Originally Posted by jdskycaster
As do my first generation Echo SD DVR's and 2nd gen SD DVR's but I would be the first to admit that they are definitely outdated and soon to be obsolete in a few months. Echo continues to update the software on them (Gen 2's) so they have some new features but who cares - they are SD. HD is where it is currently at. I can upgrade through Dish for 2 new HD DVR's with service for about $149.00. That is for 2. How much is the new Tivo HD DVR with unlimited lifetime service that you may or may not actually use?
I have owned all of them for at least 4 - 6 years and paid no more than $90 for anyone of them. Since I own them I do not pay any monthly DVR fees (Echo now charges a DVR fee). That cannot be matched by any Tivo owner including S1's - lifetime or not. There are a couple of times over the past 3 years I have thought about switching back to DirectTV (I was a subscriber for 9 years previously) but have declined specifically because of Tivo's monthly charges and upfront costs. I think signing on with Tivo was one of the worst mistakes DirecTV could have made.
I call Dish, they send me a replacement DVR, I box up the defective unit and send it back postage prepaid.
I choose the provider like Dish or Comcast first and then choose among available DVR and/or STB options.
We used to sub to Dishnetwork. I've still got a 501 DVR stashed away and a 301 STB. If customer has an old 501 and wants to use it today what, if anything, does Dish charge? E* has made credible DVR's over the years. I actually liked their incredible early Dishplayer even with its hiccups!
In some ways renting is
better than buying. But even with no strings I ended up returning Comcast's Motorola DVR because HDTiVo (w/Lifetime Service) worked better.