They have new models to be on dealer shelves this weekend.
"The ReplayTV 4500 will be available in four models, with different recording capacities and prices. The 40-hour DVR costs $450, the 80-hour $750, the 160-hour $1,250, and the 320-hour $1,750. The new DVRs will be the first units from Sonicblue to require a one-time $249 lifetime subscription fee for the service. "
The 40-hour cost of $450 is a bit high. The other models, with apparently only larger hard disks, seem way overpriced when you consider the cost of hard disks these days. Plus, REQUIRING an additional, manditory, $249 subscription fee brings the price way too high.
Be interested to know of any feedback from UTV owners who also get the new Replay TVs.
I wouldn't consider a Replay TV because I'm hooked on the dual tuner feature of UTV. Despite all of the added features, Replay TV still requires an analog source, which translates to lesser quality and single channel recording.
I agree with Keith.......The "40-hour DVR" would translate to probably 10 hours at best quality recording, which is what we're used to with our UTVs. That's one reason I never went with ReplayTV or Tivo. I briefly considered the DirecTivo since it too records the digital bitstream direct to the hard drive, but at the time, they didn't have both tuners functioning, so I went (thankfully) to the UTV.
A 40-hour ReplayTV should give you about 13 hours of high quality recording time. I have owned and upgraded several standalone Tivos, ReplayTVs, DirecTivos and UltimateTVs. Until ReplayTV started charging for a lifetime sub, I considered it to be the better unit with respect to the standalone Tivo. You will find defenders of both units pretty much equally divided as there are fanatic followers in both camps. As for the DirecTivo vs. UTV, I have only been using them for about a month now and I am leaning towards the UTV for everyday use. I think the Tivos still have the edge when it comes to setting up Season Passes but I don't mind setting up my recordings on a regular basis.
The DirecTivo is a hacker's dream when it comes to capabilities and unmatched features. I have just completed my first trials of burning DVDs using the extracted programs from my DirecTivo and they look absolutely as good as the original satellite feed. I haven't done much research on this forum but I get the impression that there is very little being done to try and extract the video from a UTV for burning to a DVD. If this could be done then it would really earn the moniker of "Ultimate TV."
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