Registered: Oct 2000
Location: Nashville, TN
Originally posted by Dennis Wilkinson
As I suggested earlier, you could just bundle the dongle of choice with the box as part of the cost of the box. More SKUs to manage for TiVo, Inc., but it eliminates the "now I have to go and buy a what?" reaction for the end user.
That being said, if TiVo can ship a box that does it all, wired, wireless, without increasing the price, I wouldn't have a problem with that..
Why add a dongle to the box, much cheaper to add to the MB. Keep the USB for wireless and whatever else you want to add but I think they should include the ports for enet and modem for ease of use.
However TiVo is apparently in the cost saving mode so saving $1 on each box in liu of some percentage of consumers paying $44 + $5 shipping (price of USB dongle from TiVo ) is apparently a good decision for them...
My unsubstantiated opinion is that the cost of adding enet to every box is less than the total cost consumers pay to add the USB dongle to those that do so. Enet is very standard and is not going to change soon. And 10meg is plenty for TiVo although 10/100 would be cheaper to add..
I don't think adding wireless to every box is a good decision, the standards are still changing, speed, frequency, encryption, etc. The OEM cost is also fairly high still and likely comes with additional governmental testing costs. With my expectation of the low penetration of wireless I think unlike enet, the overall cost is cheaper with consumers footing the bill for the extra parts.
HPNA has such a low penetration it doesn't make sense to add to every box either.
Finally with Enet built in you could simply add a bridge to wireless or HPNA so that all your Home entertainment center devices (Xbox, playstation, standalone MP3 player, Inet streaming stereo, etc, could all plug up to a single hub/switch and then bridge the group to wireless or HPNA to the other systems in your house or Internet access.
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