The TiVo HD can record up to 20 hours of HD video or 180 hours of standard definition television. Of course, you need to factor the price of a monthly, annual, or product lifetime service plan. Those subscription fees quickly add up and wind up costing more than the unit itself. But it's always nice to save a few bucks up front.
[via TiVo Blog]
Like its siblings in the Slingbox family, the Slingbox AV lets you stream media over the internet. That means you can plug the Slingbox AV into your home cable box, TiVo, or other audio/video equipment and then watch live or pre-recorded video on an internet-connected computer or mobile device.
The Slingbox AV is one of the cheapest models available. You can only plug in one audio/video device at a time using the S-Video or composite inputs. This box also does not support HD video. If you're looking for HD, you either need an adaptor or the Slingbox Solo. If you want multiple inputs and/or HD video, you should check out the Slingbox Pro. But if you're just looking to save money and stream content from your TiVo to your mobile phone, today's a good day to buy.
If you happen to be shopping for an HDTV and a TiVo HD, Amazon has a deal that could let you kill two birds with stone. Or you know, two digital media products with one credit card payment. Here's how it works. You order both a TiVo HD and a qualifying Samsung HDTV and when you get to checkout, the cost of the TiVo HD should disappear.
The offer's only good through June 9, and the deal is limited to three TiVo HDs per customer. So if you were planning on buying 4 flat screen televisions for $1000+ a pop, it looks like you'll have to pay for the TiVo box to go with that fourth unit.
This USB tuner plugs into your PC via a USB 2.0 port and lets you watch or record NTSC or ATSC broadcasts. That means you can plug in an analog or digital antenna, or connect an analog cable, vcr, dvd player, or other device. The tuner comes with a remote control, a portable antenna, and a USB extender cable.
It also comes with the Pinnacle MediaCenter software for PC. But by all reports this software stinks and you should probably find your own PVR software like Windows Media Center, BeyondTV, SageTV, Media Portal, or GB-PVR.
If you're not familiar with Woot, it's an online retailer that sells just one item per day, and as soon as they sell out of that item, it's gone. So this deal ain't going to last.
If you sign up for a 1 year monthly plan, you can also use the code 3FREEHD to get 3 months of free service.
Gyration makes a line of wireless remote controls and mice that attempt to solve this problem by letting you move a cursor across the screen by waving your hand. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a Wiimote, but Gyration's been in this business longer than Nintendo.
The Gyration GyroTransport mouse is actually one of the company's older models. It's since been replaced with an improved version with a few extra features. But the retailers that carry the GyroTransport mouse still sell it for $80 or more. So when I saw that Woot had it for $35 today, I thought I'd pass along the news. If you're not familiar with Woot, the company sells just one item per day, at a deep discount. When it sells out, it's gone. So if you're in the market for a motion-sensing wireless mouse, you might want to pick yours up quickly.
- The $16.95 monthly fee drops to $12.95
- Get a year of service for $129 instead of $179
- Pay $249 for two years instead of $279
- A 3 year service contract will cost you $299, which is the same price the company's charging now
If you're not familiar with Woot, it's a site that sells one item per day, usually at a deep discount. The company recently partnered with Yahoo! to offer a separate daily item, at sellout.woot.com.
Don't expect a fancy $50 Series3 style remote for your money. In fact, you're not even getting a standard Series2 remote. Instead Woot is selling a DirecTiVO remote. For all practical purposes, that just means you have a DirecTV logo where you'd normally see a TiVo logo. The remote will work just fine with any Series2 or Series3 TiVo. And tomorrow it will be gone.
[via TiVo Lovers]
Here's how it works. Just visit an online retail site with a good price on the Series2. Buy.com is selling it for $139 right now. Then fill out this form for a $170 rebate. TiVo will send you a check for $170 after you sign up for service. You might rightfully point out that this isn't quite "free," since you will need to commit to a service plan. But that $31 should cover most of your first 2 monthly bills, and it will go even further if this is the second or third unit in your household.
[via TiVo Blog]
But in general, TiVo ain't in the business of offering lifetime service plans anymore. You just can't raise the same kind of money that way as you can with monthly or yearly service plans.
So that's why it's both surprising and pleasant to find that TiVo is letting customers transfer lifetime service plans again. This time, if you pick up a new 80-hour dual tuner Series2 box, you can transfer your service plan from your Series1 or Series2 box for $300. That includes the price of the new unit.
In order to qualify, you have to have activated your lifetime service plan before June of 2003. The offer ends July 23rd.
[via Zatz Not Funny]
The offer's not available at TiVo.com yet, but you can find all the info, as well as the rebate form (pdf) at DVRupgrade.
Since this is a rebate, not a discount, you should be able to apply it to any Series3 TiVo you pick up from a TiVo reseller. For example, if you pick up a $600 unit from Amazon, you would be able to get a Series3 for about $400. That's assuming Amazon doesn't raise its price this week.
[via TiVo Lovers]
The HDHomeRun is a dual ATSC/QAM digital tuner that can be connected to your home network via ethernet. That means any PC on your network can access its tuners.
The Gyration remote control is both a standard media center remote control and a mouse-away-from your mouse. You can use the remote to control an on-screen cursor by moving the remote through the air. It's great for accessing web content and other material that isn't designed with a 10-foot interface from the comfort of your sofa.
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For $499.99 you can pick up a Series3 TiVo plus a wireless TiVo adapter. No need to fill out any silly rebates, and there's free shipping included. That's $360 worth of savings.
The offer is only good through April 30th. But now that TiVo's starting to offer discounts on Series3 units, I think it's fair to say there'll be another promotion along soon. The company almost always has one rebate offer or another available for Series2 boxes.
Speaking of which, the latest Series2 deals include a free wireless adapter with an 80-hour single-tuner box or a 180 hour dual-tuner box for $70 or $120 respectively.
But the gift card can only be applied toward future purchases. So it's only free if you plan on buying $50 worth of items from Best Buy in the future.
The promotion is listed in Best Buy's weekly ad, so it could be gone soon.
[via Troy on TiVo]
While Amazon has dropped the base price of the high definition TiVo from $800 to $660, you need a $170 rebate to take you the rest of the way. And when you click on the rebate, you get a notice saying that it is not valid for Serie3 units.
I'm going to chalk this one up to someone at Amazon misreading the rebate for now, rather than maliciously trying to lure customers into buying a TiVo with unrealistic promises of a low price. But I could be wrong.
Update: It looks like Amazon has discovered the mistake and removed the rebate. Still, $660 isn't a bad price for the Series3.
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