Originally Posted by bshoe54
I don't understand why "break even" is even a factor for home entertainment gear. I guess it is because the cable and dish companies have led us into viewing the DVR as a recurring cost service rather than just another AV component or accessory.
I bet nobody did a break even analysis on their HDTV, surround sound speakers, Blu-Ray player, or AV receiver.
I think that's a bet you'd loose; millions of consumers have being doing exactly that vis-a-vis Blue Ray for the last couple of years even if they where not consciously aware of it: Blue Ray just did not offer enough incremental new function -- compared to DVDs -- for the price until recently, and the year over year sales figures show exactly how that analysis has worked out.
That aside, you've really got two separate issues here:
1) cost of new functionality;
2) cost of replacement functionality;
In the 1st case, I do look at cost of acquisition vs. feature set vs. technology maturity. As I indicated, I'm not an early adopter (at least not often). Didn't get my 1st flat screen until 3 years ago. Only got my 1st Blue Ray last year.
I've more-or-less touched on the 2nd case, but in a nutshell; it's got to make sense to me economically before I'll replace something that is already a working solution. In the case of the Moxi, we don't (yet) completely get a replacement for our current functionality (being able to program the DVR from multiple rooms) so the economics have to really be in place to make the jump, and they just aren't there yet.
I get that people love their Moxi's, I'm sure we'd love it if we had it. However, there are a million toys out there to spend your money on and I've just got to be careful which ones I spend my limited cash supply on.
So, bottom line at the moment: wait until we see what the new Tivo announcement will mean in terms of function and prices. Ie; will it impact Moxi price points? Will it offer up new functions that Moxi needs to catch up to? Will it (heaven forbid), be an even better product than the Moxi? Hopefully, in a couple of months I'll have justification for dumping the Comcast based DVRs, and at the moment, I'd love for a Moxi to be the replacement...