2004-12-27, 07:59 PM
I just noticed this on Radioshack's web page.
This is a Motorola based PVR. I'm not sure on its specifications, and I wonder how it stacks up with the SA8000HD and SA8300HD.
- Dual tuners?
- How big is the harddisk (web site says 10 hours of HD, seems pretty small)?
- How is the user interface compared with Scientific Atlanta (IPG, etc)?
- Does it has as many annoying bugs as SA?
- Record first run episodes?
They only offer Motorola Equipment in New Brunswick and Newfoundland, not Ontario.
2004-12-27, 08:27 PM
And it even says that on the radioshack page :).
> For sale in Atlantic provinces only.
2004-12-27, 08:40 PM
That was disappointing. I was hoping there would be some competition in the PVR space. Currently I own the SA8000 SD. I find the feature set of the SA8000 SD very inadequate and annoying. I was hoping to get a replacement.
On a not so related note Radio Shack's web site lists both the SA8300 SD and the SA8300HD. I've seen the SA8300HD on display at Radio Shack, and they have the SA8300 SD available for sale (in stock, in store) at $599.
They also have the SA8000 SD listed on the web site. The SA8000 SD and SA8300 SD are both listed at $599. Futureshop has a $200 instant rebate with eh SA8000 SD. I wonder when Futureshop will have the SA8300 and if there will be any rebate.
If you were to compare the SA8300HD vs the Mot 6412, (both discussed extensively in these forums), you'd probably find no major reason to prefer the Mot over the SA. From what I've read, the SA probably has more/better features.
2004-12-31, 05:56 PM
I've read a little more about the Motorola 6412 and 6208 and realize that they may not be any better than the Scientific Atlanta boxes. Even if they were better it wouldn't matter because I'm stuck with the SA boxes anyway. Too bad we cannot get thirdparty boxes yet.
On a positive note I was able to swap my purchased SA8000 for a SA8300 at a roger's video store. At least now I have the newer software. Probably better than the newer software is the newer hardware. It is really fast compared to the SA8000. Hopefully it will be a little more future proof too.
2005-01-02, 01:48 PM
How did you talk them into that?
2005-01-02, 05:36 PM
I talked with a CSR, told him that I have been waiting for a software upgrade for my SA8000 for a while. I told him the new software was available on the SA8300. I asked if I could switch and he said yes. Note, when I got to the Roger's store I had to go through the exact same song and dance. I think it helped that I could say "The Roger's CSR said switching would not be problem". The guy at the store knew that I had purchased after he scanned the box' serial number.
So, for the most part, this transaction seems completely legit.
I was hoping there would be some competition in the PVR space.
yep, its called ExpressVu.