Originally posted by Jeff D The Showstopper is costing Panasonic money, not ReplayTV. So... why would they want to do that?
Really? I thought the service was provided by ReplayTV no matter which manufacturer built the hardware. Who is paying for service on the 2Ks and 3Ks?
The actual cost is probably pretty low per unit. But with all the units out there, I would guess it could get pretty expensive. Makes me think--in an ironic way--about the IBM ad where somebody is able to save the company a nickel.....per unit. And the number of units per year is insanely high.
Hmmmm, last time I checked ALL Replay's could use dial-up lines. So why would it cost anybody any more for a Showstopper versus a 5000. If anything, it would cost more for a 5000 to dial-up since it has more guide data and is still being updated, therefore causing even more dial-up time.
Unless Replay were to go with only broadband service (we see how well that worked with the 4000s), this seems like a bad idea.
ReplayTV is providing the listing information, but as I understood it Panasonic is paying for all of the units that are out there. I didn't remember it as a expense that ReplayTV would have to carry, I thought Panasonic was still paying for that data. I could be wrong, and this could have changed in the last 3 years.
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