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Old 12-12-05, 04:29 PM
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Recording TV DVR

Okay i tried doing a search and just came up with alot of information about dvd recorders regardless of the search terms i used.

My cable company(Cox) offers a dvr box that you can record television to, its basically the same thing as tivo im assuming. My question is are there any boxes out their that I can buy and hook up to my cable so I dont have to rent the box from them and pay a monthly fee. If so any advice on some decent well priced dvr boxes?

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Old 12-12-05, 04:59 PM
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There's really only Tivo left, I believe. The boxes are going fairly cheaply these days, but you still have the monthly fee. That is $13/month, IIRC. Or for $300 you can get the Lifetime usage setup with no monthly fees.

Keep in mind that if you want digital channels, you need to have a cable box anyway. You may as well get the DVR box, it is probably very similar in price. It's not nearly the same as Tivo, but it does record TV for time shifting. You will get better picture quality from the cable DVR than from a standalone.

You can also use a PC as a DVR. If you have one that is capable, it won't cost much to use it as a DVR. Otherwise it costs whatever such a PC costs, or at least some new HDDs to have enough space.
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Old 12-12-05, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Spiky
There's really only Tivo left, I believe.
ReplayTV, competitor to TiVo, is still very much alive, thank you very much!

Read up on it here at its website
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Old 12-13-05, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by dhmac
ReplayTV, competitor to TiVo, is still very much alive, thank you very much!

Read up on it here at its website

Yep. I have 2 of them and they work perfectly.
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Cool. I hadn't bothered to look recently, and you seldom hear anything about them. Do they still have the commercial skipping features? Or did they take those out as rumored?
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Old 12-13-05, 12:16 PM
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Cool. I hadn't bothered to look recently, and you seldom hear anything about them. Do they still have the commercial skipping features? Or did they take those out as rumored?

I think the new models don't have them. It is still pretty easy to jump commercials though: 2 + "quick-skip" = 2 minute jump.
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Old 12-13-05, 10:02 PM
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I think the new models don't have them. It is still pretty easy to jump commercials though: 2 + "quick-skip" = 2 minute jump.
Not quite, its the "> Nav" function.
With one button press you skip through the commercials (1 button click versus automatic on the old models)
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Old 12-14-05, 10:46 AM
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Not quite, its the "> Nav" function.
With one button press you skip through the commercials (1 button click versus automatic on the old models)

Ok. I figured they just went back to what you had to do on the older models (I have a 2000 and a 4508).
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