Hybrid Television Services yesterday confirmed a new, limited edition 1 terabyte TiVo device will soon go on sale until stocks run out.
The updated TiVo – the largest in terms of storage space yet – will go on sale through Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne stores across Australia from November 12.
According to a statement yesterday by Hybrid Television – the Australian licensor of TiVo technology – the only significant change between the older TiVo and the limited edition TiVo XL is the storage, up from 320GB to 1TB that allows customers to store up to 350 hours of standard definition or 150 hours of high definition television.
Pricing for the limited edition TiVo will be $699 outright, with the smaller TiVo to be reduced to a price of $499.
It comes as some continue to question the commitment of Hybrid Television to the Australian market, with at least one prominent online blogger and many posters on forums site Whirlpool disappointed with the apparent lack of innovation by the company in recent times in the wake of increasing competition from the likes of Telstra with its T-Box and Optus’ forthcoming FetchTV box.
However former CEO Robbee Minicola, who now sits as a Director of Hybrid Television following her resignation in August this year, denied the claims to iTech Report earlier this year saying TiVo is still going strong in the local market and was the number one selling HD-PVR last year.
“I feel we are the lucky ones in this paradigm….outstanding brand, bloody good service, easy to use product, broadband content at your fingertips in the living room,” she said.
“Hybrid TV is, has been, and always will be committed to selling TiVo. We will remain committed to serving our customers with the TiVo service which includes a 7-day EPG service.”
Minicola also suggested at the time that TiVo was still on track to remain the number one HD-PVR this year as well.