You're making a jump there. All I meant was that because the free version will not work "out of the box" with Windows 8, or any future Windows release, TiVo is making the decision to require the purchase of Plus because it includes the codec required to guarantee playback of .tivo files. There is no guarantee they will do any more development on the product just because you're paying for it. The Plus version has been for sale for like 5 years now and has not been updated much at all in that time. Not true! At least not for TiVo files. TiVo files are in a special .tivo container which encrypted and only converted to standard MPEG02 after being run through the included DirectShow filter. VLC is not DirectShow based so it has no way to decrypt the .tivo files and thus no way to play them. To play .tivo files in Windows 8 you need a DirectShow MPEG-2 decoder. There are some free ones out there, but technically they violate the MPEG-LA license so TiVo can't really recommend people use them.