Originally Posted by HDTimeShifter
Where is this Tivo for only $260? It's $299 from Tivo.com. Does the TivoHD have a built-in ATSC tuner?
The TivoHD has two NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners, as noted above. You can record any two combination of channels at once, while viewing a third, previously recorded program.
It will integrate analog channels, OTA digital (ATSC), and encrypted digital (QAM) channels from cable into the a single program guide. A cable subscription is not required; you can use the TivoHD as a dual-tuner DVR for OTA-only if you want. You pick and choose what channels you want to show up in the guide. Guide information and software updates are downloaded over the Internet using your broudband connection, or by phone if you don't have a broadband connection.
The MSRP is $299, but you can find 10-12% off Best Buy and $40-off-$199 Circuit City coupons at **************
The primary disadvantage of the TivoHD is the monthly fee. If you already have a Tivo, or a lifetime subscription to another Tivo, the TivoHD service costs $6.95/mo, which isn't bad at all. On the other hand, if you do not have a Tivo, then you've got to pay $12.95 month-to-month or prepay $300 for three years ($8.33/mo). Of course, you've got to consider that the hardware is sold at a loss at retail (retailers pay about $210 for the box) -- they make their money with the monthly fees.
This is roughly the same as a MythTV, however the TivoHD is limited to 20 hours HD storage - if I recall correctly, 1 hr. HD = 7 GB, so my 500 MB MythPC disk would allow 70 hours storage.
You can replace built-in 160Gb drve with your 500Gb disk, and then add another 500Gb (or larger) eSATA drive later this year.
Here are some pics of my TivoHD with a 750Gb drive.