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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall 178

Posted by timothy
from the are-there-even-six-bladed-razors-yet? dept.
WebGangsta writes "The rumor mill continues to grow closer and closer to reality, as The Verge is reporting the upcoming SERIES 5 TiVo will have 6 tuners, support OTA recording (an old TiVo feature being brought back), storage beyond the 2TB limit, and more. While some would say that TiVo today is nothing more than a Patent Holder (albeit a successful one), there's still a market for a cable box that doubles as a streaming player. Is hardware the future of TiVo, or should they go and just license their software to all? And don't get us started on those 'TiVo Buying Hulu' or 'Apple/Google buying TiVo' rumors... that's a different story for a different day."
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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

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  • by fruity_pebbles (568822) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @08:58AM (#44038319)
    "M" CableCards can decode 6 streams. You'll need only one for a Tivo with 6 tuners.
  • by rjr162 (69736) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @08:59AM (#44038325)

    Ah okay I figured it out.. they mean ONLY digital connections on the unit its self, NOT just OTA digital only (so no RCA connectors etc). I think the line I quoted above could have been stated that a little better

  • Re:this just in (Score:4, Informative)

    by Holi (250190) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @09:38AM (#44038647)

    This just in, you can't get a 6 tuner card for your MythTV Box. Hell good luck getting the Ceton 4 tuner card working at all.

  • Re:this just in (Score:4, Informative)

    by dead_user (1989356) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @09:55AM (#44038835)
    Tell me. I have a Ceton 4 USB sitting in the box because COX decided to turn the Copy Never flag on for EVERYTHING. Fuckers.
  • by no_such_user (196771) <jd-slashdot-20071008&dreamallday,com> on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @10:24AM (#44039121)

    Dear Tivo,

    1) Lower your damn prices already! You'd have people beating down the doors if you'd lower your monthly fee to $5/month, and you'd still be making good money to boot!
    2) Stop treating your old customers as second-class citizens! The old Tivos work just fine, so why aren't you porting new features to these units? Even UI/UX improvements which take negligible CPU or memory usage are never implemented. Sure, there are a lot of lifetime account holders, but you're still collecting monthly fees on some of these, right?
    3) Integrate the "tuning adapter" for switched digital video to inside the Tivo. The fact that I need such a thing in the first place is ridiculous.
    4) Lower your damn prices already! $60 for a wireless G dongle? $90 for an N wireless bridge?! C'mon!
    5) What's the deal with CableCard, anyway? Are cable companies going to continue to support this? What about users of IP-based services, like AT&T's U-verse?
    6) Don't get me started on copy-protection...
    7) Lower your damn prices already! $5/mo -- it's worth repeating!

    Thanks,
    Me

  • Re:"Patent Holder"?! (Score:3, Informative)

    by jedidiah (1196) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @10:59AM (#44039427) Homepage

    The user experience of Tivo is nothing special. While it manages to beat the attempts of entrenched monopolies, that is no special feat. If Tivo has the appearance of being good, it's mainly because they are a patent troll and have chased potential rivals out of their immediate market.

    After a few months of using MythTV, my users didn't want to have anything to do with Tivo anymore.

    For the younger crowd, the entire PVR concept is simply behind the times. They've moved on to options that are fully on demand.

  • by evilviper (135110) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @11:29AM (#44039793) Journal

    5) What's the deal with CableCard, anyway? Are cable companies going to continue to support this?

    The Federal Government and FCC says they will. So... yes they will.

    See the 1996 Telecom law, Section 629.

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