Originally Posted by atmuscarella
Not sure when the last time was you bought a TiVo but this part of your statement makes no sense currently.
As of the time of this post the cost of the 3 current TiVo models was exactly the same at bestbuy.com as they were on TiVo.com. TiVo does not and as far as I can remember never has offered a "time agreement" to purchase a TiVo DVR.
Regardless of where you buy a new TiVo you still have to pay extra for service. The price and options on how to pay for service have changed allot over time. If someone has been allowed to retain an old lower cost service plan depends on a set of circumstances that seem to change over time and are of course not published by TiVo.
Bought my last tivo in January (Elite). I get emails from tivo all the time for reduce price units if I agree to yearly sevice IE by premier for 49.00 if I sighn a 2 year 19.99 service plan
Bought my first tivo in october 2002 in 2003 added the duel tuner for the bedroom, upgrade to hd tivo, upgraded to hd large, upgraded to premier, upgraded to elite. my current set up is an Elite in front room and a premier in bedroom. At one time I had 1 tivo at 12.99 and 1 tivo at 6.99. now prices have gone up and sales tax added to the price that didn't use to be there.
Prices went up alot when I got into the premier range and sales tax was added during the HD days