Got chatting one day with my landlord and he was sold on the idea, he too went straight down and bought one the next day.
Then new neighbor moved in and got chatting about them again - took her down to Noel Leemings (she's a technoob) and they did not have any. So we took a look at the alternatives - flob all really. Expensive and very poor units and all had less of the features.
We got on a bit of a mission to find out what has happened - Tivo it seems has been discontinued. But the alternatives on the market are rubbish. I would never pay for sky, that and it is a rip off. But a $300 box like Tivo has been discontinued? Seems mad to me and nuts that a well priced feature rich and simple to use device is being discontinued while more expensive units give recorders a bad name.
So where can you still buy them from? Called clearance center and they have sold out. Only thing left is a gamble on Trademe - but they usually wont have a receipt as they are mostly Telecom freebies.