Friday, July 28, 2006

TiVo Series 3: coming soon, really

Could it be? TiVo HD in reality? I'll be ordering one as soon as they ship, as long as my cable company will let me use it with a CableCARD.

From Ars Technica:
7/19/2006 3:16:43 PM, by Ken Fisher
The much-anticipated TiVo Series 3 is one step closer towards making it out before the close of this year, as an FCC filing (PDF) reveals that the unit is already being tested in select markets, and that the CableCARD certification process is complete. The company is aiming for a release later this year, but pricing has not yet been announced. Based on the cost of the DirecTV HD TiVo, we estimate a launch price of at least US$600.
The Series3 marks the first truly significant hardware release from TiVo in years, as it combines the convenience of dual tuners (in practice) with the capability of recording HD (previously, only DirecTV customers could use a dual-tuner HD TiVo). To do this, the unit uses not one but two CableCARDs, although it can be configured to use only one card (with diminished capabilities as a result).

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