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CES 2006 Video: TiVo Series 3 Video Interview, First Look

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  • TiVo isn’t dead because people know TiVo owns all.  I can get 100 different MP3 players but Apple is what I want even though more expensive.  Its because you know its quality.  I think this is going to save TiVo and I’ll be buying one as soon as preorder starts…

    posted by: Wolfeman · 1/11/06

  • Wow to the user above…

    It will be at least $600+.  The HD DirecTV Tivo was $1000, why would this be 1/5 of that price.  A 40 hour right now is $200 and this one has a lot more HD space and features.  Maybe it will eventually be $200 but it won’t start that way. 

    Google might be involved in the same way Yahoo! is right now.  Providing content and such but to make the leap that its going to have some secret Google OS is just insane.  And how the hell is Walmart going to manufacture it if they aren’t a manufacturer.  Is Walkmart going to build factories just so they can make TiVos?  LOL!  I have no idea where this Walmart thing is even coming from.  And lastly, just because they can’t disclose who will be making it doesn’t mean anything if they are still in active negotiations with the companies.  His body language makes me think he’s sick of answering the same questions a million times.

    At least you made me laugh today…

    posted by: Wolfeman · 1/11/06

  • We did talk to them about resolution - 1080i is the max.

    posted by: Andru Edwards · 1/11/06

  • I like that our interview is causing so much speculation and discussion. It should be noted that there were a few questions I asked on the video that I had already received answers to from a separate TiVo rep before going on camera.

    They were:
    A) Series 3’s shipping capacity. (On video, this is incorrect, but Pony corrected himself after we shot.)
    B) If you could (stupidly) downscale an HD recording to “basic” quality or some such. I was told yes, even though that made little sense, and didn’t think to confirm or deny before asking on camera. Pony’s answer is correct.
    C) Who will be manufacturing the new TiVo? The person I spoke to before Pony said they would be manufactured <em>by TiVo</em>. That’s the reason I asked about the manufacturers on camera.

    All your talk about Google acquiring TiVo is nothing new, and frankly, I’d welcome it. So long as Google knew what they were doing (and they usually do) as far as ad-placement and annoyance levels are concerned, it could bring some great features and low cost points to the model. (Think, no more monthly fees, if you opt-in to slightly more aggressive ads?)

    Meanwhile, TiVo’s recent inclusion of much partnered-with-Yahoo content shouldn’t be ignored… You can bet that TiVo would have to Ctrl+Z all that Yahoo stuff we’re seeing on our boxes if Google up and bought them…

    Time will tell, I suppose…

    posted by: Chris Cardinal · 1/12/06

  • The TiVo remote has undergone a redesign for Series 3. It keeps the traditional peanut shape and is now weighted to one side, with one side ribbed, so you can tell which end is up, even in the dark.

    posted by: Luckyschool · 6/7/06