Originally Posted by scanpa
Yes, the upgraded DVR service Tier w/ TiVo will be $14.95 per Month versus the current DVR service fee of $9.95 per Month.
and yes both prices will be going up by end of the year. I would guess after X-mas / Jab 2007 area.
have heard $12.95 for I-GUIDE (Basic DVR service Tier)
and $17.95 for TiVo (Advanced DVR service Tier)
as always STB rental cost not included. Most are now covered in the cost of the Digital Packages.
Is that set in stone from what you've seen?
Granted, an HD TiVo doesn't exist (except on DirecTV), but TiVo's lowest monthly plan is $16.95 on the new Series 2 box (the dual tuner, 80-hour box) and that's after paying them $30 for the box, which means the $16.95 is hhelping to subsidize the box's purchase price, not the TiVo service. The lowest price per month comes by pre-paying for three years' service in advance (at $469) and that comes in at $13.03/month. So, assuming that it costs TiVo $13.03 every month to supply you with a new S2 and service for three years, that would mean they're breaking even and have no profit at all.
Therefore, I have to assume TiVo makes at least a $1.00 profit off of their subscribers each month and that they're putting a price of $99 on the new S2 boxes (which is just a guess) and comes out to $2.75 a month. So let's assume that the service's cost is actually $9.25/month to TiVo per box (which is being very generous, I think, because that's assuming it costs TiVo the same amount for all the TiVo boxes in a single household on a single account).
So, $9.25 that TiVo passes onto Comcast. Comcast will want some profit, too, so they tack on a "rental" fee for the Moto box ($4.99 and change), bringing us to $14.24. That's awfully close to the rumored $14.95/month, and it give Comcast and TiVo another $0.355 in profit per customer each.
So I can see the argument for a $14.95 price point. But, $17.95 for just the TiVo service, even on an HD Moto box with no S3 boxes to be found, is going to be a hard pill to swallow (even for TiVo lovers) unless Comcast is going to restructure their price points all around (or the S3 boxes are amazingly expensive in comparison). I just can't see the justification for $17.95/month.
Having been a used-and-abused Comcast subscriber in the past, I'm still amazed I was willing to go back to them now. But the price was right (for now, at least) and I'm willing to be proven wrong. Thus far, I've been amazed with the increased customer service reliability, which is helping to prove me wrong. The current DVR interface is not helping to prove me wrong, by the way (the TiVo install cannot get here soon enough).
I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I hesitate to see how Comcast thinks that would be a smart business move. If they do end up pulling that sort of thing, then I will be looking for another provider after 16 months are up.
Maybe I shouldn't take the DirecTV dish off the roof, yet.