I'm about to switch to dish, here's my dilemna about pvr choices

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by JohnTKline, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. JohnTKline

    JohnTKline Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 6, 2002
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    Hey, I've had directv for 3 years. I have the toshiba dst-3000 hd reciever. I want to use a tivo like service. I thought about running a directivo on a seperate input, but, this will cost 10.00 extra a month, and they haven't offered local channles in my area, so I couldn't record ota, and it keeps getting pushed back, and back, and back...

    I don't watch any of the hd programming with directv, because there's not much content and 10.99 is a ripoff. I do like to watch ota hd when I'm home sometimes,but I work 2nd shift. My vcr died, and now I sometimes record ota stuff on the pc, but it's a hassle to watch tv on the computer.
    Now dish is offering the 811 hd box basically for free with a one year service, and they offer local channels in my area,(go figure). I thought about selling my directv hd box and applying the money toward a standalone tivo. Or I could order a 2nd reciever from dish that has pvr, but then again, that would be an extra 10.00 a month. So 10.00 extra a month, or 300.00 for the tivo service, it would take about 3 years before I really lost money, and who's tivo is guaranteed to last 3 years?

    I know I could wait around for the hddirectvio thingy, or the dishpvr 921, that probably will be awhile, buggy, and who knows if locals with directv will still be off-line to me.Let's just say I've waited for 18 months for locals, otherwise I would've gotten the directivo a long time ago.

    I just want to be able for the family to record ota and satellite. Like I said even though I've had this tosh hd box for 3 years, I might get to watch what's on Sat+Sun night in hd if it's a good program, and sometimes Monday Night football.

    Any thought, suggestions....let me know, I did order the dish deal but it's a couple weeks to installation so I could delay/cancel if someone enlightens me to a better alternative...or maybe I should just get another"cringe" vcr...


  2. Stephen Tu

    Stephen Tu Screenwriter

    Apr 26, 1999
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    Definitely wait for HD DirecTivo. Local digital channels are recorded OTA with that box, so DirecTV not providing locals via sat is a non-issue with that box.

    Once you get used to a Tivo, you'd be greatly annoyed that you'd still only be able to watch HD live. Wait a few months, get HD PVR.

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