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Why this isn't true:BlankMan said:This part is real interesting to me because I never heard this slant on the issue before. Regarding dropping TiVo, he said the reason they dropped TiVo was because TiVo wanted to double what they were charging DTV for the service and of course DTV would then have to pass that on to its customers. He said TiVo was losing money and needed revenue and wanted to double the rates to get revenue. I pointed out that even doubled that charge would only be 2/3 what TiVo charges its non-DTV subscribers and I would gladly pay $9.99 a month to keep TiVo. He then went on to mention that DTV could not see charging more for TiVo's DVR when DTV had just as good of DVR on their own. That got a good chuckle.
DirecTV ends up paying TiVo about $1 per subscriber. Doubling what DirecTV pays TiVo (without reducing what DirecTV earns) would mean needing to collect another $1 from everybody. So DirecTV would have to raise the DVR fee from $4.99 to $5.99 to cover this. DirecTV ALREADY raised the DVR fee to $5.99. So it's not a reluctance to charge more in order to pay more to TiVo.
Now maybe TiVo wanted DirecTV to double the charge each customer is paying and to pay them that extra amount, adding another $5 to the charge and to what TiVo gets from DirecTV. I can't see why that wouldn't be a viable option -- in addition to DirecTV's own DVR. A shame that it's just not possible to have choices anymore.