Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:21 PM
It's instructive to note that, back in the day when the HR10-250 MPEG2-only HD TiVo first came out, and for about 2 years afterwards, the cost for that HD-DVR was $999! Obviously, you owned it at that price, but customers had to cough up a grand UP-FRONT to get an HD-DVR. Eventually the price came down to $699, and finally, once everyone already knew that HD would require MPEG4, and the HR20 was about to be released, they dropped the price down to $399 to get rid of them. Yes, that $399 was a CLEARANCE PRICE for an about-to-be-obsolete HD-DVR.
Currently, an HD-TiVo v3 is $449 on sale (normally $499), and it can't even work with satellite. So, yes, $499 is a very realistic price of what an HR2x would cost if DirecTV was selling them outright. Of course, you'd always get a new one, but who wants to pay $500 upfront PER HD-DVR, only to have a new model come out in a year and have no one wanting the old one (value drops big time)? Ask iPad owners how this works.
DirecTV's system is a benefit for the vast majority of people, and has greatly increased HD adoption and up-take on the other advanced features that require HD-DVRs. Sure, a few people may not be as happy as they could be, but if you tried to go back to $500 "owned" HD-DVRs, you'd find that far more people would be upset.
Plus, the $500 owned HD-DVR is still fully available if you want it: just call DirecTV, ask for the Access Card department, and tell them you want to order a brand new HR24 to OWN, and they can set you right up. What's that? You don't want to pay that much? Exactly.
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