It looks like the remaining stock of single-tuner Series2 units is being blown out, effectively for free. Since the S2DT and S3 are out, who would want a single-tuner S2? Well, the S2 supports NTSC antenna, while the S2DT does not. Sure, the S3 does, but that’s $600 at best currently. If you are a DirecTV or Dish Network user, then you have to control an external satellite receiver. The S3 doesn’t support satellite. The S2DT will – but it only supports one external device. So why pay more for the S2DT when the S2 will provide the same support for your satellite receiver? If you live an an area with all-digital cable, then the S2DT is also reduced to being a single-tuner unit with the cable box, and the S2 can do that as well. So there are situations where the single-tuner S2 is perfectly good at getting the job done. Sure, the S2′s hardware is a bit slower than the S2DT’s, but it is fine for most users – and free is good.
TiVo is offering refurbished boxes for free with a one-year service commitment.
Amazon is selling them for $170, with a $170 rebate – free after rebate. (And if you buy via that link, you support the site.) You can select any of the service options.
The blog Troy on TiVo reports that Best Buy has a similar deal for a kind-of-free TiVo. Buy the TiVo for $220, with a $170 rebate, and get a free $50 Best Buy gift card. So the TiVo is really $50, with a free $50 towards something else. So if you can use the $50 at Best Buy anyway – effectively free. Otherwise use the Amazon option, support the site, and get a simpler deal.
While I’m at it, note that Amazon has the TiVo Wireless G USB Network Adapter for $45, compared to $60 from TiVo.com. Same thing, better price.