I picked this up on alt.video.ptv.tivo – an article from C|Net – TiVo to offer rebate on recorders
Basically on Friday TiVo will be offering another $50 rebate on their standalone boxes. The article doesn’t mention the Toshiba or Pioneer boxes, but it *does* have some interesting wording.
The San Jose, Calif.-based company will announce on Friday $50 rebates on all three of its Series2 digital video recorders. Following the rebates, the 40-hour box will cost $149, the 80-hour $249 and the 140-hour box $349. The rebate offer is good from Feb. 27 to May 31 and doesn’t apply to DirecTV systems.
Notice anything interesting? It sounds like they let the cat out of the bag on a new 140 hour S2 box. Per hour that’s not bad – 40 – $3.73/hr, 80 – $3.11/hr, 140 – $2.49/hr. 140 hours is probably 137GB, the most the current 4.x S2 software can address (the 5.x software in the Pioneer units has LBA48). But since I’ve never heard of a 140GB HD, that’s probably a 160GB drive with unused space. That box could be a 160+ hour unit with a new kernel.