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Hi, FiOS wants to charge me $17 a month for a DVR, which I think is too much. Are there any DVRs that (preferably) get the programming information from you set top box and will record video for you, without a subscription (you only pay for the box itself)? I would want a DVR that can record 1080i or 720p/i...

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You can buy a TiVo Premier with lifetime DVR service for about $600 that will work with FIOS. There will be no further DVR related charges to you but you will have to rent a cable card from Verizon and I think they charge ~$3/month. Of course you won't need a STB so that cable card fee is in lieu of the STB rental.

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You can buy a TiVo Premier with lifetime DVR service for about $600 that will work with FIOS

 

Regarding cost keep in mind that TiVos with Lifetime retain a large percentage of their value. I have sold a half dozen or more over the years and usually come close to breaking even or even made a few bucks... not even taking into account the rental fees I saved. Your best bet if/when you decide to unload it is to upgrade the drive to 2TD and sell it on eBay. Back in the day I gave $60 for the Premiere and $400 for Lifetime and never sold one for less than $600 (last one $675)... today's market might be different. But the principal is the same they retain a lot of their value if you decide to punt.

 

In my case (Comcast) the first CableCARD was free. Only additional cards carried a monthly fee.

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It is also worth mentioning that the reason they retain their value is because the build quality is high and people have the justified expectation that a "pre-owned" TiVo will last for many years to come.

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Over the cable cards, there's a recent FCC note regarding some related new rules
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It is also worth mentioning that the reason they retain their value is because the build quality is high and people have the justified expectation that a "pre-owned" TiVo will last for many years to come.
I also take care the quality,the price must be just for is quality,a little much money is worth it!
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Can a Tivo be used as a whole home DVR solution like the FiOS Multi Room DVR? If so, how does that work and how much does it add to the cost? Thanks
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^^^
Multiple TiVo's can talk to each other and transfer non-protected recordings between them.
For better and more complete information, you might want to ask that question in the TiVo Premier thread.

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