I was really buying a little time since I had a couple of hiccups getting my full review up and ready to go.
As with the Series3 review I did last fall, I’ve reviewed the new TiVo HD. And, as with the S3, I took a large number of photographs of the unit, inside and out. There were certainly some surprises inside the unit, which should fuel quite a bit of speculation.
Speaking of speculation, some of the past speculation was on the mark – but some of it was off target.
From the TiVoCommunity.com post:
Unconfirmed Series3 “Lite” Specifications (TCD652160)
- BCM740x DVR CPU w/ integrated MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoders
- 1x dual MPEG-2 encoder (BCM7041 or possibly an encoder from LSI)
- 2x Samsung S5H1411-based tuners (analog/QAM/8VSB)
- 128Mb DDR SDRAM
- 160Gb SATA HD
- Smaller, lower-cost PCB
- Cheaper power supply
- No THX certification
- No OLED display
- Standard Tivo remote
- $299 MSRP
The CPU is correct – a BCM7401, the unit does have 128MB of RAM, and a 160GB SATA drive. The board is new and lower cost, as well as the power supply. No THX certification, no OLED display, an S2-style remote, and the $299.99 price point.
However, the speculation on the tuners and encoders missed the mark – read the review to see what’s really in there.
WeaKnees and DVRupgrade are already offering the TiVo HD for pre-order. Both the basic 160GB unit for $299, as well as expanded units, up to 1TB. It looks like DVRUpgrade has better pricing on the larger models, and purchasing from DVRupgrade through these links supports the site.
Dave Zatz has posted the new boot video to YouTube.
As always, if you activate a new TiVo, the TiVo Rewards Referral is appreciated.