The good news is the feature list for set-top boxes should be increasing. Set-Top boxes should also become consumer electronics devices, sold and marketed to the consumer instead of video service providers.
Essentially the reason for the price hike is the FCC is finally enforcing previous rulings which push for user-marketed boxes, whereas the current market is setup so that the various cable companies select the boxes they want to allow their customers to use and only market those boxes to the consumer.
I love my DVR. It records so many wonderful shows, thus allowing me to watch them later, and skip through all of the commercials. The only complaint that I have with it is the fact that sometimes it runs out of room. Granted, it's probably my fault for setting it to record more shows than I can possibly watch. I keep telling myself I'll have more time one of these days.
Those Gizmodo boys - just when the weather is beginning to turn and get sunny, instead of playing outside with their friends they're inside downloading films from Amazon Unbox direct to their TiVo. Shame on you! Anyway, they've been good enough to write up the experience for us; basically NetFlix over your broadband, only with some tedious limitations
Engadget’s reader, Matt sent in a tip confirming the price on the Series3 is, indeed going to be $800. It’s possible that Popular Mechanics got the scoop or they jumped the gun. I doubt that the Series3 will ever be sold at MSRP – I’d say the top price is no higher than $600. Popular Mechanics and TiVo has not disclosed the launch date.
All I can say is it’s about time TiVo. The best of both worlds is coming soon to the Series 3 box allowing owners to enjoy TiVo service with high-definition television. Feel free to sign up for notification when the box is available.