Originally Posted by DeeKaye07
We just got a letter from our cable company warning of yet another price increase (just less than $3 a month...
My Charter cable is giving a general increase that is much more than $3, but none of it is due to the DVR total
cost changes. However, that doesn't mean that money cannot be saved by switching to TiVo, which I am now actively considering, and also end up with a better DVR. For me, and I'd guess for some others, these are the issues:
1. Every time the cable company changes their plans, they increase the possibly of making a mistake, and decrease our understanding of how much we are actually being charged for a DVR. At Charter, their DVR rental is a sum of several charges...some of which may not be necessary. For example, several months ago, by carefully going over their price structure, I discovered I was being changed an extra $10, which on first questioning, Charter contented those charges were components of my DVR chargers. A week ago, I finally talked to a customer service representative that fully understood Charter's price structure, and my total DVR charges dropped from $30/month to $20/month. This representative said that the total
DVR charges have been $20/month for some time; however, the components that go into that total have changed.
2. TiVo offers features that cable DVRs do not offer, and that can also save money. For example, with TiVo, Video on Demand is accomplished by downloading from the Internet. Amazon.com is one of those websites, and their Video on Demand cost less than Charter's. Netflix is about to become another, and for $9/month with Netflix, you not only get unlimited DVD rentals, but you can also download movies that include cable's Starz Channel movies. To get Starz at Charter, next year it will cost between $10 and $14, depending on how many other premium channels you subscribe to.
3. I have had Charter's Moxi DVR for several years now, and have been very happy with it. However, the Moxi is old, there is some question whether Charter will continue to support it. The most important Moxi feature to me is the ability to add an external hard-drive. That feature alone has given me more flexibility to watch what I want, when I want to, and do it without spending any time setting up and recording onto VCRs or DVDs. TiVo seems to be the only cable option with this feature.
At current TiVo prices and subscription rates, the TiVo HD would pay for itself compared to my Moxi Rental in about 2 years, and after that save more than $10/month, with features that are still better than the Moxi. Because of the TiVo HD XL model's large internal hard drive, I would prefer that model, which I've concluded is a reasonable price difference for the size of the hard drive, as well as the decreased probably of losing all recordings because of an external hard drive failure.
I haven't committed to this purchase yet, so I would appreciate any comments on my rational.