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    DVR Question

    I have decided I need to finally get out of the VCR world and get a DVR. So I decided to do some research. I was surprised to find that my options are very limited. It appears that best buy and circuit city really only sell DVRs as packages with cable subscriptions (DirectTV for example). Why can't I just go buy a DVR from Sony or some other manufacturer. What am I missing here? Isn't it just a tuner and hard drive with some features? Why does it have to be associated with a provider? I have comcast, BTW, and I have yet to check out what they offer. I would rather own the equipment than pay yet another monthly fee. Any advice would be appreciated.


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    Re: DVR Question

    How about build your own? LINK

    Anyone who has ever slapped a PC together can build their own Freevo instead of buying/subscribing to Tivo.



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    Re: DVR Question

    Its because they are in ka-hoots and want to be able to get a monthly fee from ya. I just sold a 5 year old tv that came with TV GUIDE PLUS, and that stupid thing could tell me what was on the channel of what was gonna be. No phone line or othe bs necessary.Thts all ya need, but they make a lot more money this way.


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    Re: DVR Question

    Or this? MythTV

    I was going to do one of these last fall, but was lazy and set up an MS Media Center PC instead. Whatever you end up doing, though, it will rock.



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    Re: DVR Question

    Regardless of where the DVR comes from (ours is from DISH Network), it ROCKS! I couldn't imagine TV without it. I have the HD version - get 200 hours of regular recording and 30 hours of HD. It doesn't bother me to pay a little extra for the convenience it offers...



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    Re: DVR Question

    "I have comcast, BTW, and I have yet to check out what they offer"

    I have Comcast also, and currently, they charge $11.95 per month for our DVR. I guess I don't mind renting because if something does not work, it isn't my problem. They come out and replace it. You can record two programs at once and the hard drive has a lot of space unless you are recording a lot of HD programing. I think one hour of Dr. Phil takes up about 8-9% of my space. Wait a minute, did I just admit that I DVR Dr. Phil?



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    Re: DVR Question

    Quote Originally Posted by mustangwinner97 View Post
    Cool all-in-one product but I'm too cheap to drop $500 on that device.

    I'm thinking that renting from Comcrap might be my best option.


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    Re: DVR Question

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Cool all-in-one product but I'm too cheap to drop $500 on that device.

    I'm thinking that renting from Comcrap might be my best option.
    To me renting is the ONLY option!! I am with Comcast and have had numerous boxes of different configurations (some replaced due to upgrade and some replaced due to failure) and the monthly fee is all I pay. When the nex box comes up all you have to do is call and get a new one, not pay $500 to $1000 for each new box. For example I just got a replacement dvr last week at no charge and was told that new boxes are on the way.



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    Re: DVR Question

    I called DirecTV last week after doing some research. I told them that my cable company was able to give me a HD-DVR for $8 a month, and they said they would give me the equipment (on a lease, but no upfront costs).

    I had a TiVO up until last week. I like the TiVO's interface and speed much better than the DirecTV PVR, but the hardware on the DirecTV is way more advanced. It's got HDMI outputs, optical and an ethernet jack. The HD programming is paltry at the moment, but its supposed to get better in the fall.

    I have had the UltimateTV, TiVO and DirecTV PVRs. I would say go with the TiVO stand-alone with your cable or satellite if you can afford it. There are a lot of cool features like scheduling programs through the web, downloading movies from Amazon etc. Otherwise I would seriously consider the DirecTV HD-PVR. I got a great deal.



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    Re: DVR Question

    You are pretty much stuck with what your provider offers. I have DTV, and have 2 Directv HD Tivo's and 3 Directv SD tivo's. I am not moving over to the new DTV HD DVR's until there is a reason to.


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    Re: DVR Question

    You can always build your own machine. All that you need is either the appropriate linux distribution with mythtv or freevo, or a MS Media Center edition (or whatever the new equivalent is in Vista - home premium?) Then just add a tuner card and set it up. It's not hard and it's not expensive.



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    Re: DVR Question

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    You can always build your own machine. All that you need is either the appropriate linux distribution with mythtv or freevo, or a MS Media Center edition (or whatever the new equivalent is in Vista - home premium?) Then just add a tuner card and set it up. It's not hard and it's not expensive.
    I agree it doesn't sound difficult. I'm just not that ambitious.


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    Re: DVR Question

    I have the latest HD DVR from Directv. I heard a lot of bad things about it but it works good for me. It's my third DVR. I also had a Tivo/Directv DVR and the Mediacom HD-DVR. It's all good on my 99" screen.

    I've also got a PC that is capable of being a DVR but have never went that route. I did have it hooked up to my cable when I had mediacom so that I could burn ISU games to DVD.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I have the latest HD DVR from Directv. I heard a lot of bad things about it but it works good for me. It's my third DVR. I also had a Tivo/Directv DVR and the Mediacom HD-DVR. It's all good on my 99" screen.

    I've also got a PC that is capable of being a DVR but have never went that route. I did have it hooked up to my cable when I had mediacom so that I could burn ISU games to DVD.
    I'm in the stone ages when it comes to TV and cable. I have a 50" projection TV, standard format, non-HD that serves it's purpose very well. I also just upgraded to digital cable last fall but only because I wanted ESPN fullcourt for the ISU games. I didn't have a problem with the old analog cablel. But the VCR is what annoys me the most. I've seen what DVRs can do and it is what I want. But I don't need the latest and greatest HD, etc. I just want a box with a lot of drive space and some cool features.

    I'm calling comcast tomorrow.


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