Australia Gets TiVo Minus the Subscription Fees

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The Seven Media Group is so excited to distribute TiVos in Australia before the Beijing Olympics (and worried about fierce regional competition) that they're actually offering the boxes with full service sans subscription fees. If you ask the average non-TiVo user why he/she uses an alternative DVR, 9 out of 10 people will probably point to recurring costs. Even with TiVo's lifetime subscription back in action, the company still asks for a lot of money to provide basic DVR services. Not to stereotype here, but you're telling me that Australia gets boxing kangaroos, Crocodile Dundee and free TiVo service? Lucky! [SMH via Zatz Not Funny]