Originally Posted by gtmtnbiker
It depends on who your provider is. With Verizon FIOS, I pay $16/month for a DVR or $4/month for a cable card.
So for Verizon, the ROI is about 3.5 years.
Its not really apples to apples comparison. If you are looking to replace just one cable box or one DVR then ROI is NOT good.I actually don't recommend WMC based HTPC solution to those friends. However if you are looking for a multi-room DVR with ability to watch recordings in atleast two or three rooms then its a good investment. Here is the math for me
Computer Upgrade: $100 (extra memory, video card and disk)
Cable Card Tuner (Ceton, HDHR): 160
Used xBoxes (3): 180
Installation (wiring/outlets etc): $75
Monthly cost (cable card(: 3.99
Monthly cost without HTPC (Verizon):
Multi-room DVR: 19.99
Cable Box: 9.99 (includes discount for multiple boxes)
Add'l Cable Box: 9.99 (includes discount for multiple boxes)
Diff in monthly cost = $36 per month
Time to recover (with above setup): 15 months
Also for folks like me Tivo is NOT a solution because for $599 investment I get cable in one room only. So Tivo comparison is not Apple to Apples.
Edit: Writing this post got me thinking. Any price over 599 for Ceton Q would make it financially unlikable for new customers and folks like me will also stay away because we would need about 2 years to recover the investment.