Originally Posted by tgrinch
I'm sure all of the CC tuner MFGs have considered this way before they put the product into development. When WMC finally dies, I'd be willing to bet Ceton (or the likes) would have developed and approved their own CC approved DVR software. After all, I'm sure NONE of the CC tuner co's enjoy being tied to WMC and it's quirks. This is where TIVO has a big advantage.
I agree, companies like Ceton probably envisioned the day when MSFT decided to pull th eplug on the WMC, and may be developing their own, but I am not certain that they would develop the software to run on Windows. Perhaps a Linux based DVR software that is lighter and less resource dependant. Look at the Ceton Q, it is stand alone device that runs on Windows 7 embedded. They certainly have the capability to make stand alone devices, which will probably have higher market penetration than PC's that have been purpose built to be DVR's.
Gateway show cased one of those stand alone devices in 2010, but I think it may have died before it was born. You have to understand that most people in the US are not financially savy to see that paying $700 now, is SIGNIFICANTLY less than paying $20/month for 5-10 years. Or they wouldn't have been renting boxes form the cable TV provider.
If they were financially smart, we wouldn't have had the housing collapse, nor the high bancruptcy rates. But, alas, math (we are not talking algebra, or calculus, but simple arithmetic) is not the strongest among the American populus.
TiVO understands this, and offers their devices at or below cost, and makes money on the back end of the subscriptions, which is a repeat revenue, unlike the one time hardware purchase.