Originally Posted by rphman
i am thinking of getting the tivo hd...with the hard drive capable of recording 20 hours of hd programming...
i am not going to suscribe to tivo service..i have an antenna which i use to get my hi def channels...i can not get cable in my area due to being in a rural area..i do not have satellite either...
TiVo sells their DVR at a loss, hence the need for the subscription. Based on their last annual report, TiVo takes about a $100 loss on the sale of the hardware. The subscription for the remaining cost of the hardware, the cost of software and software development, and the cost of guide data (which is not free for TiVo).
If you don't want to pay annual or yearly fees, TiVo allows customers to pay extra upfront to eliminate all future fees. This is called a lifetime subscription.
Refer to the TivoHD FAQ
for more information, including screenshots and videos of the TivoHD in action.