Originally Posted by amazingisntit
Seriously, if you are tired of waiting, you can get a nice new Tivo HD box on Amazon for about $250 and a 3 year pre-paid sub that equates to $8/month.
Thats $15 a month for Tivo with all the juice.
What do you pay in Boston just for DVR service? $12? $13? Any other box fees?
In Philly, here are the fees:
With Comcast DVR:
$11.95 a month DVR service
$1.99 a month for the second CableCard
The $11.95 a month, for 36 months, comes out to $398.72, if you discount to present value with a 5% interest rate. That's the present value of the cost of 36 months of Comcast DVR service.
The $1.99 a month, for 36 months, comes out to $66.40. Add that to the $548 upfront payment and you have $614.40 in present value. That's the present value of the cost to have 36 months of TiVo.
The difference, which is the premium for TiVo, is $215.68 at present value, which, spread back out over the 36 months, is $6.46 a month. Plus, you lose On Demand and PPV. But, some of the $6.46 a month will be eaten up by the premium Comcast will certainly charge to upgrade to the TiVo service on the Comcast box.