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Buying vs. renting cable STBs is an interesting question. However, we need to look at the issue from a customer perspective. When I wanted to go DVR, it was TiVo/Replay vs. TWC. Totally no contest. The monthly charge was MORE for a non-TWC solution. AND the TWC solution included the rental of the box. PLUS, by renting the box, I have essentially a lifetime warranty. If I even think my box is misbehaving, I can easily swap it.
PLUS, when we look at today, we see an 800 dollar STB from TiVo and a 12 buck a month cost. Aside from the IPG, it needs 2 cable cards... so there's additional monthly rental of those cards from the cable company. So there's even MORE of a spread when you look at similar capabilities (i.e. dual tuners in a DVR).
Honestly, I'm not at all sure I'm that anxious to be having to buy my own box outright.
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