It's getting simplified quite a bit, but lifetime membership costs are going up.
Buying a TiVo is weird. Depending on where you get it and how you sign up, you can end up paying a different price.
The folks at TiVo are making it a lot simpler. From this point on, no matter where you buy your TiVo Premiere, you'll be paying $19 a month with a one year commitment. No pre-pays or different subscription models.
If you want to pick up a lifetime service option, you'll be paying $499, which is the same price you'd pay for 25 months. If you're going to use your TiVo for more than two years, this is the way you'll probably want to go.
The units themselves will cost $99 for the Premiere and $299 for the Premiere XL.
Source: Zatz Not Funny