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1rudeboy wrote:So, someone please. Answer me this from first-hand knowledge once and for all. Can I use this thing as a drv without all the fancy tivo bells and whistles, guide, etc. and not have to pay the monthly fee?
Not for long. You'll have to pay for one month just to get it set up. After that runs out, they send a de-activate signal to it, and it won't record anymore, except as a 25 minute buffer for "pausing live TV". If you disconnect it from the internet, you might be able to keep it going for a few months, with no updates to the scheduler you'll have to set up recordings manually. But eventually it will bum out about not being able to contact the mothership and put itself into buffer-only mode. I found all this out when the subscription ran out on my series 3 and I couldn't afford to re-up. Been out of work for a while.
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crossoverking41 wrote:What is better Tivo, Verison DVR, or Comcast DVR?
TiVo, hands down. At least for me.
The major advantage of the TiVo software is that it's very easy to record a series. For example, you can tell it to grab all the first-run copies of a program and it'll get them wherever they're aired, and record them only once. The Verizon DVR I have with my FiOS connection won't reliably do that - it misses episodes, doesn't get episode titles often and duplicates things. For example, since I'm a Doctor Who fan, I want as many episodes as I can get. The TiVo would easily do that with a season pass, but the VZ DVR fails. Having 5 episodes of Dr. Who with nothing other than the date they aired doesn't help. Having episodes that start recording 30 minutes late doesn't help, either.
Also, this DVR has a huge amount of storage compared to the VZ DVR and it's very easily expanded if you're computer savvy. Not so for the cableco DVRs - open it up and you're in big trouble.
Convenience, ease of use, high capacity. What more can you ask for?
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