I just moved to a new house. At my old house, I had DirecTV, which was great. At the new house, trees which are on city property are blocking my view of the southern sky, so no DirecTV anymore. FIOS TV isn't available in my area either, so hello Comcast. The services which I had with DirecTV (2 leased HD-DVR HR-21s, 1 owned SD-DVR Hughes SD-DVR40 DirecTiVo, HBO, Starz, Preferred channel lineup, HD Access) cost $112, and Comcast wants $169 for the same level of service. HD-DVRs are $16/month each to rent, plus $3/month for a standard receiver rental fee, and they don't seem to offer SD-DVR rentals. So, after cutting some costs (no Starz, going from 3 DVRs to 1), this is what I think my Comcast bill will look like after 6 months:
Digital Starter - $61.36
HDTV - $7.95
Receiver Rental - $9.00 for 3
DVR - $15.95
HBO - $18.95
So, I'm looking for a cheap comcast-compatible SD-DVR to buy, like the Hughes SD-DVR40 DirecTiVo I bought a few years ago for $70 on eBay, but for comcast. I know next to nothing about cable DVRs. A comcast rep I talked to said a TiVo would do, and would even receive Comcast's digital channels if I got their "authorization", which I think means she was referring to the series 2 TiVo HDs with cablecards, which cost like $300 plus $400 extra if you want lifetime service.
So, can I get some recommendations on SD-DVRs which are affordable, comcast-compatible and will work with their digital service?
Update-I talked to a customer support representative at comcast, and he seemed very confused about DVRs. He said that a DVR which you buy won't work on Comcast, only their rented DVRs will work. When I asked him what the price is for renting a standard definition DVR, he had no idea what I was talking about, and said "yeah, we've got high definition receivers. $8.70 a month!", and described TiVos as "like a really powerful VCR" so I have some reason to question his knowledgeability. Can someone put this to rest once and for all? A purchased standard definition cable DVR which is compatible with comcast WILL work on their network, right? They don't force you to rent them from Comcast?