Stuck with Time Warner (sadly). We aren't good contenders for the "cut the cable" fad, as I like college football and seeing certain shows the same night.
Have 4 main TV's in the house. One that rarely gets used, has basic cable and a Chromecast (hate the Chromecast). Have a Roku 2 in the kitchen TV that gets used a lot, mainly HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Netflix and TW Cable app.
Living room is my main setup, SA HD DVR, PS3 and Apple TV. Using a Harmony Ultimate + HDMI switch, all these components also feed the TV bedroom as well.
Time Warner charges $24.24/month for that damn DVR. Going cable card + switched video tuner would be $2.50/month. We don't watch enough VOD to care about losing it and never order PPV.
: Tivo. $170 shipped + $15/month. Will take 26 months to break even unless they slip us a lifetime offer during that time, as they are known to do to paying members, which might reduce that payback period. Pro is that it is very similar to our current setup (but better) and an easy transition, plus some new features. Big con is paying out $15/month with a 2 year break even point.
: HomeRun Prime. $120 for the box, no subscription fee. BBBBUUUUTTT, the PS3 app sucks and you really need an HTPC running WMC to actually enjoy it. I can build an acceptable HTPC for $300. That's a 19 month payback period. My whole house is wired with CAT5 and I have a pretty robust network setup, so that's not a issue/worry as it is for many users. Main con is the whole setup is a bit more clunky and prone to issues vs. the Tivo. I'm perfectly happy with the PS3 doing Netflix/Prime and streaming via Plex/PS3 media server, so an HTPC isn't really an advantage in that regard.
Not really sure what Option #3
would be...I guess a Cable Card adapter in a HTPC, but I have other concerns with that and integration with the Switched Video Tuner...I'm not looking for some big project.
Thoughts? Most of the extra features of either service aren't of a big interest/draw to me.