KyserSoze wrote:So after I buy this, I'd have to pay more than my cable company charges per month for their dvr, and I'd still have to pay monthly for their cable card. I think I'll pass.
I have one TiVo, one Optimum/Cablevision HD DVR and one "regular" cable box. I was already planning to pay full price for a new TiVo Premier and get lifetime service, because I did the math, and it would cost me about the same as the cable company's DVR, but a TiVo actually WORKS, unlike Cablevision's DVR, which is complete crap and tends to stutter and lose chunks of programming if you rewind or fast forward during a recorded program. I bought my current TiVo in 2010 with 3-year warranty on it, and bought lifetime service, working on the assumption that "lifetime" would be three years at minimum, thanks to the warranty. I bought the TiVo itself with points, so it was only the service that was a cash outlay, and as you'll see below, it definitely saved me money.
I'm currently paying as follows for my cable company's DVR:
DVR service: $10.95
Cable box itself: $6.71
Cable box remote: $0.24
Total (without taxes): $17.90 per month for a DVR that I barely use because the quality is so bad.
Buying a new TiVo Premiere as an existing TiVo customer costs $149.00, with lifetime service for $399.99. Assuming the box lasted for three years, I'd be paying $15.27 per month for the TiVo and service, plus another $2.00 per month for the cable card (Cablevision doesn't offer free cable cards), which is $17.27 per month for a FAR superior device that also allows me to stream Amazon, Netflix, etc.
It was a no-brainer before, and being able to get one for $49.99 (including shipping) via Woot makes the deal even sweeter. (The same refurbished model would cost me $79.99 if purchased from TiVo.) While I won't have a three-year warranty on this one, I am perfectly capable of swapping out parts if necessary once the warranty expires, and having a second TiVo in the house will allow me to shuttle programs from one TiVo to the other, to record more shows and to have a far superior piece of hardware compared to the cable company's DVR. If I can keep the box running for three years, it'll cost me $14.49 (including the cable card) per month.
So let's see...
Cablevision's garbage DVR, cost for three years: $644.40 (plus tax)
Refurbished TiVo Premier, cost for three years: $521.98