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Sorry if I missed the thread on this:
http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/05/tivo-announces-series-3-hd-tivo-due-this-year/

TiVo just announced their TiVo Series 3 HD Digital Media Recorder, with dual HD recording and 300 hours of recording space. The device supports dual CableCARDs, of the 2.0 or 1.0 a variety, so either way you can get dual signals, with one 2.0 card or two 1.0 cards. Of course you can still rock the analog cable, but you'll have more fun with digital cable or ATSC over the air. You can even go for some straight up NTSC over the air and relive your snow-filled childhood memories. They're also launching an external SATA drive to hold all this HD video you're going to be PVRing now through oh-so-many sources. The new box looks good, the new remote is backlit, those snazz download capabilities are still in force, and the good times should roll this year, so all is well in TiVo fandom.
 

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When you say the cable card costs $3/mo, is that on top of basic cable or can you just rent the cablecard and nothing else? Any Comcast customers, what does cablecard and basic cost you?
 

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BigJimOutlaw said:
CableCARDs are cheaper than renting a cable box. My cable co leases them for $3/mo.

They give me the option to buy, but I'd rather lease it just in case they update them (version 2).
It depends on your cable provider: Comcast charges $15 for a cable-card...the exact same amount as having a box. Mind you, they try their damndest to hide the fact that they even support cable-cards, so that's no suprise.
 

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Well it looks like the hard part (technically) is done.

Nice, now all Tivo needs to do to win me over from D* is:

1. Release a similar box with everything except the HD tuners to replace my SD Directivos
2. Come up with a pricing model that works for me. I have 2 HD and 5 SD DirecTivos. My cost is $4.99. With Tivo it would be around $55 I think.
 

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WizarDru said:
It depends on your cable provider: Comcast charges $15 for a cable-card...the exact same amount as having a box. Mind you, they try their damndest to hide the fact that they even support cable-cards, so that's no suprise.
What? Are you SURE about that. I've heard other people say Comcast charges nothing for CC. The average cost seems to be about $1.50.

I have Adelphia, soon to be Time Warner.
 

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mav63 said:
When you say the cable card costs $3/mo, is that on top of basic cable or can you just rent the cablecard and nothing else? Any Comcast customers, what does cablecard and basic cost you?
The rental cost is in addition to the charges for whatever level of cable services you are paying for. The current version of CableCards (1.0) do almost all of what set top boxes do except you can't order pay per view or video on demand services, and you don't get the on-screen cable guide that normally is available with a set top box.
 

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sp1dey said:
Never would I have imagined I'd be sitting here considering jumping back to Comcast... but D has until this thing is release to try and keep me. I'm even willing to absorb a cancellation fee.
I've got to agree with this.

That HR20 better show so serious moxie.
 

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sp1dey said:
Never would I have imagined I'd be sitting here considering jumping back to Comcast... but D has until this thing is release to try and keep me. I'm even willing to absorb a cancellation fee.
My thoughts precisely. I don't even need to absorb a cancellation fee.

The thought of Comcast is distinctly unpallatable, but I'm not seeing an option.
 

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90% of what I record is off the major networks. I could be tempted to leave D* and go with a series 3 and basic cable or even OTA (naaaa). My biggest hesitation with going back to an SA TiVo is the subscription. I hate it. But, with the amount of money the series three is going to cost, the lifetime subscription isn't that big of an addition. Then again, a cablecard PC tuner, and the possibility of a D* PC tuner, opens up a whole new world of possibilties. If the series 3 is ~$1k, plus the subscription, I would really lean toward MCE. It's going to be an interesting year.
 
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