Currently I'm stuck with Cablevision whom does not offer a PVR unit.
I've thought long and hard about ReplayTv as it seems better than Tivo functionality.... but the standalone units still feel inadequate compared to their intergrated siblings (Directivo, Ultimate Tv, other Cable DVR's)
The recording capacity bothers me lots. 120 gig HD on a Directivo holds 104 hours at top quality, whereby the standalones will yeild about 40-50 hours at top quality due to analog compression.
The Replay has a toslink audio out.... but cannot record digital 5.1...(what's the point there?)
The channel changing takes 4-8 seconds per click on a standalone.... so I'd really like a Cablebox DVR, but my good friends at Cablevision will most likely have one available around Spring 2020... at least in NY.
Anyway, my question involves the CableCard technology. Does this not open up the market to purchase cable boxes from vendors rather than lease them from the cable company? I know the CC technology is supposed to apply to capable TV's... but this should not limit other companies from manufacturing multi-functional set top boxes with this ability.
Since there are MANY cable companies now offering PVR's to their customers... would I be able to purchase one of their offerings, or a Moxi/ Diego type box and utilize my Cablevision CableCard?
Feel free to flame me if this has been explored before...