Originally Posted by jdskycaster
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.
The upfront costs and fees were DirecTV's, not TiVos. The DVR fee for the DirecTiVos was $4.99/mo. DirecTV was always responsible for the hardware and monthly fees. DirecTV paid TiVo ~$1/mo per subscriber with at least one DirecTivo, plus the cost to maintain the software; anything beyond that went toward DirecTV's bottom line.
On DirecTV, DVR costs have gone up from $4.99/mo to $5.99/mo since they moved to DVR software from NDS.
The actual cost of the Dish vs. DirecTV hardware has always been pretty comparable (within ~$50). Dish and DirecTV simply choose to spend their subscriber acquisition budgets in different ways. Dish Network spends far more per customer on hardware subsidies, while DirecTV spends far more on advertising.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand.