Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
It's not that difficult to understand, and it's not a scam.
I agree completely. It's very similar in concept to, say, a cell phone. With a cell phone, you contract for the cell service
and the provider subsidizes the cost of the device to use their
service. Same with TiVo. You buy the TiVo DVR service
and they subsidize the cost of the device to use it. The only difference is that TiVo gives you the option of paying a one-time fee for unlimited DVR service for the life of the subsidized device. That is the gist of it, plain and simple.
So to all the people who think TiVo Lifetime DVR service is a scam, how would you react if Verizpn introduced a similar pricing plan where they will let you pay a one-time fee for unlimited cell-phone service for the life of your cell phone
AND still subsidized the cost of the cell phone. Would you immediately brand that as a scam because it is only for the life of the subsidized cell-phone?
Almost without exception, the people who get bent out of shape over lifetime TiVo DVR service pricing do so by equating the cost as solely for the guide data. It is not. It is the fee for the TiVo DVR service
running on their subsidized
equipment -- that includes the DVR functionality and all its features and service & software support of which the guide data is just a part.
So, you don't like paying for DVR service? Fair enough. In that case you can go functional without guide data which means you have to buy unsubsidized
equipment at full price
. You can buy a CM-7400 for $400 that has no guide service but is fully functional for manual recording. Since a DVR is not really useful without a guide (PSIP is not a guide service) you have the option of subscribing to their
guide data (you only get one choice on that) for $50/yr -- forever. It is your call which way to go, but lifetime DVR service it is definitely not a scam.