hi, i just got this email from my friend who works at shaw:
On Tuesday, November 18th, 2008, we are launching the new Pace Aspen in Calgary and Edmonton markets only.
The Aspen is an all-digital, dual-tuner, 160GB HD PVR, just like our current HDPVR 3416. It is effectively replacing the Motorola 3416 in these markets, until further notice.
**Things to note**
· These units are available through Shaw channels only (retail, call centre, etc).
· They are not available through 3rd party retail. Third party retail will continue to sell Motorola DCTs, including the 3416 HDPVR.
· This is the ONLY HD PVR for sale through Shaw channels in these markets. We will not install -- or sell from Shaw retail outlets in Calgary and Edmonton -- any Motorola HD PVRs (3416/6416)
· We are not offering a “choice” of HD PVR to customers. All our HD PVRs are “Shaw HD PVRs”, with same support, service, and warranty.
Warranty is the same as our other set-tops – 3 years. For current Moto customers who require a warranty exchange, the same guidelines apply – please try to exchange with a same or better model, of like age. When inventory doesn’t allow this, a new DCT may be exchanged instead.
Current Work Orders
Work orders have already been booked for tomorrow and future, and these work orders will need to be changed to reflect model 566 (Aspen purchased), upon installation. Warehouse should be deploying Aspen, beginning the morning of the 18th.
Same price as other HD PVRs - $498 until January 31st, 2009
It’s important to realize - while the Aspen looks much different than Motorola DCTs, inside, it’s very similar. It operates on the same Guide platform, and the user experience should essentially be the same. That said, there are some differences, but many of these differences are features, not issues.
Here are some Aspen highlights:
· Dual video tuners allowing two channels to be watched or recorded
· HDMI input and an HDMI cable included with each purchase
· 160 GB of internal Hard Drive
· External hard drive expansion through SATA connectivity