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Hi all,

My rent-free year of Comcast HD DVR with On Demand is ending, and an HD STB that supports On Demand costs $7 a month.

Can I simply buy an HD STB that supports On Demand instead of renting one? Or am I out of luck until Tru2Way devices go on sale? When will that happen?
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Can I simply buy an HD STB that supports On Demand instead of renting one?

Not at this time.

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Or am I out of luck until Tru2Way devices go on sale? When will that happen?

tru2way would work, but hard to say when. See the recent posts in this topic for details: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=893485

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Even if you could buy one it would cost in the neighborhood of $400-$500 and if something goes wrong after any warranties are expired you're paying for repairs or a new box.
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Even if you could buy one it would cost in the neighborhood of $400-$500 and if something goes wrong after any warranties are expired you're paying for repairs or a new box.

I'd pay for one on the principle of it. I hate being nickeled and dimed by Comcast.
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I'd pay for one on the principle of it. I hate being nickeled and dimed by Comcast.

Still cheaper to rent, you can upgrade to the newer technology if and when it's available and you have a full warranty on the box as long as your paying that fee...

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If $7 per month is too much, rent a non-DVR cable box to lower the monthly rental fee. It can still provide "On Demand" if that's a priority/desire.

Also, look at FiOS, DirecTV or Dish as alternatives.
How about a new TV or DVD player that supports NetFlix downloads (with $9 subscription fee)?
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I'd pay for one on the principle of it. I hate being nickeled and dimed by Comcast.

Go OTA-only and dump 'em. You don't *have* to have all those channels.
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Go OTA-only and dump 'em. You don't *have* to have all those channels.


Why stop there, why even have TV?

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Why stop there, why even have TV?

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If $7 per month is too much, rent a non-DVR cable box to lower the monthly rental fee. It can still provide "On Demand" if that's a priority/desire.

Also, look at FiOS, DirecTV or Dish as alternatives.
How about a new TV or DVD player that supports NetFlix downloads (with $9 subscription fee)?

  • Thank you McDonoughDawg. I use On Demand for movies*. Suggesting that I use OTA is not helpful because of what I want to watch.
  • A non-HD, non-DVR STB is "free" for me to rent and would support On Demand. However, it'd be SD, and I much prefer HD.
  • I don't want satellite because it's not compatible with any HD Tivo box**
  • FiOS is not available in my area
  • I don't want Netflix because Netflix is only stereo, and I much prefer surround sound.
  • On Demand picture quality is better than Netflix too. At least it's better than Amazon on Demand.
  • On Demand is instant HD. Netflix Watch it Now HD is only available via Tivo and is not instant.***

*HBO, MoviePlex, AMC, Encore, FearNet.
**Tivo HD boxes don't support IR blasters, do they?
***Netflix Watch It Now is not available in HD on PCs, correct?

How does Satellite VOD work? Are the streams always there but with staggered start times like I recall hearing they are?
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[*]I don't want satellite because it's not compatible with any HD Tivo box*

DirecTV will again have a TiVo DVR, but the date of availability is not known as yet. Check the HDTV Recorders Forum for the latest updates.

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*Tivo HD boxes don't support IR blasters, do they?

Not sure, but check the HDTV Recorders Forum for a ton of info on the TiVo HD.

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It's understandable that everyone wants "the best" for the least amount of expenditure(s).

You pay up front or you pay monthly. Either way... your desires are not attainable for free.

$7 (additional) a month to get what you desire seems like an easy and affordable solution.
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$7 (additional) a month to get what you desire seems like an easy and affordable solution.

I'll think about it.
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Why stop there, why even have TV?

But if you can get the locals for free OTA, then what the heck?

There are people here that do that with an HD TiVo, and then just add a basic Netflix account to that (as the TiVo does both Netflix and Blockbuster).
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But if you can get the locals for free OTA, then what the heck?

There are people here that do that with an HD TiVo, and then just add a basic Netflix account to that (as the TiVo does both Netflix and Blockbuster).

Since when are TV's free to use? I was just taking my example to the further extreme...

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Who said TV's were free to use?

No need to get so uptight - I knew you were half-joking.
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I have become an ascetic after thinking about what some people have said about not needing all this equipment.

I wrote this post in ink using a quill and gave it to a dear friend--along with my computer, TV equipment, and AVS Forum credentials--in the hopes that he would post it.

I am on my way to nirvana. Thank you very much for the advice.

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