and don't you hate having to delete stuff from your DVR all the time? i'm always hovering around 10-15% free space on my DirecTV fake Tivo. There are shows I didn't ever get time to watch that end up being deleted, some that I watched, but would prefer to save and rewatch again at some point, and some stuff I'd like to save forever and have a "library" easy to access on my dvr... But the space is always a constraint. So many posters being dismissive of the Tivo "Elite" with it's 4 tuners and 2 Terrabytes of space are being disingenuous, I think. 2TB storage is huge and would be most welcome.
If I wanted to pay-per-view for on-demand I'd click a button on my DirecTV remote.
When Apple has live football games in its cloud, and lets me watch them for the price of a monthly cable bill, then you'll have a point. Until then, they've got nothing bittorrent doesn't have for free already.