I’ve had a TiVo (or three) running in Canada for a couple of years now so the news that they will finally be available at retail here is great news. A lot of friends have expressed interest in getting a TiVo but they usually balk at it when they find out they have to drive to the states to get a unit and usually end up with a craptacular Shaw PVR unit.
The dual tuner, 80 hour machines will be available in early December at London Drugs, Future Shop, The Brick and Best Buy. The price ($199CDN) seems a little higher than what folks are paying in the states and there is no word if there is a mail in rebate like previously. The monthly fees are the same as down south ($12.95US/month). No HD units yet either as Canada doesn’t currently support cablecards which are required for the HD TiVo units. Who knows, maybe they will partner with Shaw or Rogers and actually offer the TiVo software on the HD hardware…..yeah, right.
Oh and if you do sign up for a TiVo – I’d love the TiVo Rewards points! Use retrocactus at gmail dot com when you sign up.