Originally Posted by mrgreeneyes
Sorry its taken so long to say thank you..Do I need to sign up for their services to??
TiVo offers a service which is a combination of a license to use their software, which they wrote, which works in conjuction with a Linux based operating system, and the guide data.
The hardware is what you need to be able to use that service if you elect to pay for that service.
That the hardware may have some very limited capabilities without the subscription is not really relevant one way or the other.
TiVos have always been relatively inexpensive for the hardware involved at the time the particular model came out, the idea being that TiVo, Inc. would make their money from the subscriptions without which the hardware is of very limited use.