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TiVo S2 80HR Fire Sale

Dave Zatz —  June 30, 2006

Get a new 80 hour Series 2 for free after rebates! If you already have service, a second unit runs only $6.95/mo. I think it’s safe to say this model is heading out… not surprising given digital tuner regulation going into effect next year.

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In honor of Father’s Day (and publicity), TiVo has partnered with Minor League Baseball and will be giving away up to 1,000 S2 units (via voucher) per market. Agree to a year of service, get a single tuner TiVo free. Add 30 bucks and upgrade to a dual-tuning model. Additional promotions (TiVo raffles) seem to vary by team website — so you may want to contact your stadium before making the trek. I’m not much of a baseball fan, but I could be rooting for the Potomac Nationals this afternoon. ;)

UPDATE: It may be possible to get in on this without attending a game. See www.tivo.com/baseball for details.

Nashville Sounds
Nashville, TN
Game Date: June 18th
Columbus Clippers
Columbus, OH
Game Date: June 18th
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Colorado Springs, CO
Game Date: June 18th
Richmond Braves
Richmond, VA
Game Date: June 18th
Springfield Cardinals
Springfield, MO
Game Date: June 18th
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Manchester, NH
Game Date: June 18th
Fort Wayne Wizards
Fort Wayne, IN
Game Date: June 18th
Hagerstown Suns
Hagerstown, MD
Game Date: June 18th
Everett Aqua Sox
Everett, WA
Game Date: June 18th
South Bend Silver Hawks
South Bend, IN
Game Date: June 18th
Charlotte Knights
Charlotte, NC
Game Date: June 18th
Tennessee Smokies
Kodak, TN (Knoxville-area)
Game Date: June 18th
Stockton Ports
Stockton, CA
Game Date: June 18th
West Virginia Power
Charleston, WV
Game Date: June 18th
Rochester Red Wings
Rochester, NY
Game Date: June 18th
Mississippi Braves
Pearl, MS
Game Date: June 16th
Durham Bulls
Durham, NC
Game Date: June 16th
Altoona Curve
Altoona, PA
Game Date: June 18th
New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain, CT
Game Date: June 18th
Salem Avalanche
Salem, VA Game
Date: June 18th
Potomac Nationals
Woodbridge, VA
Game Date: June 18th
Birmingham Barons
Birmingham, AL
Game Date: June 17th
Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn, NY
Game Date: June 22nd
Akron Aeros
Akron, OH
Game Date: June 24th
Buffalo Bisons
Buffalo, NY
Game Date: June 17th
Tucson Sidewinders
Tucson, AZ
Game Date: June 24th
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Kevin spotted
a nice deal over on Woot for a $30 refurb Gyration keyboard and mouse. Back in my HTPC days I used this (or a similar model) to control a projector-attached computer. The remote and keyboard use RF, so you have increased range without line-of-sight issues. And being so compact, these are pretty unobtrusive on the couch or coffee table. Additionally, the gyroscopic features of the mouse (moving it in the air) were nice to use while reclining without worrying about a hard surface (though the couch cushions were often sufficient). The mouse charger/dock acts as your USB receiver — mine happily sat on top of the subwoofer. I don’t know what these run for today, but I recall paying over $100.

Been thinking about getting a Slingbox? Is $100 off retail enough to force your hand? If you’re game, add the $199 Slingbox to your cart and then use code DISH2006 for another $50 off.

(via Gizmodo)

harmony880.jpgDell has the Harmony 880icon for only $109, shipped free. If you’ve been sitting on the fence and/or waiting for a bargain, you’re not going to do better than this! The 880 retails for $249, but coupon code LWLCHHGG9Q7C9W gets you a $120 discount. Additionally, Logitech is offering a $20 mail-in rebate. The offer is good until tomorrow AM or until they sell 3000 remotes.

Harmony 880 reviews.

sdusb.jpgI can’t say I’ve picked up much amazing or inspiring technology in the last few months. However, when jkOnTheRun mentioned SanDisk has temporarily dropped prices on the convertible SD -> USB card, I needed in!

Of the various computers I use regularly, none have card readers… meaning I either have to drag one with me or make sure I have the correct USB cables present for my devices. This little guy is a clever convenience who works as advertised — I probably should have picked one up earlier. I do have concerns I might snap him at some point, but the guys at work disagree. Time will tell.

Sadly the “deal” was 5/20 – 5/24, when I picked up the 1GB card from Amazon for about $46. Buy.com had it for a low $39, but that involved rebate hassles. If you too feel compelled, the price is still a reasonable $56.

For those of you on the fence regarding Amazon Prime, the $79 two-day shipping plan, let me tell you half my purchases arrive overnight (such as this card).

MovieBeam, originally priced at $249 plus $30 activation, dropped to $199 without an activation fee about a month into sales. As I wrote, that price still struck me as barrier to entry given the per-movie rental fees. Well, how does 49 bucks sound? MovieBeam’s online media account manager sent me a note to spread the word about a blog & forum special — just enter code PR49B at checkout to get this deeply discounted rate! At $49 a pop I can see them selling enough units to reach a critical mass, perhaps allowing them to recoup infrastructure investments and hardware costs through movie rentals.

Before pulling the trigger, you might want to review this… “Please confirm that you have a land-line phone before you purchase the MovieBeam Player. Sorry, the MovieBeam Player cannot connect to mobile or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phones at this time.” Ben over at HD Beat did get the unit working on Vonage, but your mileage may vary. Also be aware MB is not available in all areas (remember, local stations “beam” the movies), but their online address widget will quickly let you know if you qualify.

I’m in! :)