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Another TiVo competitor.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by janry, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. DeWitt

    DeWitt New Member

    Jun 30, 2004
    Summit, NJ
    Worth noting from Microsoft's Windows 8 communication, Windows Media Center will no longer be included. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro.
  2. GoEagles

    GoEagles New Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    The only *good* thing about Media Center PCs is that at least if another platform comes out, i.e, Windows 7 --> Windows 8, that can usually be supported. If you have a Series 3 Tivo, and the next platform comes out (i.e., Series 4), nothing really comes out new for you. If you could transfer your $499 PLS for let's say half of the price, I would buy new TiVo hardware all the time. Just my .02. I am really happy with TiVo now though.
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    With lifetime on the box you can buy new TiVo hardware when it comes out. You sell the old hardware to cover 80% to 100% of the cost of the new TiVo with lifetime service. A TiVo with lifetime service has an excellent resale value.
    This has worked well for me. I upgrade when a new model is released. My out of pocket costs ends up being zero or very minimal.
  4. tomm1079

    tomm1079 New Member

    May 10, 2005
    i realized this with series 3 to 4 transition. I sold 2 different tivo hd's for 400 each and got 2 premiere's
  5. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This has worked for years, I sold my Series 1 with Lifetime for some $320 (I paid only $199 for the Lifetime on the early Series 1s) for the Series 2 and it has been this way for each model change..so far, cost to upgrade has been low (in some cases even negative, I made mony), BUT one does have to go through the trouble of E-Bay selling, and some people don't want that hassle.
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    The only reason it works is because the new hardware usually costs less than the old, which you likely paid a much higher premium for. You're basically selling the lifetime service at a discount, based on current prices, and giving the box away for free. You may have gotten the lifetime service at a lower price but the combined total for the Tivo with lifetime was probably more than what you'd pay today, except perhaps for an Elite plus lifetime.

    Works great for me (and lots of other folks, too). It's the best thing to come out of Redmond in a very long time, IMHO. Far more versatile than any Tivo and customizable to look any way you want and do everything a Tivo can do and do it better.

    FYI - Here's a link to a thread over at the AVSForm started by Ryan Whiteman of Whiteman Technologies discussing his DVR:


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