Hi folks, I'm a new forum member in Mpls, MN (Time Warner) and got my 8300 HD about 3-4 months ago. This is the 1st DVR I've owned, and have a few questions that you may be able to answer for me. I got the HD version for the extra storage space, even though I don't have a HD TV yet. I understand now why TVIO was so popular, I've held off till now because I couldn't see paying $10 or more a month for basically a VCR with an HD, just to get a program guide which I already get and pay for from my cable company...
Now that I have had it for a few months, I have found that I have a hard time watching "live" TV on another set in the house without it, MAN, there's nothing like blasting FF thru 3-4 mins of commercials in 30 secs or so (though wish they would put in the skip 30 secs per button push like I heard TVIO has, but that's a small quibble).
The problem I have, is that I have recorded a number of programs, many of which I would like to archive, and do not have the option/ability (that I know of, at least) to get them to a DVD (I don't want them on a VHS tape, I prefer the digital format and small physical storage space, plus the ability to watch them on my PC if I so choose). I knew this going in, but thought that there would be a "work around"
for it by now, as there has been in so many things in the PC world I live in, but as of yet haven't found a way to do it.
My DVR is full, even though I haven't recorded one thing in HD, and this has brought me to this crossroads. I haven't looked recently, but I believe all this HD/DVR rental stuff is raising my cable bill at least $10-20 a month, when it's all said and done (HD prog, DVR, remote control rental, etc etc etc...) I guess I don't mind the extra money, at least not if it would allow me to use this to it's full potential, that is, to replace my VCR.
The crossroads I am at, is I am trying to decide if I should break down, and spend $2-250 on the external SATA drive for this, (because this thing is consistently hovering between 92-100% full recently) or, since I don't have a way to get the recordings off the DVR and on to DVD, to go with another technology? I haven't researched it too much as of yet, I've just started to get to the very irritated point the last week or so, that's when I found this forum.
I was looking for 'answers' to the DVD backup/export issue, but didn't find a solution, although I did find some useful threads, such as this one. I have seen at least one DVR/DVD solution, didn't have time at that moment to look further into it, and lost the info, but I know that there must be something out there that will allow me to go from DVR to DVD in one unit, & preferably without having to integrate a PC into my entertainment center.
That's always an option, but not high on my list of preferences. Even with its idiosyncrasies, I do like the TW setup, but this inability is going to become an issue, & sooner rather than later, I can tell. I would assume that if I were to replace this unit with another (some sort of DVD/DVR combo unit), I would be spending (most likely) approximately the same amount that I would be to just increase the (non-exportable) storage capacity of this unit.
I like the integration that TW offers (there's something to be said about one stop shopping, at least when it works), and the cost isn't so bad, but I really want the option to get programs off this thing to a DVD. This DRM cr*p is going to drive me nuts, I can tell, and I wish there was something we all could do about it other than sit back and take it. I have the right to record for my personal use any program broadcast on TV, at least until they overturn the Fair Use doctrine, but they are obviously implementing technology to render it useless, so now we're stuck with what they feel we should be happy with.. Sorry about the rant, it's just so frustrating.
If anyone has any suggestions to help my situation, I would love to hear them. I certainly like the technology, and the perks that come with it, but to not have the ability to get it out of my box and onto an external media is looking to become a showstopper. (and sorry for the log post)
ps, one last quick question, rumor has it that TW is selling out (at least in my market) to Comcast in the not too distant future, and I've heard grumblings about their internet service, I've Loved my Roadrunner, had it more than 5 years now... Anyone have thoughts on what may be coming down the pike for us in the Twin Cities in terms of service, costs, etc? Thanks again!