Originally Posted by cavemaster
Just remember, it's their (Tivo's) lifetime, not yours. Given that they have been operating in the red for some time now, how long do you really have before it's simply a door stop?
Macrovision (TVGuide data supplier) is just as likely to go bankrupt as TiVo.
TiVo just got $104 million from Dish Network. That number does not include compensation for infringement on products since the original April, 2006 verdict. Many expect TiVo to get an additional $50-$100 million for infringement between then and now, even if Echostar's current products no longer infringe. With that much cash, they'll be in business for a long time, even if they continue to lose $10 million per year. You're probably aware that TiVo and DirecTV are working together on a new DirecTiVo, to be introduced later this year, so it's not like future profitability is out of the question either.
The only valid reason I see to get a DTVPal DVR over a TivoHD
is the subscription, or lack thereof. The purchase price for both products is the same ($250), but the TivoHD requires
one of the following subscriptions: $12.99/mo, $129/yr, $299/3yrs, or a one-time payment of $399. The DTVPal DVR requires no subscriptions of any kind. Many people just don't want to pay that kind of money to watch and record free, over-the-air television; that's completely understandable.