Some folks at TiVoCommunity.com caught TiVo’s Teleworld broadcast this morning. The Teleworld broadcast is how TiVo gets video to the boxes for those TiVo Central promotions with the gold star or TiVo logo next to them. The box records them, but they don’t show up until later when the daily download triggers the new promotion.
Well, some folks caught the broadcast ‘live’ and it was Shanan promoting the new Series3, which is expected any day now. The big news – TiVo is going to offer a lifetime transfer from a Series1 or Series2 box for a one time fee of $199. PLUS they throw in a free year of service on the old box. So if you have a box with lifetime on it, you buy a new S3, pay $199 – and get lifetime on the S3 and another year on the old box. This is a limited time promo – you must purchase the S3 by 12/31/06, and transfer lifetime by 1/31/07. The catch is that the MSRP of the S3 is expected to be $799.99, so you’ll probably be paying a good price to be an early adopter and get the transfer. (Of course, I paid over $1000 for my Pioneer DVR-810H with lifetime because I jumped on it early too.) The URL http://www.tivo.com/VIP was given – but right now it is still pointing to an info sign up. It probably won’t be ‘live’ until the promo shows up officially.
A few other new details from the broadcast – the box is THX certified and the remote is a learning remote.