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.