Back when TiVo was officially unveiled last year, there was a bit of disappointment that some of the key features, like sharing content with your home PC and movie downloads, wouldn’t be available straight away. Not only that, but TiVo users would have to pay extra to get them. While no firm figure was agreed upon, the term “tens of dollars” was quoted. Turns out, TiVo actually ment to say 20 tens of dollars, because they’re charging $199 for it.The list of added functionality is fairly extensive – you can share recorded content between TiVos in different rooms; stream music and photos from your PC or Mac to your TiVo; transfer recordings to your PC or home movies back to your DVR; and even transfer recordings to your iPod or other selected mobile phones or portable devices. But is is worth $199? Considering TiVo’s appeal comes from the fact that it’s relatively cheaply priced at $699, this brings the price right up to the $900 mark, excluding attachments like the wireless adapter.
On top of that, Mac users need a copy of Roxio Toast 10 Titanium in order to get the software to work, and at this stage it only supports streaming photos and music to your TiVo – not any of the other functions.
We’ve contacted TiVo for comment on the pricing structure and are waiting for their response. But this is exactly the kind of pricing that would turn me away from TiVo (if I didn’t have an iQ2 for the Super 14 and the Comedy Channel). What about you guys?