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Old 01-31-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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TIVO is GREAT! A 140 hour recorder came with our AT&T U-Verse account and I can watch one thing, record something else (up to three other programs), record program series, search for an actors name or title to record, just about anything I want. It even records in high-def.

I hardly ever watch live tv anymore; it is wonderful.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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Why pay for a subscription service when you can just buy a DVD tuner/recorder with a hard drive? Many companies make them, no subscription service necessary.

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We have a DVD recorder. The discs are expensive and in no time at all no longer work when you record much at all. You cannot record and watch another tv program at the same time. You cannot record more than 1 program at a time either.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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TIVO is GREAT! A 140 hour recorder came with our AT&T U-Verse account and I can watch one thing, record something else (up to three other programs), record program series, search for an actors name or title to record, just about anything I want. It even records in high-def.

I hardly ever watch live tv anymore; it is wonderful.
Who do you have your TV through? Is it Comcast?

I know I can't live without Tivo. I would LOVE to have one with the larger hard drive like that. When I have more money, I am going to buy an HD Tivo that I can use with Directv.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:32 PM
 
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We have Dish Network and have a DVR that is a dual recorder. It is one unit that sits in the basement, but goes to not only that tv but the one in our bedroom as well. So we can record two shows at a time, or one show records while we watch another.
Same concept as tivo - just Dish Networks version.
Can't imagine watching tv any other way.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I rent/lease Comcast digital cable with a HD dual-tuner DVR. I love it. I only wish it could hold more HD recordings. It has a 120 GB hard drive which will hold up to an estimated 90 hours of standard digital TV or 12–20 hours of HDTV. I wish it would hold more. Here's the unit I have. I'd rather rent so that if something goes wrong, I just take the unit to the local cable store and get another one. Plus, the technology is changing so rapidly, I don't want to buy something that will be outdated in a year.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I rent/lease Comcast digital cable with a HD dual-tuner DVR. I love it. I only wish it could hold more HD recordings. It has a 120 GB hard drive which will hold up to an estimated 90 hours of standard digital TV or 12–20 hours of HDTV. I wish it would hold more. Here's the unit I have. I'd rather rent so that if something goes wrong, I just take the unit to the local cable store and get another one. Plus, the technology is changing so rapidly, I don't want to buy something that will be outdated in a year.
Check with the manufacturer of your unit. Tivo has the ability to install a larger hard-drive inside the unit OR purchase an external unit for MORE memory. It looks alot like an external hard drive you might purchase for your lap top. I have heard this about HD programming that it takes up alot of space.

You might find some techno geek in your area and find out if there is someone who can install the hard drive for you, of course it will void the warranty.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:49 AM
 
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Well after posting this thread, looking online, and speaking with Direct TV today, I bought a used Direct TV HD DVR receiver with TIVO on Ebay today. Get this...with Direct TV you can lease (not buy) a receiver that is not HD for 100 + 20 shipping or an HD receiver for 200 + 20 shipping. You MUST sign a 2 yr. contract to keep subscribing to the TIVO for 2 years. The cost for the TIVO is $6 a mo for non-HD and 10 a mo. for HD for the TIVO. OR you can do what I did, find a new or used one on Ebay or Amazon and NOT have to have a contract and just pay the monthly fee and pay $20 to get an access card. They said if you were even able to buy a new HD receiver from the it would be over $700! You have to sign a 2 yr. contract and do not even own the receiver. For $140 I bought a receiver that has the access card so I only pay $6 a mo. and no contract. No brainer as far as I can see!
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Well after posting this thread, looking online, and speaking with Direct TV today, I bought a used Direct TV HD DVR receiver with TIVO on Ebay today. Get this...with Direct TV you can lease (not buy) a receiver that is not HD for 100 + 20 shipping or an HD receiver for 200 + 20 shipping. You MUST sign a 2 yr. contract to keep subscribing to the TIVO for 2 years. The cost for the TIVO is $6 a mo for non-HD and 10 a mo. for HD for the TIVO. OR you can do what I did, find a new or used one on Ebay or Amazon and NOT have to have a contract and just pay the monthly fee and pay $20 to get an access card. They said if you were even able to buy a new HD receiver from the it would be over $700! You have to sign a 2 yr. contract and do not even own the receiver. For $140 I bought a receiver that has the access card so I only pay $6 a mo. and no contract. No brainer as far as I can see!
While I am a commited Directv person, their DVRs SUCK !! I have been a customer long enough that they offered to give me one free. I went through three of them in like 2 months because the ones they sent me didn't work. I finally gave up and got one from Ebay. You will LOVE it.
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