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|Originally posted by jleavens
Keep it to facts, folks. Replay's activated, deactivated, back to the store. Replay said this, Replay said that. That kind of thing.
|Originally posted by jleavens
It's an AP story, which means that it will be widely carried.
(Of course, last time AP carried a story about ReplayTV, they incorrectly announced that QuickSkip had been removed from the product...)
|I would agree with this...but then I ask myself this...how did they know to come to this site to post about the issue as a first time poster? I only ask this because one could conclude that they were here reading all along and knew what they were buying. Other then that...how did they know to come here right after?|
|Originally posted by Grosvenor
In the "Ethical Behavior" thread the David Bott said:
In my case I googled.
I have been thinking about a DVR for quite a while. TV is a very small part of my life. I have never bought a television costing more than $30. I have not had anything other than broadcast (with cheap rabbit ears) since I moved out of my parents house in 1986. I have gone years without a TV at all on several occasions. Still I wanted a DVR. I enjoy a couple shows but I'm not going to schedule my life around a TV show.
I saw the low price at techbargains and bought one. I got it for my parents. I had no idea what to get them for Christmas and this seemed ideal. My mom is always complaining about how the few shows she likes are on after her bedtime. Now that they have DirecTV it is even worse. Frasier starts two hours after she goes to bed.
I thought about it and decided to get one for myself too. I had been thinking about putting together a Shuttle box as a DVR/media center but for $150 I would rather buy off the shelf. Now I can watch Angel.
I thought the price was legitimate. I don't see that there is much to a DVR. I see the current DVR situation as being like routing (something I do know) was in the early 1990's. Back then if you wanted a router you bought a Sun box and rolled your own or you bought a cisco. They were expensive. They were complicated. Over time people developed ASICs and routing ceased to be the black art it once was. Now consumer routers are free after rebate.
I used to work for a (the?) patent attorney for TiVo. He seemed to think that the IP in a TiVo was something close to magic. Maybe he is right, but I don't see it. There are several open source projects that look pretty good. Give them another year or two and they should be near perfect.
From these forums it sounds like ReplayTV has not revised the hardware in a very long time. Judging by the specs I believe it. My understanding is that these things have cheap, slow MIPS chips. They have tiny hard drives. 10/100 NICs. The IP put into the software and UI have surely been made back. Dial up connections from iPass are cheap. If TitanTV can provide program listings free to the user then I have a hard time believing it costs ReplayTV that much to maintain their servers.
My assumption was that the new management had outsourced everything. Customer service went to Wipro (or someone), program listings to TitanTV (or someone), dial up to iPass. Now they want to get the old units out of the channel. That would give them a chunk of cash. Always a good thing to get out of an acquisition. At least that is what I would do if I were DNNA. Start figuring out how to sell my UI instead of TiVo's. Building hardware is a suckers game. Licensing is where the money is.
Now that I have looked into it I see the ReplayTV was a bad purchase for my parents. A DirecTiVo would have been much better. They are $100 and the service is only $5/month. For me the lifetime of one of these is 12-18 months. Two years at the most. From a hardware standpoint what we have now is barely useable. I look forward to changing channels without a "Please Wait" screen.
I seem to have digressed. What I wanted to say was "We Googled." I'm sorry we crashed your party. I was just looking for the people who know about ReplayTV.
|ReplayTV 5500 Series customers who have already purchased 3-year subscriptions to the ReplayTV Service under the previous pricing model will have their services automatically extended for the lifetime of the product at no additional charge.|
|Originally posted by Diode1
Would'nt it have been better for Replay not to make these statements at this given time when they found themselves in serious limbo with many of the green sticker three year service boxes being sold at $149?
This seems that it only added to the confusion along with administering further damages to themselves only to deal with at a later time.
|Originally posted by millwood
I mentioned that in my post earlier. yeah, it is a serious problem for rptv as they don't know how the whole thing would shape out to be. If they are obligated to provide free 3-yr services to those $149 units, it stands to argue that all those units will have to be upgraded to free life-time subscription.