It is all over! TiVo removes all references to Harvey Norman and Joyce Mayne.

TiVo Australia dead

What is a company that doesn’t sell a product? Dead? The answer is yes. TiVo Australia updated their website today and removed all references to Harvey Norman and Joyce Mayne, also known as the only retailers in Australia for the device.

Those regular readers of the site will know we called it first back in December, but now it’s official (they still aren’t coming clean). Other than tracking down old stock on shelves, there is no way to buy a TiVo in Australia, not even from their own website. If you’re a brave sole you can still buy the Home Networking package, additional remote or wireless adapter from TiVo Australia, but I suggest you save your money.

While questions around support and EPG updates emerge from the death of a DVR, there’s been no word from TiVo on the issue. If I had to guess, I’d expect a couple of staff to keep the lights on a Hybrid TV for a while, but certainly don’t expect any updates on the software side. Their last Press Release was in November 2011, that should tell you how active this company is.

It’s sad to see a big name like TiVo bow out of the Australian DVR market, but you should know there are some decent alternatives. While investigating replacements for TiVo, I came across the Humax HDR-7500T which is currently shipping with a free USB WiFi dongle and you can pick up a Lifetime IceTV subscription for just $99. This Guide data and remote scheduling capability usually costs $99 per year, so it’s a great deal.

If you have other suggestions for TiVo alternatives in Australia, let us know in the comments.

  • http://twitter.com/simonyeo Simon Yeo

    After reading this, I had to laugh when I saw the Feb issue of TechLife magazine lists the Tivo as their best value PVR!

  • woofy

    I’ve never seen this blog before, but this is up to the standard of Today Tonight/CA sensationalism, I saw plenty in all the local HNs sitting on the floor, in fact just as many as there were Topfield etc….when you can’t find them implies they might actually be selling rather than sitting there?

  • feline

    I’ve just replied to the previous post. I bought a TIVO about a week ago after finding one in a Harvey Norman store. I already have one, and I bought the Home Networking package online. The Harvey Norman store told me they’ve been told they’ll be back in about 6 months (?new distributor). I emailed support from the TIVO Australia website, asking whether TIVO is or will still be available for purchase in Australia. An reply email from Hybrid TV arrived promptly. It stated that TIVO is no longer available for purchase in Australia (other than stock in Harvey Norman stores, and they offered to help source that stock). They reiterated an ongoing committed to the TIVO service / customer support.

  • JT75

    It will be a shame if they are no longer available or supported. I have had one for several years and can’t understand why they aren’t more popular. It has an intuative interface, IP control with iPhone, streams media from torrent clients like Vuze and stores shows on my TiVo supported Netgear NAS. After trying other PVRs it is without question the best PVR on the market. Now if only TiVo could figure out how to make money and offer the same streaming services as in the US.