Originally Posted by MrHT
I could be wrong, but isn't there a monthly fee for TiVo?? During the VHS and DVD recording days, recording was free.
You can pay by month (just like a cable DVR), or you can pay a lifetime fee one time and not pay again.
Yes, VHS and DVD recording was free, but they didn't have onscreen guides, they didn't have HD recording (unless you shelled out for a DVHS VCR), you were limited to a few hours (unless the DVD recorder had a hard drive), you had to futz with timers (unless you had TVGOS), you had to make sure the tape was rewound, or the DVD was blank, or sometimes the DVD had a bad burn making a coaster, etc., etc.
To have a DVD recorder that had TVGOS and a hard drive, you had to put up about what a TiVo with lifetime service costs, and you still didn't have HD/5.1 recording.
edit: TiVo also has multiple tuners, so you can record more than one channel (up to four, I think.) To do that with VCRs or DVD recorders, you needed multiple units.Edited by Tulpa - 1/8/13 at 11:34am