Well, Nuvyyo is in business to make money, so…
But consider: ReplayTV (for example) developed the technology one time, then spread it out amongst all the machines sold. They had to do some math and some predictions, but still. One time cost. And it became a one-time cost to the end user as well. Once acquired, the technology demanded no ongoing licensing fees. The end user could use it as much, or as little, as he wanted.
Now ponder the Tablo situation: if indeed Nuvyyo is ongoing renting space and time in the Amazon cloud, and gets charged dynamically based on the amount of Amazon cloud computing used, how does Nuvyyo pass that along reasonably to the end user?
You can’t charge everyone the same monthly amount. I guess you could try, but the guy recording 10 shows a week uses FAR less of the ongoing cloud services than does the guy recording 100 shows a week. Or hours. Or whatever.
This now becomes a utility that gets charged based on how much the users uses–that is, if Nuvyyo is simply “passing on” the costs as so many here are excusing them for.
But if they charge a flat monthly fee, that’s not “passing on the costs”. That’s a business model for profit.