Dave Zatz on the Comcast-Motorola-TiVo

Zatz Not Funny!�Blog Archive � The Comcast-Motorola-TiVo @ CES Well I never did make it to the TiVo booth at CES. For the life of me I couldn’t find those guys anywhere and I lost an email that told me where they were ahead of time. Anyways, Dave Zatzman hooked up with them though and has a nice review on the Comcast TiVo.

It sounds like it’s pretty good and probably a preferable way to go for most people over shelling out the big bucks for the TiVo Series 3.

From Dave:

“First, as with the Series3: Better late, than never! The interface and functionality are somewhat different (having both pros and cons) than the current stand alone TiVo software and this will be the cheapest possible way to get a HD TiVo experience. The S3 has better hardware, larger storage (which can be expanded), and can be networked… BUT the Comcast TiVo will make sense for most folks (who are price sensitive and live in Comcast areas that provide Moto hardware).

So what will I do? I haven’t bought a second Series3… While I do like the one in the den, I can’t justify purchasing a second one at the current price ($650ish, plus monthly service fees) — especially without multi-room viewing, TiVoToGo, and eSATA storage functionality. So a Comcast-Motorola-TiVo will be a nice solution for our bedroom TV.

There’s probably also a story here about TiVo partnering with the likes of Comcast (and Cox) and developing Java software being necessary for their long-term financial well-being, even if stand-alone sales/service are partially cannibalized. But I’m tired, so maybe we’ll save this for my financial guru.”

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2 Comments

  1. Eric in SF says:

    I thought I’d read where there is *NO* broadband connection on the new Comcast TiVo unit. For those of us who do not have a landline at home, that’s a nonstarter.

  2. Dave Zatz says:

    Eric, I’m not exactly sure where you’re coming from… The Comcast-Moto-TiVo doesn’t use broadband or a landline. All the data comes over Comcast’s pipes, as with most cable boxes.