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Originally Posted by mrisso256 View Post
If there is a DVR that I can buy and not pay some monthly charge to the DVR company, I really want to know what it is.

TWC will lease a cable card for a very reasonable mothly fee. If all I have to do is buy the DVR with a 4TB hard drive in it and plug in the TWC cable card (I'm actually paying TWC for the encryption key more than the hardware) I'm fine with that.

But I haven't found this DVR unless your referring to a DVR that I have to pay a monthly fee to the DVR company on top of the monthly fee that I have to pay TWC.
All the answers have been given to you in the posts above, so perhaps we can summarize and boil it down so the same stuff is not repeated endlessly.

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:
  1. rent the cable company DVR for a monthly fee
  2. buy a TiVo Bolt -- $150/yr on top of the monthly cable card rental fee
  3. 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 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.

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