Tivo Basic Service in a Standalone Unit?

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  1. AnthonyJS

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    I see companies are planning products that incorporate Tivo Basic Service in them (e.g. Toshiba's PS DVD player w/ Tivo). I was wondering if anyone knew if any manufacturers are planning standalone units that only have the hard drive and Tivo Basic Service? Or will I never see my ideal VCR replacement?!? [​IMG]
     
  2. Brian L

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    Note sure what your ideal product is.

    All current Tivos have some sort of Tuner, be it OTA or satellite, plus they will accept an external A/V source. My older Sony 2000 is used with cable (for locals) and DTV via an S-Vid connection. In essence my current box matches your ideal, plus there is an RF tuner in there.

    I am also not sure what Basic Service entails, but I suspect it simply the standard Tivo functionality that has existed since day one, minus the Home Media stuff.

    If you are envisioning a Tivo without having to pay for Tivo service, I don't see that happening, but there are other HD recorders that work just like VCRs, and some use other guide data sources (Gemstar, etc.).

    That may be more what you have in mind, but you give up virtually everything that makes a Tivo a Tivo (extended guide data, search capability, season passes, etc.).

    I have read a few posts from people that just don't see the point of paying for all that. Fair enough and to each his own. I can say though that Tivo changes the way you watch TV in a profound way.

    It is the only piece of gear in my A/V system (which includes DVD, DVD-A, SACD, HDTV, etc.) that my wife would NOT let me get rid of.

    BGL
     
  3. AnthonyJS

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    Brian - what I'm looking for is a hard-drive and TV tuner in an A/V component-sized box! Our TV viewing habits do not warrant spending $250 (minimum) for a Tivo/ReplayTV unit and then $300 (or $13 a month) for service. If I truly felt that I would get all the benefits of a full-blown Tivo or ReplayTV I would already own one! During new TV season, the wife and I tape 1 or 2 shows per week to watch back on Friday night. I do not keep anything I tape. I'm just tired of dealing with tapes and looking for something that gives me better quality video than VHS. A DVD recorder would be the next step but again, $400 and now I have to deal with discs (of course, it does solve the video quality issue). As for Tivo Basic Service, from what I've read, it is Tivo without the program guide, etc. It still lets you pause live TV though.

    I would imagine that I'm not alone as far as who this would be ideal for...

    Tony
     
  4. Michael Reuben

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    For a description of TiVo basic service, go here.

    Never say never, but I don't think you'll see this stripped-down version of TiVo in a basic HD recorder anytime soon. It was created specifically for combo products, and as noted in the CNet article, TiVo won't be collecting a monthly fee from the enduser for the service.

     
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  6. Mike Voigt

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    Go find one of the older models on e-bay. They will still work, and if you ever choose to upgrade to the full deal, great. Plus, at that point, you're no longer staring over $500 in the face...

    That being said, they do not record a lot, but they will give you the functionality...
     
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    Tivo 'Basic' sounds like worthless crap to me.

    (I own two Tivos and a Replay).
     
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