As for the cost of providing the service, it is no different than ordering an extra package on your cellphone. Sure my phone can stream NHL games, but I still have to pay the $5 a month for the package. Even though I have all the proper hardware and software, I still have to pay, which is fair, My choice to have it, so I pay for it.
It is not at all the same. This is a poor comparison because although you might have the hardware and software in your phone, you are paying for bandwidth and programming rights.
The whole home scenario merely plays back a recording through your existing wiring. Exactly what does the head end of Eastlink do if I want to watch a movie in another room of my house? And what if I owned the DVR and the second box outright. Am I still going to have to pay $5 per month for Eastlink to unlock this feature? Not on my watch. I draw the line here. This is cheating the uninformed. R&D does not require a monthly fee. A feature like this is not rocket science. In fact, it is built into every Bluray player out there. I can watch recordings on my computer via my network on my TV with my Bluray player.
Here's a link to a document that explains how this works
. It's all in your house. It would appear that there is no cost but a firmware update to Eastlink.
HOW IT WORKS
A media server, such as a Motorola MoCA enabled DVR set-top, delivers DVR content over the home’s existing coax network to already-installed non-DVR, MoCA enabled client set-tops in other rooms throughout the house. With a simple software download, consumers can navigate, view, rewind, pause, or fast-forward from the media server to the media clients.
Since Motorola’s Follow Me TV Solutions rely on an IP network, they can be expanded to support other devices in the home over coax, Ethernet, or wireless connections.
MoCA is a set of specifications for tapping into the unused bandwidth available on in-home coax cabling; http://www.mocalliance.org