Aussie TiVo to go on sale next week

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TiVo will be available for sale in Australia next week with a price of AU$700, after being beaten to the punch by Foxtel's new HD+ service by almost a month.

TiVo is expected to go on sale on 1 July 2008.

Harvey Norman executive director, David Ackery, told industry publication Current.com.au that the TiVo box will be available for sale on 1 July, beating media speculation of a mid-July release.

Ackery was unable to reveal the price of the box — which no longer attracts a monthly subscription — but the Australian Financial Review has quoted "insiders" as saying it will sell for AU$700.

The release of Seven's TiVo box is just in time for the company's HD coverage of the Olympic Games in August.

Seven originally planned to charge around $10 a month to cover licensing fees from TiVo and charge around $500 for the box, though this appears to have been scrapped. Seven will reportedly now pay a commission per box sold.

Foxtel's HD+ service officially launched on Sunday and is seen by many in the industry as the main competitor to the TiVo box.

The TiVo HD DVR box is available in the United States on a number of different plans, but the equivalent platform (lifetime service) is available for US$399. The model available locally likely differs from the States in that it won't be able to decode cable services like Foxtel.

Features of the Australian box are believed to include dual HD tuners, around 250GB HDD space (based on its ability to record 20 hours of HD content), HDMI connection and eSATA.

An Ethernet connection is expected to form a significant part of the box's capabilities with the ability to record remotely, port files across to a PC, and download additional movies and TV channels from the internet.

Representatives from Seven and Harvey Norman were unavailable for comment.



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spersephone posted a comment   

Well I bought mine yesterday from Harvey Norman after hearing about everyone buying them before they officially go on sale.

I LOVE IT!!!

It's exactly what I've been looking for, I'm exactly the demographic they are catering for, and I think it's wonderful.

I'm recording shows I wouldn't normally bother setting up my video for, because I'm used to carefully rationing out my 3 hour video tapes. I love the fact that I can record 2 things at once, although I cannot watch a 3rd live channel as there is no loopback aerial to the TV. I'm working on a way around this but it's not that big a deal. As I've loaded up the TiVo with more stuff, I can just watch something else I've previously recorded.

I am ecstatic with my purchase, I can't speak highly enough about it. The setup was easy, although I had to set up our network to read the MAC address of the wireless adaptor, but it didn't take too long at all.

 

spersephone posted a comment   

Well I bought mine yesterday from Harvey Norman after hearing about everyone buying them before they officially go on sale.

I LOVE IT!!!

It's exactly what I've been looking for, I'm exactly the demographic they are catering for, and I think it's wonderful.

I'm recording shows I wouldn't normally bother setting up my video for, because I'm used to carefully rationing out my 3 hour video tapes. I love the fact that I can record 2 things at once, although I cannot watch a 3rd live channel as there is no loopback aerial to the TV. I'm working on a way around this but it's not that big a deal. As I've loaded up the TiVo with more stuff, I can just watch something else I've previously recorded.

I am ecstatic with my purchase, I can't speak highly enough about it. The setup was easy, although I had to set up our network to read the MAC address of the wireless adaptor, but it didn't take too long at all.

 

samway posted a comment   

foxtel is a waste of time and money their not giving the customer any choice with their hd 5 channels and free to air in hd for an extra $25.00 a month with the remaining channels resoluting at 575 cmon fox wheres the value in that

 

bushman posted a comment   

Definately a waste of time for me! Where I live we can't even get digtal or HD yet! I'm a pensioner & can't afford the ridiculously high prices for pay t.v even b/band is a struggle! I guess Tivo is right out!

 

jim posted a comment   

Rip off, Bloody goddamned rip off. Whats that, Yeah Seven are stupid, especially if IF not even the ads are gonna be cut from the programs. FAIL lol

 

Apollogod posted a comment   

May I say to some of the earlier posts you are WRONG. All the features mentioned such as interface and in home streaming will not be features offered up front. They may and I stress may be offered some time next year. So for $700 you basically get a PVR and thats it!

No add skiping thanks Kerry.
No conectivity for movies because the Studios are concerned with piracy and no downloading.

Don't waste your time with this product. As for Fox HD which I do have installed I must say it has exceeded my expectations. As for next year when the new satelite goes up all the extra features that Fox hd offer will begin to work , cant wait.

 

Joey Jojo posted a comment   
Costa Rica

ALSO......."Australians will be able to fast forward through ads, but not totally skip. It will be a fast scan - you should be able to get
through an ad break in 30 seconds,"..........This is BS! No way will i be getting one!

 

Joey Jojo posted a comment   
Costa Rica

"Australians won't enjoy the ad-skipping features found in US TiVo, confirms Phil Dobbie - chief marketing officer of engin,
an Australian consumer VoIP provider part owned by the Seven television network. Seven will sell TiVo in Australia next
year through engin, to be available before the Beijing Olympics in August."

SEE HERE FOR MORE.... http://www.tivo.com.au/resources/press/07-09-13%20TiVo%20confirms%20high%20definition.pdf

 

steve posted a comment   

who wants to record crap on tv anyways? maybe if i was 70 years old an did nothing but stay home an watch tv

 

jscotth posted a comment   
Australia

As a long time user of the Series 1 Tivo I've been eagerly awaiting the Australian launch.

Over at http://www.incompletegamer.com we've just published 'Ten Reasons to Skip Next Months Tivo Launch in Australia'. On Monday we'll redress the balance with 'Ten Reasons to be First in Line'.


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