Originally Posted by Bradtothebone
As a comparison, their ViP612 single-TV DVR with two sat tuners and one OTA is selling for $369 right now.
You cannot compare the "direct" price of satellite DVRs, which are subsidized.
Last quarter, Dish Network said every ViP622 DVR cost them
$400 to build. DirecTV recently told analysts that its $299 HR20 DVR cost them
$450 to build. They said the build cost of their new HR21 DVR (without OTA tuners) would be down to $250 by April.
The $369 price for the ViP612 almost certainly does not
include a profit margin. It may or may not include the full cost of hardware and [direct, non-retail] distribution.
Originally Posted by Rammitinski
$229.99? With more than one tuner? And no monthly fee or 2-year contract? Wishful thinking. Not retail, that's for sure. Are you thinking it will be cheaper because it's OTA-only? That won't make much of a difference, if any. If anything, they're likely to charge MORE because your not tied to them as a provider. Not less
. That's the way it's always worked.
I expect the TR-50 MSRP to be ~$400 with a 250GB hard drive. Retailers like Best Buy require a 20-30% cut, so at that price, Echostar would probably net between $250 and $300.
I agree that a dual-tuner HDTV DVR built using current technology would not be profitable at a wholesale cost of $300 (i.e. $400 MSRP) with no other fees or revenue streams. However, I expect Echostar to settle for a smaller margin on the initial sale, which they will recoup through Internet-delivered PPV. I expect Internet-delivered SD and HD PPV to be a key feature of this product within three months of release.