Originally Posted by zeus33
What am I missing? The TiVo thing makes no sense to me. You have to buy the unit ($600 in this case) and then still pay $15 month for the service. I pay $15 a month for my multi-room DVR from FIOS and I didn't have to buy anything. Even if you do the lifetime subscription, it's $500 + the $600 for the unit = $1100. Divide that by the $15 a month that I don't pay FIOS, and it takes 73 months to break even. These DVRs are outdated within 2-3 years and the warranty is over after 1, so you have an outdated out of warranty DVR that you are still "paying for". On top of that, you still need a cablecard from Verizon that will cost you a monthly fee, so that pushes your "paid for" date even further down the calendar.
How does that make any sense financially whatsoever? Are the 6 tuners that valuable to you guys?
I priced it out in August. The breakeven point is something like 24 to 33 months(depending on Roamio model) before the resale value is taken into account. This was based on my local FiOS prices. Of course this is with $400 lifetime service which everyone can get with the PLSR code(or is it PSLR?).
Plus I have no idea how you get $15 a month for the FiOS DVR. That is only two tuners. You have to price it out for six tuners from FiOS to compare apples to apples. My Roamio Pro and two Minis, all with lifetime service cost $1500. I could have saved some money off of that price by getting a lower end Roamio and adding my own hard drive. But for my Pro and two Minis the breakeven point was 33 months. Although at the time I did the calculation with the $4 cable card fee since that is what it still cost in my area. With the new price it would add alittle more money to the total bringing the break even closer to 34 months. And of course since I own the Roamio Pro, i can sell it for several hunderd dollars at some point to upgrade again to a newer TiVo.
I've been using TiVos with FiOS for 6+ years. If I had been using FiOS DVRs during this time it would have cost me four figures more. Plus I would not even have owned the equipment. Every time a new Tivo is released, i sell my old lifetime TiVos to cover most of the cost of new lifetime Tivos. Selling the older TiVos further reduces the break even point.
I would be pissed it I had been renting cable company DVRs all this time. That is alot of money wasted over the years.
Originally Posted by dcowboy7
Isnt a drawback that you cant access VOD.
yes that is one disadvantage is no access to FiOS VOD. Although if I had Comcast I would be able to access the Comcast VOD with my TiVos.
I used to pay $10 a month for a FIOS HD STB just for VOD access. But I found that I rarely used it and that I could also get the majority of content from other services. So i returned the HD STB to save the $10 a month.Edited by aaronwt - 10/4/13 at 12:32pm