| || Well, I have 5 xbox360 extenders and use W7MC. I paid on average $120 for each of them, and they average 2 years old. I can sell them for $100 if I wanted to. So after two years, they have lost $20 in value.|
So 24 months for $20 is about $1 a month per Xbox including money factor.
Up until very recently MSFT allowed XBG family packs which would allow 4 people to use the consoles (use roam for the 5th) for $99 a year, and if you were keen, $60. That works out to $1.25 per month.
Now I have FiOS, but if I search around I don't think I can find a gaming platform, media platform, and STB for $2.25 a month.
On top of that my W7MC runs in a VM, so it runs along side my other apps only consuming 2 2 TB drives. Oh, and I save $20+ a month on that.
Also, if Verizon pisses me off, I simply pull out my cablecard and swap in a TWC one and nobody in the house knows the difference.
So if I look at my 5 TV's and DVR thats saving over $60 a month with the plus of having all the media apps and the occasional game.
In Canada they allow STB purchases, and a VAST majority of people buy because DUH we are being pillaged in the US in STB and other lease fees, THATS WHY.
So Verizon gets $80 out of me per month, instead of $150. That $800 a year I pocket pays for tablets and other educational material for the kids plus some.
It's all about Mediaroom This was on Xbox 360 because Microsoft released a Mediaroom client for that console. AT&T didn't have to put any resources into it, other than enabling it and sending out the install kits.
This isn't on Xbox One because Microsoft abandoned and sold Mediaroom to Ericsson.
I imagine the Xbox 360 support is going away because of upgrades to the Mediaroom platform AT&T is using, and since Microsoft no longer owns Mediaroom, the updates won't make it to the 360.
This is completely different than TWC, Comcast, or FiOS apps which are custom apps built by those companies and the streaming is separate from the cable services they provide. The U-Verse app for 360 was simply a Mediaroom client written by Microsoft, not AT&T, that connected to the service in exactly the same way as the set top boxes.
Re: In this day and age
said by ke4pym:You can. There just aren't that many options. There's TiVo, a smattering of PC tuners, and more recently, this new box from Samsung.
Why can't I go out and buy my own STB?