Hybrid TV's just sent me through a press release touting a "new" TiVo model, available exclusively at Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne for $699. But all is not what it seems. The new model, dubbed "Tivo XL" isn't much of a new model. It's the same old TiVo — we're now a couple of revisions behind the US when it comes to TiVo features — with an internal 1TB hard drive, rather than the standard 320GB. That equates, according to the press release, into 350 hours of SD (Standard Definition), or 150 hours of HD (High Definition) recording.
I really like my TiVo, and I suspect my kids would explode if it went away — but it's tough to get excited about a "new" model that's just a storage upgrade when the TiVo platform overseas offers so much more.