Diehard Tivo user - effect of HD price

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Ariel817, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

    May 10, 2006
    Miles away...


    You misconstrue my comment as an attack against those willing to pay what Tivo is charging. It is not.

    I simply intended to point out that just because someone has the means and motivation to purchase an S3 doesn't mean they would.

    I knew I shouldn't have clicked on this thread... :rolleyes:
  2. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

    May 10, 2006
    Miles away...
    Comcast is my current cable provider. Outside of the digital cable package (which would exist either way), I pay:

    $9.95 per DVR. I paid nothing up front, and can cancel at any time. If one breaks, I take it to the office and get a replacement.

    So $19.90 per month, before the price increase in January (which will bring it to 28.90).
  3. ChuckyBox

    ChuckyBox New Member

    Oct 3, 2005
    That's right. They also need the opportunity.
  4. CTLesq

    CTLesq Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    SF Bay
    Actually what you said was "because you can afford something doesn't mean it's a good idea to buy it". That is different than what you now claim you mean.

    You made a value judgement about what would or would not be a good use of their money.

    You also comment that you would spend $1600 on a watch. I presume, because you are spending your own money freely that you view that as a good use of your money. Which is fine.

    What I question is why your choice of how you spend your money is any more valid than how someone else chooses to spend their money.

    I didn't misconstrue anything.
  5. kido

    kido New Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Chicago, IL


    okay, so your paying $19.90 for 2 cable company dvrs. pretty typical.

    tivo's 3 year plans match that ($12.95 + 6.95), and prepay beats it, no announced plans to raise rates next january, but we will see ;) but i have to buy the S3s and commit to 3 years.

    what i do not have to do, unlike you, is buy a digital cable package from my cable provider. i can get the cheaper analog packages plus cablecards to get the HD channels and save anywhere from $10 to $30 per month for roughly the same programming. if i live in the city and receive local OTA HD channels, i can skip the cablecards, and save an additional $10 per month, or i am interested in only in locals OTA HD, i can drop cable completely, saving myself $60 per month, a typical minimum digital package cost.

    i can also switch providers without loosing my saved programs or having to learn a new dvr interface. and i own my S3's and could potentially sell them to offset some of the initial cost, or upgrade the capacity of the internal drives if i am so inclined.

    so the way i see it, it costs you $20 per month for 2 cable company dvrs while it would cost me about $20 per month for tivo service for 2 S3s. however, you are stuck at $60 per month for your content, while i can provide content for my S3s for the same, less, much less, or even for free depending upon my location and the stations i am interested in.
  6. samo

    samo New Member

    Oct 7, 1999
    Are you saying that this statement is incorrect?
    And what is wrong with telling people how they should spend their money? Billions are made in this field of advisement. At least classicX doesn't ask for money for his advise. :)
  7. timo123

    timo123 New Member

    Sep 13, 2004
    Fullerton, Ca
    Damn, now I'm pissed. I had always thought Tivo was a great product but now it looks like the S3 is only for the elitist audio/video snobs... way to go Tivo!!! ;)
  8. errwatt

    errwatt New Member

    Nov 27, 2006

    Definitely an interesting point here. This is the first I hear people actually saving $ with S3. Nothing againts this, and I in fact support and have the expensive cable $$$ that I am paying now. Gosh $60+ for Digital Plus package from Comcast !!

    Anyway, I can't figure out how to get free cable here without any subscription and I figured that I would only get local channel 1-13, but not anything else encrypted by cable. So it doesn't do me any good since I watch a lot of sports channel like espn1/2 & fox sports world.

    so dropping $1K for s3 but not being able to actually record any of my favorite show would actually be "no deal"

  9. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yowza. A *watch*, when a $25 Casio will tell time just as well??

    As opposed to some electronics (with lifetime subscriptions for $400 more in the above example) that'll last a very very long time.
  10. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    ...... who will pay anything for anything with a THX label, but then not pay the cable co. and go off and get only OTA HD channels with an antennae.
    :p :) ;) :p

    P.S. all the while thinking its ok to generalize equating the content you get OTA to digital cable while talking money and value. ;)
  11. CTLesq

    CTLesq Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    SF Bay
    Correct or not is not the point. My issue is when people on this forum believe they know how to better spend your money.

    How bengin of him!

    How to spend their money? Or that their expenditure is better than yours?

    Its a free market (well not free enough). As such you should care less how I spend my money and I should care less how you spend it. Its the do-gooder mentality that I know how to spend your money better than you that annoys me.

    You very well may be making a better decision than I am. I don't care about that.

    Although I care very little about this argument as well on a Saturday night. I have a magnificent steak dinner awaiting me in 76 blocks downtown from where I am now in Manhattan.

    No one can argue with that expense!

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