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Old 09-14-2015, 04:17 PM - Thread Starter
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Suggestions please for DVR for my mom

She is canceling her cable and going to the antenna provided by her building.

Any suggestions for a DVR for her? She has used ATT & Comcast DVR's, so she is familiar with the technology.

I am just looking for recommendations for her.

Also, is there a cost per month for a DVR that is independent of a service?

Thanks.
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TiVo OTA. Only $300 for a limited time. 1-time charge, no monthly fees, very happy mother.
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If she isn't tech savvy, TiVo is really her only option, as all other DVRs are pretty buggy and require finesse and patience to operate.
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I have the Channel Master DVR+ but would recommend the Tivo OTA with lifetime guide data at the price quoted above! It is going to be the most similar to what she already knows, and is a more mature and refined product. The DVR+ no longer has a price advantage in this market.
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Thanks everyone, the Tivo Roamio OTA it is!
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She will need an internet connection to keep the program listings up to date.
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Thanks for posting the sale. I have been using a Homeworx device, but it is buggy and often seems to lose the programing. Lately, it just seems to forget at times to record. The lifetime Tivo service (albeit only the Roamio's life not mine) on sale was the deciding factor for me.
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Thanks everyone, the Tivo Roamio OTA it is!
Go for the basic Roamio instead, if there's any chance you'll want cable service in the future. The basic model can do either (with a cable-card installed), the OTA model can ONLY do OTA antenna. At $50 for the refurb (which is what I got) it's the same price as the OTA model.
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She will need an internet connection to keep the program listings up to date.
Good catch. Forgot to mention that -- we tend to assume Internet connectivity is a given these days.
TiVo has built-in wireless.

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Yep, just another vote for Tivo. Learning curve is very wife (or Mom) friendly. I went with OTA because I will never return to cable. I find there is plenty to watch with broadcast TV & streaming.
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My mom fell in love with the Roamio I got her. Coming from Dish dvrs and a DtvPal dvr, she had no trouble with the Tivo once she learned the button layout on the remote. Plus with the Tivo app I can check it and set a recording for her from my house if needed.

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