Edit: atmuscarella beat me, but mine is a "less costly" version of a 3 room setup
Here's mine analysis based on current pricing for Time Warner Cable.
Again, Assuming a 3-year period, no TWC promos, and a 3-room setup with main DVR and basic client boxes in the other 2 rooms.
Whole House HD-DVR & HD Box Package $42.99/month (main room and 2nd room)
HD Box $10/month (for third room)
TWC for 3 rooms = 52.99/month *36 = $1907.64
A TiVo Roamio Plus with two Minis with lifetime service, and CableCARD rental for three years ($2.50/month for TWC)
I'll also point out that the TWC DVR is only 2-tuner. The client HD boxes are single tuner, so they don't rely on the main box for Live TV as the Tivo setup would, so for comparison purposes, I'll say the TWC setup has 4 tuners.
TWC would be over $400 more expensive over 3 years, not including Tivo resale value after 3 years, has significantly fewer recording tuners (2 versus Tivo's 6), and has half the recording capacity of Tivo (500 GB versus 1 TB).
At these prices, Tivo on a TWC system is a no-brainer. Yes, you have to deal with SDV, but I have experienced only minor headaches with the tuning adapter.
Last edited by tatergator1; 08-20-2013 at 11:30 AM.