So does Emby....however, a customer can not know a businesses' cash flow and overhead and other factors that affect their sustainability and bottom line.
Just because Plex and Emby can offer Lifetime License option, does not mean Channels DVR can.
I too, prefer a one time pay then never have to worry about it, for something i know I will be using for long time....but, can understand the negative side affect to the business side of such an option. (I do have Lifetime Emby...never liked Plex).
But u already do save a bit doing the current $80 a year Channels DVR Plan. vs the $8 a month plan, which would be $96 a year, which is certainly a bit pricey, imo.
Personally, I do think that $80 a year is a tad bit pricey even, given Channels is lacking a proper desktop PC software and proper Home Media Sever aspect AND multi user profiles, that both Emby and Plex do very well. Where it is at currently, I would be comfortable at $5 per month, or $50 per year.
However, Channels has the unique integration of TVE, and I do not know if they have to pay license fees or something to have that or if that is a factor in overhead. They certainly have to constantly be active in managing and fixing things related to TVE as it seems that is always having some sort of issue or just breaking as the networks/providers are always changing things up.
Factor in that, and ....I still am paying far far less per year to Channels than I was to the big cable company. So it is a win in my book regardless.