Hard disc recorder without buying a service

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  1. Ronald K

    Ronald K Auditioning

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    Hi,

    Does anyone manufacture a personal data recorder that can be used like a VCR, perhaps with VCR+ codes? I don't want to have a monthly service agreement but would like the ability to record on a hard disc and have the other benefits of a personal data recorder

    Thanks

    Ron
     
  2. MikeM

    MikeM Screenwriter

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    Hi Ronald,

    Well if you don't pay for the TiVo service, it will record, however it will not know what it's really recording. It will be more like a VCR and just recording anything you manually select to record.

    You can always try out the service, and if you don't like it, not re-up. But it's the greatest thing since sliced bread so I think it's definitely worth the $$$.

    Also, another option is to buy a used TiVo with a lifetime subscription from eBay. Then you'd have the full service and no monthly fees. Or you can always buy the lifetime service for an additional $249 on your new TiVo as well.

    The choice is yours.
     
  3. Matt Parsons

    Matt Parsons Stunt Coordinator

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    Ronald,
    The Panasonic ShowStopper (Replay TV) is a hard disk recorder very much like Tivo but w/o the monthly service fee. They are currently discontinuing them, I just bought the last 2 at my local Best Buy, so find them may be a challenge but I know Sears carries them as well. They are on clearance @ Sears for $399-$100 rebate, that includes a "life-time program guide" for no monthly fee. I've seen posts about auctions on eBay and Ubid for them as well.
    For a ton of info on them look here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forum...?s=&forumid=27
     

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