Do you really think TiVo isn't persuasive enough to survive? Sure, this forum is far from representative...but to inspire the kind of loyalty we read of time and time again in posts, surely there must be some glimmer of hope?
Well, Tivo sure hopes so... I do not own Tivos. I own four ReplayTVs. When I was looking into getting a DVR 4+ years ago, I polled my friends, who have owned both. I was told, "Tivos are better at getting your shows. ReplayTVs let you do more once you get them. You'll be happy either way." DVArchive, external storage, and LAN streaming out-of-the-box are what made me by two original RTVs. I now have routines to get my shows to my iPod so I can watch TV while I commute. I've since inherited two more RTVs from friends who have moved on to other options (one a Tivo, one a Cable Co DVR).
When DNNA decided to stop making stand-alone DVR's, I was disappointed. I read the company's financial reports / plans, and they said that the cost of the box, + the subscription could not compete with the service provider provided boxes. Why would someone pay $149 + $299 for a device when I can get one from Time Warner for a small monthly fee?
Consumers look at low EZ payments, not the bottom line.
I would like to think that DNNA was correct in their assessment of the market. Cable DVRs are cheaper to the end user, Tivo has scuttled the Lifetime subscription option since they deem it not profitable, and here we are.....
Unless Tivo can get more people to try it, I think they'll never make it. Unfortunately, the junk that passes as DVR's is too cheap for the masses to invest in.
As you stated before, "Gee, thanks for buying me this box that sucks $13 per month out of my wallet."
Why am I here? Slow Monday, and I am curious how the other half lives.....