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When you get that DVR, you will kick yourself for having lived without it for so long.
Originally Posted by medussa
I kick myself every day! We have Cox Cable DVR and it is the best $15 a month I've ever spent. I'll echo everyone else, it is super easy to use.
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I have Tivo with Directv and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!







I have Tivo with Directv and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by picklesgirl
I do too and it's the best!!
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you don't need a service/subscription to use/build your own DVR device. Just google Sage TV. Hubby built his own, purchased two tuners, installed them in a tower, hooked it up to the TV. We bumped down our cable to the basic (step below digital) and he's able to use the DVR to record all his shows.
you don't need a service/subscription to use/build your own DVR device.
Originally Posted by marielle448
My problem is that I have a cable box and right now I can only record the channel that I am watching with a VCR or a store bought DVR.

I called the cable company to get information and the only way to record one show while watching a second show is to have the cable company's DVR or ...and this is a big maybe....is to have a VCR or DVR with an auxiliary mode.

I haven't been able to find a VCR or DVD or DVR with an auxiliary mode.
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that's why we got rid of the digital - because it eliminated the cable box problem. We still get channels 1-77 around here (had to include food network of course LOL) and that way hubby can hook up the two tuner tower to the main TV.
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marielle...do you have an idea about how much that cost overall to build?
that's why we got rid of the digital - because it eliminated the cable box problem. We still get channels 1-77 around here (had to include food network of course LOL) and that way hubby can hook up the two tuner tower to the main TV.
Originally Posted by marielle448
just called the cable company to see if i can get rid of the cable box. i will only get 19 channels without the the cable box.

i wouldn't need a DVR with only 19 channels.
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hubby's setup is a that of a true techie - he has a dedicated tower he built himself to which he added two dual tuner PCI cards so that he technically has 4 tuners. These run about $150 a piece (not including the computer) and then you have to pay the initial fee for the software from Sage TV which runs around $30. He hooked up a keyboard and wireless mouse to the TV as well but you can get away with just the remote that goes with the tuners. We have a wireless network at home so he can view the shows on the main TV in the living room or in his home office where he accesses the shows from and can view on his lcd monitors.

However, he readily admits that the easiest and most cost effective way would be to get a decent tower (just making sure that you have enough hard drive space for your shows) and getting two USB tuners that hook up via USB cords and can be ported to other computers. These run about $150 each and then you pay for the initial software.

here's the link to the Sage TV site:

http://www.sagetv.com/

You don't have any subscription service the only time you'd ever have to pay anything additional is you decide to upgrade your software and a very nominal fee (hubby hasn't felt the need to upgrade his version and as you can see from the setup he's big on the latest of everything).
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It really is an amazing thing. It's perfect because it's so easy to use, you just hit record - no more searching for a tape to record on. It's worth the money - for me, it was just $10 more a month (I already have digital cable, though). I use it all the time.
I suggest getting the dual box, so you can record one program and watch a different one at the same time. The single one requires you to watch what you're recording. Plus, with the dual, you can record two things at once (although then you have to be watching one of the things).

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With the dirctv one you can record one and watch something different or record two at the same time and it's only $4 or $5 extra a month. And if you watch for specials you can sometimes get the DVR box for free or really cheap. I have a friend who has dishnetwork and her DVR can only record what she's watching. What's the point of that. All I know is that Tivo has saved us from fighting over what to watch







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It's all about the receivers. When I had Tivo with Directv, I had a dual receiver that could record 2 shows at once (you had to watch one of them OR something already recorded). My bedroom had a single recorder that only recorded 1 thing at a time and you had to watch it or something previously recorded.

Now I have Dish Network with the DVR. I have a single reciever in my bedroom and one in the family room. They record 1 thing and you have to watch it or something previously recorded. Then I have a dual receiver in the livingroom, it records 2 things at a time and is connected to the tv in the livingroom AND a seperate tv in the basement. SO.....it can be recording 2 different things at the same time. Plus, someone can be in the living room watching something recording or previously recorded, while at the same time, I can be in the basement on the treadmill watching what it's recording or something previously recorded - not the same thing being watched upstairs. Did that make sense?

Ultimately I can record 4 different things at the same time at my house. Again I will repeat - I am pathetic!
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mandyv...did ya get a DVR?
Hubby & I got a DVD recorder/ HDD. It has a 160 GB hd, which should be plenty for us ...can't wait to set it up!

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