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    Default TIVO? is it worth it or should i get it thru cable

    what i am trying to see is if you all fine folks have had any experince with this thing, there are 2 models for sale one for hd for 2 tuners and one for digital service and analog, question being will the analog be able to record the basic HD channels, what i am saying is i have a splitter coming from the wall for cable, one going to the tv and one going for the cable box and i am curious if it will record the basic hd channels on regular hd brodcast, basically what i am tring to do is justify paying the lifetime payment of 399.99
    tivo=149.99 for tuner
    to pay for the lifetime charge of the tivo is 29 months for the dvr service where as the charge for cable would be 502.20 for 3 years of service
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    You could invest in a Tivo card for your PC and record shows on your hard drive. It is not as covenant to use but will work to record programs with no monthly fee.

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    Not to jump in, but I have a few TIVO questions. First off, I'm TIVO illiterate, so bare with me. Is there a service charge for using it? Basically I just want to record shows off my TV, kinda like a VCR. I don't need any HD or stuff along those lines-just want basically something to record tv shows. Secondly, can it be hooked up through your satellite? I have DirecTV and I ran the cable from the dish into my VCR in and had a cable connected to my TV from the VCR out. Is this the same setup for TIVO? Any and all help would be appreciated. I'd like to get a DVR from DirecTV, but hell, you have to pay the monthly fee just to have the damn thing. I figure it would be cheaper just to buy a TIVO. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRAMER5150 View Post
    what i am trying to see is if you all fine folks have had any experince with this thing, there are 2 models for sale one for hd for 2 tuners and one for digital service and analog, question being will the analog be able to record the basic HD channels, what i am saying is i have a splitter coming from the wall for cable, one going to the tv and one going for the cable box and i am curious if it will record the basic hd channels on regular hd brodcast, basically what i am tring to do is justify paying the lifetime payment of 399.99
    tivo=149.99 for tuner
    to pay for the lifetime charge of the tivo is 29 months for the dvr service where as the charge for cable would be 502.20 for 3 years of service

    I have the 80 Hour Series 2 DT DVR (this one doesn't support HD programming). This unit records network TV, and all my basic and digital cable channels. Came with a splitter and you connect from the wall to the splitter and then to the cable box, etc., etc. I would imagine that the HD DVR records all the same channels plus all your HD channels.

    I started out with a basic 40 hour TIVO unit, went to a Cox DVR when we switched to Cox cable and have since returned to TIVO. I just like TIVO better, it's easier to navigate, easier to find programs to record, etc. TIVO runs web specials were you can buy a refurbished unit for a really good price.

    Hope this helps......

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    Depends on who your cable provider is. Comcast has a licensing with TIVO for their software. The service upgrades every couple months. Search features have gotten much better.

    The difference between a TIVO and DVR is, that if you're DVR goes bad you don't have to buy a new one, it's covered. Just get a new box. For what the DVR costs a month the net difference is negligible versus TIVO and the monthly service to get the channel guide upates - and no need for a phone line hooked to the TIVO.

    I have had Comcast DVR for 2 years and missed nothing that I wanted. I don't need TIVO's suggestions or other services and I'm glad that when I pause or go to a menu I dont' hear that shitty popping noise.

    Spend $2-3 more a month an be happy. If you have Cablevision in NJ or NY go TIVO, because their DVR software blows (from 2005-2007 part-time living in NJ). But my experience with Comcast DVR has been nothing but positive.

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    I had TIVO for years before giving it up for Verizon last year. I really liked that TIVO recorded shows it thought you would like.

    We had two Direct TV Tivo tuners (non-HD). 80 hours and loved it. I was relunctant to give up Tivo for another DVR since I saw a friends Direct TV with a different DVR and it was not user friendly at all.

    That all being said, I'm very happy with the Verizon setup. HD DVR, 12.95/month (Tivo is 12 a month service). It was a little weird at first, but after bit, I didn't' miss the TIVO at all. The only complaint I have is that there's not too much Hard Drive Space. HD shows take a lot of recording time.

    If you go TIVO and you need HD, make sure you get an HD-TIVO. Otherwise you won't be able to record the HD channels.

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    when I upgraded my cable box to HD, they said I could go all the way to DVR and my bill would actually go down because my equipment was so old.

    I love it, and no money down, no monthly payment.

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    Comcast offers a duel tuner HD/DVR for like $14.00 per month, they also have a standard def DVR for about $8.00 per month.

    I have the duel tuner HD/DVR and its works great, when I moved out here 3 years ago I was staying at my Aunt's house for a couple of months and she had TIVO which I hated and so didn't she, with TIVO you also need a phone line to it which is another cost for a second phone number by your local provider and I don't believe comcast phone lines are compatible with TIVO. I know that they aren't if you only wanted dial up internet and as of a couple months ago they also aren't compatible with the LIFE ALERT SYSTEM.

    I really suggest that you rent these systems from your cable company instead of buying them since the hard drives in them can and will shit the bed at some point in time. And then the cost of repairing it or buying a new would be outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddymon View Post
    Comcast offers a duel tuner HD/DVR for like $14.00 per month, they also have a standard def DVR for about $8.00 per month.

    I have the duel tuner HD/DVR and its works great, when I moved out here 3 years ago I was staying at my Aunt's house for a couple of months and she had TIVO which I hated and so didn't she, with TIVO you also need a phone line to it which is another cost for a second phone number by your local provider and I don't believe comcast phone lines are compatible with TIVO. I know that they aren't if you only wanted dial up internet and as of a couple months ago they also aren't compatible with the LIFE ALERT SYSTEM.

    I really suggest that you rent these systems from your cable company instead of buying them since the hard drives in them can and will shit the bed at some point in time. And then the cost of repairing it or buying a new would be outrageous.
    That is not true.

    I have tivo and it all runs on the same phone line, I have one phone line. My tivo downloads programing at 3AM or when ever I tell it to. If I happen to be on the phone at 3AM it waits until I am off the phone and does it then. If I interrupt the download it saves what it has down loaded and waits to do the rest.

    I love my tivo. I pay $4.95 a month. My parents have comcast and pay $15 a month for that service and have a shitty DVR.

    Do a google search on Direct TV or Dish network vs Cable, 99% of the experts agree that Satellite is the better deal.
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