Via ParentHacks, I’ve learned that the price on a TiVo Series 2 80-hour Digital Video Recorder has been slashed at Amazon.com — there’s $100 knocked off the retail price of $299.99 coupled with a $150 rebate, meaning that the thing is now just $50! There’s an extra fee for a monthly subscription required — which is either $12.95/month or $16.95/month (can’t quite tell from the TiVo website).
Although we don’t watch much TV together as a family, the Mrs. and I recently talked about getting a TiVo so that she could watch some of the HGTV and TLC shows which run in that 8:00-9:00 slot that always seems to be taken up by putting the Doodlebug to bed. And I’m getting Doodlebug up earlier now with school starting back, which means that she doesn’t have The Wiggles on TV now to keep her out from under my feet while I’m getting us ready to leave in the mornings; it sure would be nice to have 3-4 Disney Channel shows queued up every morning. So the rock-bottom price on the unit itself seems very attractive now.
Still, it’s an expense — especially those reasonable-sounding monthly subscription fees — and I dislike spending money on TV beyond the basics.
Anybody got an opinion on this out there?