we have tivo (3yrs), contract ending; also cablevison/optonline; THEY have tivoish thing. To do?


Our tivo contract is ending in several weeks.
(tivo machine is maybe 3 yrs old)
tivo is really nice.
But we also have cablevision for cable-tv, and combined with optonline.net for fast internet.
cablevision/optonline ALSO has their own tivo-like product.
Question: what to do? . Renew tivo? . Go with the cablevison/optonline-related tivo-thing?
Note: we find tivo not so inexpensive!
I imagine that we are not the only people with this choice to decide on.
So, what do YOU guys say?
THANKS!
David
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On Dec 7, 5:09 pm, snipped-for-privacy@panix.com (David Combs) wrote:

Compared to the user friendly features of the Tivo the Cablevision DVR sucks big time. The channel guide is inferior, very limited info shown, no concept of season pass, no ability to record based on wish lists using actors, subjects, etc. I can only wonder if Tivo has patents that prevent other companies from copying their features.
Only possible advantage to Cablevision would be if the Tivo you have is not HD. You can try out the Cablevision piece of crap for a month for $10 and then take it back. Since you already have the Tivo and Cablevision charges $10 a month, either a lifetime Tivo subscription or paying Tivo by the month is going to work out about the same for you in cost as the piece of crap from Cablevision
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go to http://www.110220volts.com/DVDRecorders/Code+Free+DVD+Recorders +(Region+Free).html website and get a dvr. it will pay for itself. dvr's are pretty much not available in department stores due to the cable and satellite companies coming out with their own and charging you monthly for them.
over seas they are huge........
good luck
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If you read the post, the guy already owns a Tivo DVR.
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

subscription. I wasted 20 bucks on a series 2 at a garage sale before I found that out. One of these days I'll rip the hard drive out of it and reformat it- it ain't worth putting on ebay, judging by the prices they go for. Damn shame, it is in perfect condition, and I hate parting out good equipment.
-- aem sends...
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On 7 Dec 2009 17:09:51 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@panix.com (David Combs) wrote:

The EPG (electronic program guide) allows a easy way to record similar to TIVO but FREE!!!!
This web page explains how the most popular EPG works. TVGOS (TV Guide on Screen Programming) http://www.crutchfield.com/S-fSIYHJu1bmz/Learn/learningcenter/home/tvgos2.html
Use this start page to search for different recorders with a HDD (hard disc drive) You'll have to read the specs of the specific recorder to see if it has a EPG function built in. http://www.videohelp.com/dvdrecorders
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David Combs wrote:

I get similar functionality with the free MythTV software on a Linux server.
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dish charges just 5 bucks\ DVR fee a month per receiver that outputs 2 different channels at once........
has convenient commercial SKIP button:)
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David Combs wrote:

I added TV tuners to a PC and used BeyondTV software for a multi tuner PVR with a huge harddrive.
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OP could buy a lifetime TIVO service contract. last I heard they were available again
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David Combs wrote:

and manually setting the station, date and times to record, I've been very pleased with the Magnavox H2160MW9A HDD and DVD recorder/player. It has a built in ATSC tuner (without TV Guide on Screen Capability) and if you use an HDMI connection to your HDTV, the playback of both the HD and DVD drives is up-converted to 1080i. The 160GB HD enables 60 hrs of recording in the next to the best quality of 6 recording quality choices. You can pause a live broadcast and resume as with a TiVo and record a broadcast simultaneously with watching the playback of a program you previously recorded. You can record up to 36 separate programs for up to 1 month in advance. It sells for about $225 at Walmart, somewhat more at Target. As mentioned by another poster, these types of devices are not advertised and very few outlets sell them. I've been using mine almost daily since it arrived about 2 mos ago, fed by my rooftop antenna, and it has worked flawlessly with both HD and DVD recordings. No monthly subscription needed.
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