|Originally posted by jbarr:
This is true, but it does present an interesting company philosophy which many may not like...
Before people start making conclusions about the company based on this new policy, let's get a few things straight.
1) TiVo makes no money on the sale of the box (and may still lose money on each sale)
2) Currently people have the option of not subscribing to the TiVo service. This means they get the product of all of TiVo's hard work and TiVo gets nothing!
3) In the future TiVo will require a subscription to the service. It will be made clear on the box that the subscription is required. You have the choice of paying monthly or paying once for the lifetime of the box. Lifetime is essentially equivalent to Replay's policy of combining the service price into the box. (e.g. If it is repaired or replaced under warranty, the service transfers.)
4) All boxes made before the change will still be able to function without the service since that was the deal when they bought the box. Unsubscribed units can call in to set the clock.
5) TiVo has said that if they go out of business they will release the secret way to set the clock so that people will not be left with doorstops. I don't think RB specifically commented on turning on manual recordings for all boxes, but given the previous comments it is highly likely.