Originally Posted by trip1eX
How much will the 5 tuner genie save you over 3 years compared to buying a Roamio?
Being a new customer, he would get a Genie free. Then the cost would be approx $20-$25 a month to use it (Advanced receiver fee). This includes Multiroom viewing, High Def fee, and DVR fee. It would be less expensive to buy the new Tivo, and pay the month to month fee in some cases depending on whether he currently has to pay a surcharge for HD service. If he doesnt, it would be more expensive with the Genie. If he does, it would be about the same as Tivo's month to month rate.
I always buy lifetime. It has worked out well for me so far. I still have my original SVR2000 Sony Tivo with lifetime for a guest room. Works perfectly with a comcast DTR box. Also have lifetime on a TivoHD, Premier, and just recently, an XL.
While its a large chunk of money up front, it eventually pays for itself. My advice to friends, is go month to month and wait until they get their tax return, and use it (or a portion of it) on the lifetime.