said by Joe12345678:
at least you are not forced to rent your washing machine at a high price (and 3rd party ones are locked out) and when it breaks they don't try to bill the cost of a new one for one that is 3-5 years old.
breaks, you get a replacement at no charge - one of the advantages of the rental model. When you
break it, you have to pay for a new one.
You're not forced to do anything. You can purchase a Tivo and use it if you prefer. When your Tivo breaks and it's out of waranty, it's all on you to replace it.