ouple of years ago that TiVo could do a subscription system here but was shouted down by everyone who said that they paid for a lifetime EPG and that's how it was going to be. Now the life support is going to be turned off.
I suspect that wouldn't have made any difference, as the amount that people would have been prepared to pay, simply for a data feed of freeview channels, wouldn't have covered the cost to run it. How much would you be prepared to pay, a hundred a year? For not much more you can get netflix.
I'm already paying for Netflix, but I would have been happy to pay $5 or a month to keep my Tivo working.