|TiVo Roamio Plus|
As a result of my last post, I've come to think it would be best for me to buy lifetime service for the Roamio Plus and the Mini, instead of paying for TiVo service month by month. I can get lifetime service on my new gear at the following itemized costs:
TiVo Roamio Plus lifetime service, $500
TiVo Mini lifetime service, $150
Total for lifetime service: $650
Total for lifetime service including initial hardware cost: $550 (hardware) + $650 (lifetime service) = $1200
Now comes the crucial cost comparison.
With lifetime service on all my TiVo boxes, my current monthly outlay would be reduced by $40 (present cost of my Verizon boxes) - $5 (Verizon's charge for one extra CableCARD for the Roamio Plus) = $35 per month.
The payoff period for recouping my initial outlay, with lifetime service included, would be $1100 ÷ $35/month = approx. 35 months, or 2 yrs. and 11 mos. That compares with 40 months if I pay for TiVo service month by month.
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It gets even better. It looks like I would be eligible for a multi-system discount (MSD) on the Roamio Plus, based on my already having purchased lifetime service on the TiVo Premiere.
The amounts charged for TiVo's lifetime service plans, with and without multi-system discounts, are detailed here, and TiVo's terms of MSD eligibility are here.
Note that the TiVo Mini I intend to buy is not eligible for the MSD. But I might reduce my payoff period even further by taking advantage of TiVo's offer of the MSD on the Roamio Plus:
TiVo Roamio Plus lifetime service with MSD, $400
TiVo Mini lifetime service without MSD, $150
Total for lifetime service: $550
Total for lifetime service including initial hardware cost: $550 (hardware) + $550 (lifetime service) = $1100
Time to payoff: $1100 ÷ $35/month = approx. 32 months, or 2 yrs. and 8 mos.
So, taking all the above into consideration, I might reduce my payoff period by 20%, from 40 months to 32 months, if I get lifetime service on the Roamio Plus and on the Mini, and I get the multi-system discount on the Roamio Plus.
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In that scenario, the difference between 40 months and 26 months represents a 35% reduction in the length of my payoff period.
Dropping Aereo makes sense because I expect to be able to use the streaming ability of the Roamio Plus to view local channels on my iPad and my iPhone, just as I do now in Aereo.