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qwerty11 11-09-2011 07:49 AM

I have already confirmed through Comcast that I can buy an HD box and not have to pay the second box fee, but would this be the same with a DVR?

Brad Bishop 11-09-2011 04:53 PM

You can buy a TiVo and then, typically, lease the cable card from the cable company for $1-2/month.

armornone 11-24-2011 04:42 PM

I like ReplayTV better( download to your PC, commercial skip,etc..) but the only problem is dealing with changing channels with that stupid cable boxes. You need to know how to figure out the entire IR blaster code thing.

Waseem 12-22-2011 06:11 PM

Hi Qwerty11

What I would suggest is the Magnavox RMDR515H/F7. This is a DVR with a DVD burner and a 500GB hard drive built in. It has a nice digital tuner that can pick up most of the digital cable signals from Comcast. I would suggest you check it out at:

http://www.magnavox.com/p/index_player.php?id=60

I maybe able to buy a refurbished unit from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Magnavox-MDR51...4605296&sr=8-3) and save some on a great unit.

I own one and I have Comcast, and it works great. I still use the cable box with it for the scrambled channels but all in all the digital tuner does most of the work.

Hope I wetted your appetite ;-)

Waseem

wajo 12-22-2011 06:19 PM

Click #1 in my sig. for an indexed list of info and help files on the Mag HDD/DVD recorders.

jon t 04-16-2014 11:37 AM

I just checked with comcast and the answer is no. We cannot buy "dvrs" and skip on paying the rental fee to comcast. We can only buy "modems" and have them 'activated' by comcast.


realdreams 07-12-2014 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jon t (Post 24613881)
<p>I just checked with comcast and the answer is no. We cannot buy "dvrs" and skip on paying the rental fee to comcast. We can only buy "modems" and have them 'activated' by comcast.</p>

Of course they say u cant so u can rent one from Comcast...1st CableCARD is free with Comcast...

Haywood Jablomi 02-18-2015 04:48 PM

TiVo with a CableCARD is the easiest to set up and use and it provides a greatly superior experience to Comcast's crappy DVRs. Whether or not it will save you money is entirely debatable. I don't particularly recommend going the Windows Media Center route unless you are very tech savvy and don't mind fiddling. I did that for two years and found it to be a pain in the ass due to my less tech savvy wife and kids.

viziotvowner 03-01-2015 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Brad Bishop (Post 21191989)
You can buy a TiVo and then, typically, lease the cable card from the cable company for $1-2/month.

1st cable card from comcast is FREE, verizon the greedy bastard charges $5. I switched to comcast for this exact reason. I will never support someone like verizon that charges for freaking cablecard!

Quote:

Originally Posted by jon t (Post 24613881)
I just checked with comcast and the answer is no. We cannot buy "dvrs" and skip on paying the rental fee to comcast. We can only buy "modems" and have them 'activated' by comcast.

lol listening to anything CS or salesman tells you.

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Originally Posted by realdreams (Post 25689025)
Of course they say u cant so u can rent one from Comcast...1st CableCARD is free with Comcast...

yup exactly this, before I bought it. The comcast rep told me he was gonna charge $2.5 and I had to tell him that it's free and I went on about comcast policy, I knew more about comcast than him and he hung up on me.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Haywood Jablomi (Post 31911073)
TiVo with a CableCARD is the easiest to set up and use and it provides a greatly superior experience to Comcast's crappy DVRs. Whether or not it will save you money is entirely debatable. I don't particularly recommend going the Windows Media Center route unless you are very tech savvy and don't mind fiddling. I did that for two years and found it to be a pain in the ass due to my less tech savvy wife and kids.

It is so simple, if you can use ur comcast box u can easily set up tivo. I got the tivo romio plus and bought myself a lifetime membership. $900 bucks. I don't care if it cost more, the experience and the user friendly is worth it.


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