I am going to get a PVR and wanted to know which one is the easiest to interface with your computer so you can back up your saved shows, I know TIVO is the most popular one but heard Replay has a LAN port built in and is easier to hook up to your computer.......any help would be great.
A few google terms you might want to research include Poopli (for sharing shows over the internet) and DVArchive for extracting (and sending) shows from your ReplayTV for archival on the PC or transfer to DVD.
Tivo's home media option from my understanding has some show sharing capabilities between units but I don't know whether it is easy to download to a pc.
Tivo has announced PC integration for viewing and DVD burning of recorded shows for the next release of their software, coming in a free update to all Series2 Tivos this fall. The feature is known as Tivo2Go.
If you have to buy a DVR today and you require PC integration now, then the ReplayTV is probably the best choice. In two months, Tivo will probably be the best choice.
I personally would get a replay, but maybe that's because I have 2 of them ;-). You can also stream a show to your computer, or watch a show that is achived on the computer on your replay (no need to burn 100's of dvd's, just get a 500 gig hard drive on your computer!) And as an added bonus, if you have children in the house, you can controll which replay has access to which shows... I'm sure that won't keep them out long though.
If you are a DirecTV customer, get a DirecTiVo (or better yet, an HD DirecTiVo). It is hard to beat dual tuners and the ability to record Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
If you are not (and don't plan on becoming one anytime soon) get yourself a ReplayTV--preferably a ReplayTV 50xx series, if you can find any remaining. The 50xx series have Commercial Advance and Internet Video Sharing.
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