo know that we (assuming it's more than just me) are interested in them bringing this device to the retail market?

    Thanks!
    Dave
     
  2. Nov 5, 2011 #2 of 107
    aadam101

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    Tivo doesn't care what customers think.
     
  3. Nov 5, 2011 #3 of 107
    dritter29

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    Okay... thanks?

    So that's one vote for the jaded Tivo hates us all camp.

    (this is rhetorical, no need to reply. I DO NOT want to turn this thread into some flame war about Tivo this or Tivo that.)
     
  4. Nov 5, 2011 #4 of 107
    djwilso

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    Well, I'll add a more positive comment.

    If TiVo sells the Preview, I will buy one. Depending on its specs, I would use it to completely replace my original Series 3 as I just got an Elite for my main viewing room.

    If the MRS works well when it gets enabled, I might even buy a regular Premiere instead for a second room. Not sure yet.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2011 #5 of 107
    danjw1

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    I sure hope so. It is what I am waiting for to switch to an Elite.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2011 #6 of 107
    Arcady

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    The preview sounds like a neat device, but I'll probably just end up with Premieres in each room.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2011 #7 of 107
    smbaker

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    Add my voted to aadam101's. :)

    I don't think Tivo hates us, but I'm pretty sure we're very low on their priority list. We're getting leftover scraps from Tivo's deal with the cablecos. If we see a retail Premiere, it will only be if the effort to transform it for direct retail sale is negligible.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2011 #8 of 107
    aadam101

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    I just want you to know that petitioning Tivo is a waste of time. They stopped caring about customers a very long time ago. I don't want you to get the wrong impression about Tivo by thinking that they are like most other companies. They have shown very little interest in what customers have to say. Even when they solicit feedback, it doesn't result in any changes. There is a reason why they are at their lowest subscriber counts in years.

    That being said, I hope they offer a retail Preview as well. I will definitely get one or two of them.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2011 #9 of 107
    El Gabito

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    I'm in if it comes and if I don't return my Elite.
     
  10. Nov 9, 2011 #10 of 107
    tvhank

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    I would like the Previews to replace all my cable company's set top boxes. (This thread should have been a poll instead.)
     
  11. Nov 9, 2011 #11 of 107
    rocko

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    I wonder what the subscription will cost? You didn't think you could just buy one?
     
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    BlackBetty

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    My guess is that it would have a $6.99/month sub or $199 lifetime.
     
  13. Nov 9, 2011 #13 of 107
    sbiller

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    TiVo doesn't hate us. Tom Roger's and the TiVo LT realized a number of years back that their only chance at a successful strategy was to embrace the cable operators. They've executed that strategy fairly well. The see the retail consumer as an important albeit less important element of that strategy.

    Tom Roger's discussed the TiVo retail strategy at their last conference call.

    The cost of transforming the Preview to Retail is very low. The legal costs of filing the FCC Waiver request plus the marketing and selling costs associated with adding another product into the product pipeline.
     
  14. Nov 9, 2011 #14 of 107
    aadam101

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    He can't possibly believe that! They have practically ran the retail division into the ground!
     
  15. Nov 10, 2011 #15 of 107
    sbiller

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    A bigger influence on the decline of retail is low-cost cable operator provided DVRs with discriminatory policies against customers furnishing their own equipment. No doubt there have been software execution blunders that haven't helped the situation. The release of the Elite to retail is evidence that TiVo hasn't abandoned retail. TiVo's legal actions with the FCC is additional evidence. Their retail strategy with Comcast and Cox require a compelling retail premium offering.
     
  16. Nov 10, 2011 #16 of 107
    aadam101

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    Whatever the reasons, they have done a terrible job at "controlling their own destiny."
     
  17. Nov 10, 2011 #17 of 107
    aaronwt

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    The problem is the cable company DVRs aren't low cost. In the last 4+ years with FiOS, I would have spent much more money renting their DVRs instead of using my TiVos. so i would have paid more and had fewer features. Which would have made having the FiOS DVRs even a much worse deal.
     
  18. Nov 10, 2011 #18 of 107
    innocentfreak

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    You forget though that FiOS constantly offers their DVR for free. October's offer was a free whole home DVR and HD STB for life.
     
  19. Nov 10, 2011 #19 of 107
    chrislemasters

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    I can imagine several uses for a Preview or two at the house - particularly if the specs are similar to the newer box (minus the hard drives). Plug one into a spare LCD PC monitor, for example.
     
  20. Nov 10, 2011 #20 of 107
    ajwees41

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    FIOS and cable aren't the same also cable company dvr's can do ondemand while tivo's can't yet.
     

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