While it's not unheard of to hold a contest where the prize doesn't yet exist, it's usually not a
good idea to offer a prize that won't be available relatively soon after the contest ends. So, the fact that TiVo
has just launched an eleven-week contest in conjunction with
American Idol, in which the grand prize is a TiVo Series 3 DVR, has already resulted in a flood of speculation as to
when the long-awaited box will finally materialize. The contest rules stipulate that TiVo has up to four months after
the end of the contest to fulfill, meaning that the latest
the Series 3 will be available will be October.
Engadget contributor Dave Zatz speculates that the box will be out the first of September, at a price of $800. Anyone
else want to hazard a guess?