I have Directv and Tivo, and answered this in another question. Here's a copy:
A: I haven't seen anyone write here in favor of Tivo and their Lifetime Subscription, so I thought I'd chime in on this subject. I bought my first Tivo almost 5 years ago, and decided to pay for the Lifetime Subscription, versus the monthly service charge. At that time, the Lifetime Subscription rate was $299.00, but it paid for itself shortly after the first 2 years ($13/month x 24 months = $312.00)!
I like that there are NO DVR box rental charges and NO monthly service charges added to my cable or satellite bill every month. I've had both Comcast cable and Directv satellite during that time, and the Tivo has worked perfectly with both of those providers. I'm a 57-year old woman, and I find it very user friendly.
In all of this time, I've never had ANY problems with my Tivo. It was a little complicated to set up, but my son helped me out with that, and he had no problems. He owns 2 Tivos, and they had a problem with one of them, which was replaced with a new unit right away.
Now, I'm shopping for a 2nd Tivo box, and even though the subscription price has gone up $100 since I bought the first one, I intend to buy the Lifetime Contract again. I figure that the monthly service fees will only go up and up as time goes on, and the new Tivo will pay for itself again in short order. Then, I'll continue to have FREE service for the rest of it's life (hopefully, a very long life).
There is ONE negative to point out about using Tivo if you have Directv. The Directv On-Demand-type shows will not work unless you use their own box. Tivo DOES work with Comcast cable tv's On-Demand shows and movies, but NOT with Directv. They didn't tell me that when I switched over to that service, even though I told them that I had my own Tivo box, and also specifically asked about the availability of On-Demand shows. They wiggle-worded their answer about that in a way that made me think that I'd be able to view them. Yes, I WOULD be able to view them, with the service plan that I selected, IF I had their DVR box.
Personally, I find that I've got PLENTY to watch without that, and didn't use it much when it was available to me from the other provider, anyway. So I don't miss that, but it may be important to you.
Yes, it will record 1 channel only not 2 on the Directv service but it will record 1 show on basic cable and 1 show on Directv or 2 basic cable channels or 1 basic cable channel & 1 digital cable channel
answered 5 years ago
- Lumberton, NC