Series3 to be $799!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by dolfer, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. TexasAg

    TexasAg New Member

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    Feel free to go use the wonderful DVRs that cable offers. You have a wide selection - the bad Motorola, the worse Motorola, or the horrible Scientific Atlanta (all of which make "watching TV only" barely tolerable). Which would you like?

    For me, I'm dying for the S3 - even the wife is sick of the Motorola DVR from Verizon and is almost to the point where $800 sounds OK!
     
  2. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    That says it all.

    I also have a Comcast DVR, but only use it for backup purposes, since it's not that reliable.

    At least you'll have a chance to come back to Tivo when Comcast releases the Tivo software option early next year.

    I've been waiting for the Series 3 ever since I bought my new HDTV last Christmas - the other HD DVR options are just a tease and still far less reliable or easy to use than Tivo.
     
  3. Jazhuis

    Jazhuis New Member

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    Well, Tivo themselves have admitted that the S3 is being pushed towards "high-end" users for now (read: gadget addicts who have some money to burn), which isn't too off, since HDTV's are still kind of "high-end" overall. But it obviously isn't for everyone (right now...maybe after the inevitable price drops).

    I fall under the "bizarre principle" group, where the resistance to cablecard by the cable companies just makes me want to use it because it annoys them. ;)
     
  4. chandler1818

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  5. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

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    Ya know, there are HDTV's that are like $600, why did you decide to buy one that is $2000+?

    Could it be that it's a better set, and will be more enjoyable than a $600 one?

    -smak-
     
  6. shady

    shady Previously European TCF Club

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    How funny, we call ours the crapcast box :)
     
  7. dcomiskey

    dcomiskey New Member

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    Agreed with those poo pooing this price. I think it's absolutely ABSURD and think Tivo is going to sit there and hear crickets waiting for people to buy a S3 box for that amount of $$. Hell, I can plunk down $200 for an EyeTV for my Mac and record in HD. I'll do that WAY before I'd consider buying a S3. In fact, even if I had loads of $$ to spare, I wouldn't spend that much for it. Bad, bad move.
     
  8. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Good...that means it'll be just that little bit easier and sooner for me to get my S3.
     
  9. etsolow

    etsolow Don't Try

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    LOL. People here are clamoring for the chance to buy one or even two of these. We're certainly not representative of the general public by any means, but I think you're overstating the impact this price point will have.
     
  10. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Hell, why do pay people pay more for anything premium?

    If you are the type of person that always buys the cheapest cell phones, the cheapest TVs, the cheapest cars, the cheapest cell phones, the cheapest computers, and the cheapest clothing/shoes, then the Series3 is probably not for you.
     
  11. Rolander

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    Can I borrow $800?
     
  12. Cormode

    Cormode New Member

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    $800 is in line with tivo pricing.

    In 1999 the 14 Hr tivo was $999 - in 1999 dollars! By 2001 it was under $300.
     
  13. etsolow

    etsolow Don't Try

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    What cost $999 in 1999 would cost $1139.38 in 2005.

    Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2005 and 1999,
    they would cost you $999 and $875.91 respectively.


    From http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
     
  14. jeffrypennock

    jeffrypennock Member

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    (said in slightly hysterical tone) Well, has the general public spent years in a love affair with their TiVo only to be forced onto a SA8300 HD, because that's what's EXCLUSIVELY driving my desperation to purchase. I don't have an extra $1k laying around...not even close! I just got my student financial aide check and let me tell you, a larger fraction of it than I would like is going to be spend on this S3 but that damn SA8300 is HUGE annoyance. It's annoying when I'm using it (because it sucks) and it's annoying even when I'm not watching TV (because it's probably not recording what it's supposed to be recording...because it sucks!)!!
     
  15. TiVoMonkey

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    I always wonder if people that say these things about the "other DVR's" have ever actually used them, or cannot look at them objectively at all.

    I have used Scientific Atlanta DVR's with Passport for the last 3 years, because I've wanted dual tuner recording and HD recording and do not want DirecTV.

    I've had problems, sure, usually just requiring a reboot. Problems I've had with TiVo also require a reboot. And the number of reboots are pretty similar, which is not many for either.

    I can setup "season passes" that get all new espisodes with no issues. I can do almost everything that I can do with my TiVo, except Wishlist style searching, and guide data on the SA is only out to 1 week instead of 2 weeks.

    The guide data thing is honestly my only complaint, because networks tend to advertise shows far enough out, that I can't setup a recording, especially since I can't setup a recording for next Thursday tonight.

    But does it make TV barely tolerable? Hardly.
     
  16. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

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    Make sure to buy all your stuff before you aren't and you do.
     
  17. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    so you can hook that up to cable and record two HD programs at once?
     
  18. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

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    And TiVo's been adopting the cell phone business model. :D
     
  19. jeffrypennock

    jeffrypennock Member

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    I definitely have and use the equipment I say I have and use. My SA 8300 HD DVR is most certainly what I'd characterize as very unpleasant, barely tolerable. It almost (but maybe not quite...I'm not sure) takes away all of the additional pleasure I gained when I upgraded to HD. And I'm not the only person I know who feels this way. You have GOT to at least be running different software on your SA machine if it's the same machine at all.
     
  20. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

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    Exactly. This is a premium product for a larger price than a non-premium product.

    What's so new about that?

    Couldn't I go to one of a dozen boards like this about products and say.

    "I can't believe xxx is charging xxx for xxx. nobody's going to pay that price when they can get xxx for xxx."

    I can think of dozens of things to fill in the blanks, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, Mercedes etc..

    Why do people pay for business class when coach does the same thing?
    Why do people pay $1500 for a fridge when they can get basically the same thing for $300.

    Viewing moving pictures on a box in my living room can cost $100? Why did i spend $3000?

    -smak-
     

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