Originally Posted by 9179mhb
$599.99 for a TiVo Roamio DVR
$149.99 for a TiVo Mini
$149.99 per year for the TiVo Service Subscription
$59.88 per year for a CableCard
$37.98 per month for (1) VMS1100 and (1) IPC 1100
Where is this mythical savings you speak of?
aaronwt is 100% right. TiVos with Lifetime are cheaper than paying every month, and the first CableCard gets you an equipment credit, not a cost if you don't have any other MSO equipment on your account. Not sure exactly what Verizon credits, but they have to credit something, that's federal law. In case you can't do math:
TiVo Roamio Plus: $399 plus $499 for Lifetime
TiVo Mini: $150
Total: $1050 minus CableCard equipment credit
$37.84 * 48 months = 1816 Total
Hmm, what's cheaper. And the more boxes you add, the cheaper it gets. With the Minis, TiVo systems typically pay for themselves within 36 months, possibly a bit less if you have a lot of TVs. Comcast has a similar fee structure, although it's not quite as bad, so TiVo doesn't save quite as much. Comcast is $20/mo for the DVR and $10/mo for each satellite box, and -$2.50/mo for the CableCard. Also, TiVos can last significantly longer than 48 months, but I'm assuming by then there's a new model and you'd buy something new, although then you could sell or give away your existing TiVo, so it just gets better!
And of course, there's the part about having a real TiVo, not some cheesy knock-off. That's worth something too!