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If TWC locks down everything and you need to use a cable card to tune in all the channels you are paying for, you have 3 choices:
- rent the cable company DVR for a monthly fee
- buy a TiVo Bolt -- $150/yr on top of the monthly cable card rental fee
- build a HTPC running Win-7 and Windows Media Center and add a cable card tuner (Ceton Echo or HDHomerun Prime) -- pay only the monthly cable card rental fee
These are your only cable card choices. You missed the $300 TiVo Roamio Basic (refurb) + lifetime (no monthly fees) deal that went on this summer -- they're all gone. The current $300 offer is for the OTA-only model -- useless for you.
If you reject all of the above cable card solutions, your only other choice is to use a fuani/magnavox recorder to pick up any clear QAM channels that TWC may leave behind (probably HSN) and a cable box feeding the analog input on the recorder to pick up the rest which are encrypted. If you are contemplating buying a new funai/magnavox, get the newer 867 with 2-tuners and 1TB HDD (1000 hr recording capacity claimed, using the lowest recording mode) for the same price as an 1-tuner 557. Going this route means a lot of care and feeding on your part to manage the recordings -- but there is no monthly fee.
- kelson h
The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten . . . life is too short to drink bad wine
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