Originally Posted by Kelson
Why do you keep throwing in the cost of a 3yr TiVo warranty in your cost comparison. The CM-7400 doesn't come with a 3yr warranty, just 1 yr like TiVo. Are you going to buy an extended warranty for the CM-7400? Given all the reports of how hot it runs and the recent Crutchfield review of a unit having to be returned due to heat failure, I would think buying an extended warranty for the CM-7400 to be necessary. The only thing that really ever goes wrong with a TiVo is a HDD failure and that is user replaceable and upgradeable.
If price is your only motivation, which it appears to be by all you write, then I wish you luck and good service with the CM-7400. But at $400, I suspect you will not be getting you money's worth.
??? I put the cost of the TiVo $635 compared to $399 for the 7400.
The reason I quote the $39 IF you want the additional warranty is because that is something we (my wife and I) would purchase. I clearly left it separate as a charge. Why would I get it?
First, I never purchased a extended warranty in my life but in this case at over $600 I feel like I have to, its a lot of money to spend recording network TV shows and should I have to replace the machine one day, I lose my lifetime subscription and to add insult to injury TiVos so called 3 year warranty only applies to ONE claim where the unit gets replaced.
Believe it or not, $400 doesnt seem like a lot of money to me. Price is never my only motivation, never, value is. I bought a lot of nice things in my lifetime.
I see value in a DVR that can record 2 shows at one time and have built in wifi. For $400. upfront, then the company leaves it to me if I want to pay for a subscription at a reasonable price of $4.08 a month (paid by the year), then quite possible I can take the same machine, retire it to a spare room with no more subscription and still use it on occasion while getting the latest possibly best recorder when one comes out to put in my main room. If offered an extended warranty on the 7400 when I register it, its possible I might do it but I doubt it, if I do, its still over $200 less.
Im just answering your question, dont take my words the wrong way.
Value, $400. to record TV shows, built in WiFi and I do not have to subscribe to anything to use it, if I choose not to.
TiVo $635.00 with WiFi adapter to record TV shows, lifetime service but service is useless if major failure happens to the machine.
With all this said Kelson, we very may well end up with a TiVo! In all these posts I never trashed it, if the 7400 does not live up to my expectations, it will get returned in 30 days and TiVo it will be.
Remember I said value, clearly if the 7400 does not live up to my expectations then the value will be in the TiVo. but I will try to avoid TiVo at all costs, no value in an expensive program guide for 5 channels I may record tv programs on. I went to free HD OTA for a reason, I see no reason to pay $20.00 a month, $240 a year or $499 for a lifetime of a machine in order to use what I buy.