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Old 01-30-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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I need to summon the power of this frugal community!


I'm getting of dish network's high prices in the next couple of months so im switching to the prime/netflix/hulu route, but there are some shows that I need to watch that's not on those streaming services. (CBS Network) OR when I am home, I like to record sports games for about an hour and start watching them. By doing this, i can avoid all of the commercials. (FOX and football games)


Can you guys recommend me a good priced DVR that does not require a monthly subscription to record shows? (i think tivo charges $15 a month)
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Your other choice is a mythtv box. You would have to figure out how to make one or hire someone to do so. I'm unaware of any pre-made ones.
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Henderson
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If your using a TV antenna, I recommend getting a Magnavox DVR. I have two of them and am very happy with them. There are other choices like the Channel Master but I haven't used that brand.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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If your using a TV antenna, I recommend getting a Magnavox DVR. I have two of them and am very happy with them. There are other choices like the Channel Master but I haven't used that brand.
$400????
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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........there are some shows that I need to watch......
No, there aren't.
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:19 AM
 
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There are some cheap boxes available on Amazon. Most of them are different versions of the same thing.

I have an earlier version of this box:
https://www.amazon.com/ViewTV-AT-263.../dp/B01F5QK562

It takes a little getting used to, but after that it's fine. I've had it 3 years now and it's doing well.

The big thing I learned is that excess heat can cause problems, so I made a little cardboard stand so that air can circulate underneath it to keep it cool.
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I tried one of the cheapies. FUGGEDABOUDIT! Completely unreliable.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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No, there aren't.

Nice contribution! I appreciate your prompt response....
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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No, there aren't.
Ya know, being frugal doesn't mean cutting back or eliminating everything. I'm frugal with probably 95% of my regular expenses. Then there's that 5% area that are things we really enjoy and I'm quite willing to splurge on.

If 49erfan was here bemoaning not being able to buy groceries because he/she needed to spend $40/week at Starbucks, I'd think twice about their interest in financial health. That doesn't seem to be the case here though. It's a splurge 49er already has and they're just trying to be more frugal with that. And to that I say

To that end, the Dish bill is something I'm gonna work on next. Their prices are positively obscene. They've got some new package structuring - but it still cheeses me off to pay for stuff we don't care about and never watch.
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Nice contribution! I appreciate your prompt response....


If you want to watch certain shows, if you prioritize watching those shows, if it's worth it to you to sacrifice in other areas to watch those shows, that's great, have at it, lots of people do and it's fine.

But if you literally think you need to watch certain TV shows, you have far bigger problems than your finances.
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