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Anything better then a Tivo?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by FFHUFF, May 27, 2007.

  1. FFHUFF

    FFHUFF Auditioning

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    They just dropped the price of the series 3 Tivos. Im really thinking of picking up a couple of them to replace the Series 2 DTs I have currently. I have all HD plasma TVs and I just finished running all the HDMI cables up the walls and into the hidden component closets.

    My concern is that something better is out there which I have not explored. Can I set up a media PC for under the $1200 that I would spend on tivos? Is there a better option out there in general anyway?

    I could go with one central unit that I could access from several areas of the home at the same time but I want to make sure it runs smoothly. Has anyone set something like this up yet?
     
  2. DeathStar1

    DeathStar1 Producer

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    The problem with Tivo and any cablecard enabled device for me is that they encrypt all Digital Content. WTH is the point of spending $500+ for a Tivo or $1900 for a Cablecard enabled PC if you're so damned restricted with the content? As much as I love getting what new out there the instant price is reasonable, I will skip these lemons.

    You might want to get a ATSC DVD Recorder with Hard drive. They can be found for $160-$300's. I have a non hard drive model at home and despite a minute or so startup time for disc reading, it works like a charm.

    There is also something called the HD Homerun, but I don't know much about that.
     
  3. Qui-Gon John

    Qui-Gon John Producer

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    I have a Panasonic DVD Recorder, works great. So far, it hasn't kept me from recording any content off my cable box. And I don't have to pay a monthly fee, like I would with TIVO or a DVR from my cable company. You set it to record with the timer, just as you would a VCR. [​IMG]
     

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