You're close. The 16GB DVR+ retailed for $249. Add a $50 HDD and you were right at $299.
Some of the DVR+ sellers on eBay are asking for even more than retail. I see one with a starting bid of $275 and a "buy it now" price of $600! (Edit:
To be fair, they are including a 3 TB HDD. No word on whether said HDD was formatted to its full 3 TB capacity with 124R firmware.) Another is asking $349 "or best offer." Neither have any bids.
But one DVR+ has been bid up to $201.50, and that doesn't count $37.25 S&H! Since that S&H is obviously inflated, that one's likely to go for pretty close to full retail once the bidding ends tomorrow PM.
Other DVR+'s on eBay look cheap now, but are new listings. Most eBay auctions don't really heat up until the last day or two.
Originally Posted by Greasemonkey
It would be nice if there was a "Last Man Standing" twist, where another company picks up the ball, re-brands it and launches DVR+ 2.0, with all the bug fixes and feature requests that fell on deaf ears.
Interestingly, that's how CM got into the DVR business to start with. They took an OTA DVR that was being sold by Dish Network (of all people) that Dish decided to stop selling, bought the rights to it, slapped their own brand on it, and sold it as the CM-7000Pal.
So it'd be poetic justice if someone picked up the DVR+. It'd probably be tougher than CM had it though. As you know E* sold the division that made its firmware to Dish; it's likely that Dish isn't interested in any more development. So even if it happens I wouldn't count on any major new features.
But for the right price, Dish could probably be persuaded to release a firmware version for whoever sells a rebranded DVR+, that moved the guide server again (just as they did for CM with 135R). CMTV is probably a goner (no big loss) but I could see an updated Sling app integrated into the guide, as with AirTV. (Note: even if that happened, existing DVR+ owners shouldn't count on the new DVR's firmware being loadable on their DVR+. The new seller would have no reason to release their firmware version as a downloadable file. It'd probably be like 115R.)