Originally Posted by Jonny
I am extremely interested in the TiVo premiere xl just worried about compatibility/tuning issues. I don't pay the cable bill in the household and I prefer to have something I can be billed to myself.
The TiVo uses a CableCARD (rented from Cablevision) for access to the channels you pay for. That usually costs less than $5 per month for rental, and that charge will be on the regular cable bill.
The TiVo subscription cost can be billed to anyone, for monthly, yearly, lifetime, etc. service.
If you want additional channels besides what the existing cable bill covers, those charges would also appear on the cable bill.
If you want, you could probably have a second cable account at the same address, and pay for everything yourself.
The exception to the above is if you only want local HD channels, which the TiVo can receive without a CableCARD, but you'll get no guide or other advanced TiVo features.