Originally Posted by mdavej
What if your Tivo goes kaput at the end of 36 months?
PC is still the best option IMO. Tuner is only $100, and you already own most of the other hardware you need. I've done it for years and saved thousands. Plus, I can add more rooms for just $100 each (I'm up to 5). Resale value is probably at least %60 on tuners and extenders.
Good luck convincing the supreme court that re-broadcasting and selling it is not a copyright violation. Aereo's lawyers couldn't pull that off either.
+1 on the PC option.
The term PC, unfortunately, means a giant desktop computer to most people. But you don't have to use a desktop computer as a HTPC.
I have been using a laptop with an HDhomerun dual tuner for a few years now. Six years ago I started out with a traditional DVR which still works fine, but I find the laptop option more flexible and convenient. It doesn't cost that much if you buy everything on sale.
1. The laptop cost me $350, but I already had it.
2. The HDhomerun tuner was $80 on sale.
3. Flat indoor antenna was bought refurbished for $20.
4. Logitech K400 keyboard was on sale for $15. It is used as a remote control as well as a keyboard.
I get for a lot for my money with this setup.
The laptop isn't just another dumb DVR that can only do one thing. It's a computer with the DVR function as an added bonus.
Leaving it on 24/7 cost me $21 a year in electricity.
It's portable. I have taken it everywhere I go.
Just like my traditional DVR, it doesn't require internet to record shows. While the HDHomerun dual tuner can record shows using an internet connection, it can also record directly to the PC via the Ethernet cable without an internet connection.
Having used both a traditional DVR and a laptop DVR, I can say that I prefer the laptop DVR for its flexibility, mobility, and convenience.