Registered: Dec 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
I'm afraid I'm with Bryan on this. I remember a year ago when we were debating what the cost would be... some thought it would be around $1,200. I felt certain that it would have to come in at or under the $1k mark... I'd buy it at that price, but anything over that I thought was ridiculous. Well, a year has passed, and I'm pulling my offer! Now I even think $999 is too much. I was prepared for $699, and willing to spend it. But if it's really going to cost $1k, I'll sit it out till the price drops substantially. Which I hate, because I hate watching SD now that I've gotten used to HD, and I hate having to give up the convenience of TiVo to watch HD.
I know some of you are glad to read posts like this, because you think it will help you get one faster, but I really don't think it's going to make much of a difference. I don't remember a HUGE backlog for the series 2 boxes, and those were something everyone could buy, not just people with HD. I just don't think there are going to be so many people that will pay that kind of money for an HD box, that they won't be able to keep up with demand. There are just too many other options becoming available, and they will HAVE to price accordingly. I WILL pay a premium for a TiVo, over some free DVR like some cable companies are starting to roll out, but not $1k.
Competition is really starting to heat up in both DVRs and HD. I'll give them some time to make it available for a more reasonable price, but I think they're fools if it doesn't drop in price fairly soon. Fortunately, I don't think they are fools.
Right now, I'm so embarrassed to live in Georgia, all I know to do is laugh about it:
"I don't know how many of you have ever run over a skunk with your car. I have many times, and I can tell you, the stink stays around for a long time. You can take the car through the wash, and it's still there. So the scent of this Super Bowl halftime show will long linger in the nostrils of America." - Senator Zell Miller - Republocrat - Georgia
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