Registered: Jan 2004
More support for the sentiment of this thread!
HMO pricing is too high, and actually deters the spread of Tivo. Like many others, I would be willing to purchase multiple units for the HMO capabilities (show transfer, etc...) but not only do I have to shell out $99 for the first HMO, but $49 for each after that + $13/month for each extra machine... I think not.
Love the Tivo unit I've got, but I think it's a bit pricey right now even for the basic sub. When I speak about the 'Tivo experience' with others, they get excited until they hear about the price of the sub...
Tivo.. if you're going to fend off all the new technologies, you gotta make this thing 'sticky', which means including capabilities like HMO in the basic unit and sub. I understand the cost of providing subscription services (so I shell out the $13/mo), but I don't see the costs you incur for the HMO. In fact, since I have to set up on my home network and provide an Internet connection to Tivo (at least for remote schedule), the costs to Tivo actually go down (no more phone center to support)!
I'm willing to invest additional hardware $$'s to connect my machine to the net, and glad if they lower your costs, if I get something out of the equation (like remote scheduling and/or other HMO capabilities), but I don't think I have to pay Tivo for this privilege.
"Total entertainment" PC's are becoming reality, with lots more capabilities than Tivo, and I'm sure someone is going to find a way to provide 'free' program guide data -- in exchange for ads and/or viewer monitoring (both of what Tivo gets now).
I'd love to see Tivo get a profitable business model together... and volume is it... Pricing HMO in their current manner doesn't do it for me (and probably for many others).
I'll enjoy my Tivo for another year or two before it falls to another technology. Get with it Tivo!
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