First you should know that I am a huge Tivo fan. In case you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a digital recorder that works like a VCR except it records to a hard drive. It records a continuous 30 min loop so you can pause live TV if the phone rings or nature calls. They now are available for HD TV and it can replace your cable box since it uses the cable cards. It can record two channels at once while you watch another and works with any cable company.
I got my first one as a gift many years ago and I now own three. The oldest one doesn’t have as much recording space as the new ones but it still works. Two of my Tivo’s have the lifetime service plan and when I got the third one, they stopped offering that plan. The lifetime plan allows you to get the Tivo service for the lifetime of the Tivo unit. The Tivo service gives you a TV Guide and many options for recording shows including Season passes, all with the ease of pressing a button. All they offer now are monthly plans with discounts if you pay in advance. The monthly rate is about $12.50.
Here is where the TiVo Christmas Special comes in and why it is so cool. They are offering the LIFETIME service plan on the TiVo HD recorder. They are also throwing in a network adapter which would normally cost you another $40. The cost of the package is $698. While that seems like a high price you have to consider what your getting. The HD Tivo unit worth $299, a wireless network adapter and a lifetime service plan. Do the math on how long the unit will last you and how much you will pay over many years of service. My oldest unit is now about 7 years old and still going.
That’s not the only good deal you’ll get from Tivo. They are also offering the Series Two dual tuner unit for $99.00. Thats $150 less than stores like Best Buy. Look it up and you’ll see. You still have to pay for the subscription service but it’s a great deal.