Originally Posted by JBaumgart
Yeah I've rented two of the DVR's since they first came out, and if I added up all the monthly charges since then think I could have paid for at least four of them by now. I hate the monthly fees, but on the other hand I'm a little reluctant to invest the money in purchases because the technology can change so quickly.
I bought a Tivo HD with PLS two years ago, after owning a Series 2 for 6 years. Yes, technology usually changes rapidly, but I really don't see this with Tivo. I bought a Series 1 in 2000 after my VCR stopped recording stuff, and after nearly 11 years, the only compelling reason I saw to upgrading to the Series 3 was to get HD (because I bought an HD TV). I see no compelling reason, personally, to upgrade to the Premiere.
The only reason I went from the Series 1 to the Series 2 was because I wanted additional recording capacity. The main technology, while it has made minor improvements like Multi Room Viewing, Netflix support, etc has stayed relatively unchanged. I still set up recordings the exact same way, and unless my cable goes out, I haven't missed a recording yet (in 11 years).
Right now, the way I figure it, as long as I keep this Tivo for 3 years (which is up in May 2012), I've more than made up the price difference between Tivo and renting a Moto or SA\\Cisco box. And the nice part is, when I'm ready to upgrade, I get a discount of $100 on my next Product Lifetime Service (and I can still sell my current box on E-Bay, lifetime'd boxes go for a decent amount even after a few years).