2011-11-20, 12:39 PM
The current $250 off promotion for the Shaw Gateway/Portal system is concerning about adoption -- I assume the bugs are keeping people (including myself) away from this system. The current price reduction proves this.
How many other people on these forums are holding out purchasing one of these due to the bug issues? Do you think Shaw will be forced to lower the price even more during Dec/Xmas to get people to purchase this item?
I should also note that I was just talking to CSR and she was pushing the Gateway like crazy. She flat out told me that there are NO BUGS currently with the Gateway/Portal system. I asked her to repeat that statement and she did. I even pointed her to these forums and she stated that as of the current time there are no bugs.
2011-11-20, 04:23 PM
I'm normally an early adopter of such technology. But as I mentioned before (http://digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=1226940&postcount=59) years will have to pass before I jump on this one. I think I'll bite once next generation of "gateway" hardware comes out (and then drops in price). There is only one thing I'd like to see added to "Motorola generation" of boxes (not yet there for gateway AFAIK either). Recording scheduling via Internet. Rest is mostly fluff for me.
As for price reduction, no business drops price unless they have to. Either because of non-adoption or because of competition. And I don't know which one is causing Shaw to lower hardware prices right now.
2011-11-20, 05:04 PM
Those are all excellent points.
I also never even thought of recording scheduling via internet. That would be amazing!
You have convinced me to wait myself. Thanks.
Just curious to know about other's opinions.
2011-11-20, 05:42 PM
The Gateway adds two significant features (right now): 1) a modern UI and 2) the ability to share the PVR.
Would I spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade my current setup? Probably not. I think in the end what really matters is the programming. The features the Gateway brings is cool and all, but I'd rather spend my time (and money) watching the actual content than looking at a nice UI.
That being said, if I were a new customer and looking at new hardware, I'd definitely take the Gateway.
2011-11-20, 06:17 PM
I am also sitting out this one and waiting for it to iron out the bugs.
For the mean time, I purchased an used PVR very very cheap. Thanks Shaw for pushing down the price. When the time come for the gateway, I will trade this PVR in for a portal.
2011-11-20, 06:54 PM
I have an installation for a gateway on Dec 4th booked. That being said, I am more adding a 3rd PVR to my house (6416 and 3400) and will replace those over time as I see how everything works out for the Gateway. Not going all in for a total swap based on the things I have read.
2011-11-23, 05:39 PM
From time to time we can negotiable with our suppliers better rates for equipment which we pass on to our customers. Hence both the price drop on the DCX3400/3200 to $198/$142 respectively and the Shaw Gateway drop as mentioned above. The $250 off the Gateway is not a promo it is now regular rate. The system since launching nationally is proving popular.
2011-11-23, 05:59 PM
Shaw equipment price drop has effects on the used equipment prices as Shaw subscribers switching to gateway or to Optik. It hurts for those subscribers paid $600 for a PVR just 1 - 2 years ago.
2011-11-29, 01:33 AM
Folks, there is already an existing thread in which you can share your impressions of the Gateway.
Several posts in this thread will be moved.
Please reserve this thread for discussing potential significance of a price drop for the Gateway.
Thanks for your understanding and your co-operation.