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TiVo Series3 Lite info leaked to the world and then retracted

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 17th 2007 7:48PM
TiVo Series3 Lite
The TiVo "Series3 Lite" must be ready to ship soon, because info on the new $300 unit showed up on a bunch of retailers web pages today, only to be withdrawn. But if you search Google for "TCD652160" and then check the cached results, you can still find a few juicy details about the new HDTV TiVo box.
  • Records two HD channels at once
  • Has a 160GB hard drive for recording 20 hours of HD or 180 hours of standard programming
  • Support for 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i resolutions
  • Record Digital Cable (CableCard) or analog (ATSC/NTSC/QAM) sources
  • No THX certification
  • No OLED display
  • Standard TiVo remote
The main reason this unit seems to be $400 cheaper than the standard TiVo Series3 is that it uses cheaper parts. I doubt TiVo plans to replace the high end version with this cheaper model. It's just not as classy looking all around. But you could buy a Series3 Lite (probably not its official name), upgrade the hard drive, buy a Series3 remote, and rent a whole lotta movies from Amazon Unbox for less money than it would cost to buy a Series3.

Hopefully today's leak means these boxes will be ready to ship within a matter of days or weeks. At the very least, I think it's a safe bet that we'll see the Serie3 Lite hit the shelves sometime this summer.

[via HDTiVo Blog]

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Brad Linder

If you follow the link, you'll see a list of all the components. If correct, the Series3 Lite will use some different parts than the Series3.

While I'm not sure that every model number used in the new box is cheaper than those used in the original Series, the redesigned box, the omission of OLED, the fancier new remote control, and the substitution of parts led me to the conclusion that TiVo is cutting a few corners in the parts department.

July 18 2007 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do you exactkly mean by "cheaper parts"? The NON THX just means it isn't certified (no license fee) doesn't mean any lessor sound. Or do you mean the chipsets are cheaper?

July 18 2007 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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