Originally posted by The ArticleTiVo is phasing out its popular lifetime service plan and implementing a series of flexible pricing options that include the company's hardware, the DVR maker announced on Wednesday.
For some time, customers of the leading digital video recorder technology and service provider have been able to pay a $299 flat fee for lifetime TiVo service. But the Alviso, Calif., company said it plans to eliminate that option as of next week.
Please note that this was published 3-8-2006 so "next week" was last week. I sure am glad I got in on the lifetime gravy train. On the other hand, if they are going to go with a subscription base, I wonder if they will include free/discounted hardware upgrades, a la cellphone providers....
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#2 Posted on 20.3.06 1549.44 Reposted on: 20.3.13 1550.54
I had originally heard that you could still get the lifetime plan at a few stores for a few more weeks (provided they had a box for you to buy), but my procrastination is probably my downfall here. I'm still pretty happy with Time Warner's DVR anyway. Hey did I also hear Comcast was going to start providing TiVO hardware as part of their own service?
#4 Posted on 20.3.06 2145.42 Reposted on: 20.3.13 2145.53
I'm kind of bummed. I would have bought a lifetime plan on a series 3 if I had an HDTV already, and if they were available locally. It wasnt worth it on my Series 2 because I hope to not be watching SDTV for that long - the 3 year mark was about as far out as I figured to be using it.
It is nice that they offer an upfront purchase and a monthly for $12.95, but I'm not sure that it is a better deal than getting the HW along with your subscription at $19.95 a month or whatever they are charging for the 1 year.
I need to read the details on this... it may be a decent plan . I wish they would have kept the lifetime option, though. This opens the door for someone else to offer that and take some market share away.
#5 Posted on 21.3.06 0812.32 Reposted on: 21.3.13 0813.17
I wonder how much of an impact DirecTV had on this, since they decided to go with their own DVR equipment. My DVR from DTV is still a TIVO box, but if it ever goes down, I'm sure the next one will be one of the DirecTV boxes.
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#7 Posted on 22.3.06 0824.12 Reposted on: 22.3.13 0826.38
Why would you consider it 'screwing' their customers? Doesn't Cox charge a fee for renting their DVR?
I don't think TiVo could have continued using the 'lifetime service' business model anyways. It was a great way to drum up initial business and create a buzz, but I think the switch to a 'monthly subscription' based model was inevitable if they were going to continue to make money.
*edit: I knew I should've tested that stupid header before I used it....
#8 Posted on 22.3.06 1353.07 Reposted on: 22.3.13 1353.35
I know a few things about the Cox DVR.
It ain't a TiVo.
TiVo has Home Media applications which blow away what you can do with the cable company DVR. I never thought I would use the suggestions, but I pretty much only watch things I've recorded, and suggestions now. It is rare that we flip the channels looking for something.
The Cox DVR has two tuners and can record two shows at once, which is very nice. It also has picture in picture and some other nice features. BUT - the missing features from a TiVo really stand out once you've used one. 30 second skip button, all of the home media stuff (Buy movie tickets online, see the weather, Live365 streaming audio, Last.FM audio streaming, Mp3 and pictures from your home network, new music from Best Buy for free, and all of the java games and apps that are at apps.tv - not to mention Shoutcast streaming with Galleon!)
I think I'm probably going to have a TiVo for a long time, even if my cable or satellite company offers one. The add on options are too cool to pass up.
Anyway, some people are selling BB gift card for lifetime service on Ebay right now for between 450 and 750. They are good for activation within the next two years. If you live in a podunk city with a Best Buy, you may want to see if you can pick up one and hold on to it for a bit.
CRZ think there is a desperation factor driving the price but I think scarcity will drive it up to $600 or so long term.
Fun with risky investments.
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