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# 181280 8-Oct-2015 22:20
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Looks really nice.

Any chance the NZ/Australian distributors will pick this up?

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  # 1402783 8-Oct-2015 22:56
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I would say it is highly unlikely we will see it here.

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  # 1402825 9-Oct-2015 07:26
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No.  TiVo in NZ is all but dead IMO for the foreseeable future.  Too many other offerings and online content now swamping the market to make the product, and more importantly the background on-going support needed viable.    

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  # 1402849 9-Oct-2015 08:29
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Love my TiVo and would love to see a new one here but I can't see it somehow.  Every time I ask TiVo Dan he never replies..



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  # 1402853 9-Oct-2015 08:39
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Agreed, TiVo is all but dead here.  A new TiVo in NZ would need to do a lot more than be a Freeview recorder with Quickflix to survive.  It would need to have  streaming services like Netflix to get more interest going. 

I love my TiVo for what it does but my TiVo usage has dropped by about 90% with all the online streaming options.  A couple of years ago for my evening viewing I would switch to TiVo and see what it had recorded or check out the suggestions list.  Now I look at the Now Playing list maybe once a week if that, and only to watch a specific show.


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  # 1402896 9-Oct-2015 10:19
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What an awesome machine.  Not sure about the design, it's very striking but rules out stacking equipment on top of each other unless this unit is on the top.

If it was available here it ticks all the boxes, would centralise streaming which everyone wants i.e. not needing a PS4 to stream one service, a new Samsung TV to exclusively stream something else, Chromecast to access another service and a Freeview Plus box to stream FTA content plus the ability to actually record stuff live which many still do!  A mobile app so you can stream to your device - again centralised - and a "cloud PVR" so you can log in and view all your stuff anywhere.  The "cable card" could be made compatible with Sky allowing this box to be the only box required (though doubt the monopoly Sky would have anything to do with it).  Support for Apple AirPlay is a bonus too.

Sadly little old NZ misses out yet again and are left with our cheaply made and ugly set top boxes and numerous devices and frustrations.

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  # 1403283 9-Oct-2015 22:50
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The problem is lack of competition in NZ. It maybe smart for a company like lightbox to get in on it, and use it as an exclusive platform for lightbox,similar to quickflix on the current TiVo. That problem with quickflix part from the lack of content and no previews, is that the online streaming system on this older TiVo device is so slow and laggy, it is almost unusable. But the new TiVo should be a lot better. Not sure if tons would get on it, considering they have been involved with two lemons. But maybe Freeview itself maybe interested. We do really lack a killer Freeview type PVR, which the TiVo is. But the future is streaming content these days, and people seem to be watching less Freeview.

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  # 1403910 11-Oct-2015 15:59
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Unfortunatley, I suspect that TiVo has missed its window in New Zealand due to poor execution by TVNZ/Hybrid the first time around, and I seriously doubt this will be offered locally. There simply isn't the market size willing to pay a premium for this now that a plethora of lower-budget options are around.

Which is a pity as, despite the weird curvy shape and white colour that won't blend in with most home theatre setups, it looks like a good unit. Although I would only get the 1TB option - 500GB is inadequate in these days of HD video.

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