The new TiVo is out! Well, sort of.

TiVo releases a new box, but it's not a Series 3. Sigh, what's taking them so long. I need my TiVo + HD + Java fix.
Written by Ed Burnette, Contributor

TiVo sent me email today about a new "Early release" offer, and I thought "Finally, the Series 3 is out!"...

But alas, it's only an 80 hour Java enabled dual-tuner series 2, with built-in wired Ethernet. Wireless Ethernet (who wants to run wires anymore?) is $50 more, and service starts at $19.95 a month. Yawn.

TiVo Series2 DT DVR

Can someone explain to me why it has taken so many years for the Series 3 to be released? Series 3 will have two critical features that many competitors already have - the ability to record from digital cable, and the ability to record high definition TV.

I've stuck with TiVo for so long because:

  • Their interface is extremely useable,
  • They keep adding new features to it (it's not a dead platform),
  • It supports an open interface for server-side Java programs, and
  • I purchased a lifetime subscription years ago (muahaha).

I have two TiVos, one in the living room, and one in the bedroom, connected with WiFi. Generally I've been very happy with it but the wait for digital cable and HD has been frustrating. Especially after having purchased a nice 70" rear-projection Sony TV almost 2 years ago, with nothing good except some rabbit-ear OTC HD to show it off. My local cable provider would be happy to sell me a DVR, but user reviews have scared me off of it. Why can't I have my TiVo cake and eat cable HD too?

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