Originally Posted by ninjagator
Yea The lifetime is not an option right now. I got rid of DriecTV last December and got cable to get a Romeo. The cost of entry has kept me with a Comcast X1 for the year which after 6 months was $15/month.
I was looking to see what people thought of the refurbished unit taking into acct the $50 replacement price from Tivo.
Resale value is meaningless to me. I would never sell it.
You say that now, but you may change your mind down the road assuming you want to upgrade or some other factor intervenes. Having this option regarding residual value just makes your acquisition costs more affordable.
Besides, if you keep your new TiVo for at least 2-1/2 years you will have saved money over the monthly/yearly subscription plan, and with each succeeding month your savings will increase. For someone like you who fully intends to purchase for the long term, PLS is the eminently more economical choice.
OTOH, if you have absolutely ruled out PLS, then you have to accommodate yourself to spending more for the same product/service. It then becomes a choice between the least undesirable option. Think of it in terms of renting any consumer product (furniture, TV, etc.): Over the medium to long term, you will almost always pay more for the rental than if you purchase outright. And not only will you have spent more, but you will have no equity in the product (for the TiVo, this relates to the service component).