The San Jose, Calif.-based company is expected to announce Wednesday at a New York event price cuts for services used with its Series2 standalone digital video recorders (DVRs). TiVo’s networking software–called Home Media Option and had previously cost $99–will become part of its standard service offering for both monthly and lifetime subscribers. The company will also offer those with multiple TiVo boxes a price cut for additional recorders. The monthly subscription rate for the first recorder will remain $12.95, but additional recorders will cost $6.95. Lifetime subscriptions will remain $299.
I think this ia a good thing. Including HMO as a standard part of the service gives them a competitive boost. And it gives them the online programming, transfer between units, and photo viewing ReplayTV has included for a while – plus MP3 playback.
I just hope there aren’t too many people whining about having paid for HMO. (I’ve paid for it on three units – I don’t expect any kind of refund, it is just how things are.)