Originally Posted by RandyWalters
I would have liked to go this route to replace my current setup of 75hr Tivo Series 3 alongside my 2-tuner Cisco 75hr DVR but two things stop me dead in my tracks: The Roamio Pro can't record antenna and TWC compresses the local channels so they don't look as good as they do over Antenna (which is a big deal to me), but the bigger problem is the unreliability of my TWC Tuning Adapter - it randomly just stops working then my Tivo doesn't record any cable channels whether they're SDV or not, even the analog channels won't tune or record and that includes the local broadcast channels (402-413). This tuning adapter problem is the reason why i rent their DVR - to be sure to catch my sports and auto racing when the TA stops tuning when i'm out of town.
As you are already on a 2 DVR solution you could
1) get a Roamio and use it for OTA
2) get a Roamio Plus and use it for TWC with their SDV
3) get a basic socket timer http://www.amazon.com/Woods-50006-In...s=timer+switch
and have it on for 23.75 hours of the day and switch off for 15 minutes at say 3am to restart the SDV box each night. There are fancier ways of achieving this but this is a nice simple one.
The combined cost of 1) and 2) is the same as a Roamio Pro, the downside, you can 'only' record 1500 hours of content, but you could record 10 channels at once!
This would have you laying out for two x lifetime subscriptions on boxes but will remove $30+ a month of box fees from your TWC bill. You have $200+$400 plus two lifetime at $400 so $1400 up front. Selling the S3 on Ebay will recover some of that and then saving on your cable bill will still get you a payback of around 36 months, especially as come upgrade time you would then have two boxes with lifetime to stick on ebay and recover 2 x $$
TiVo allows the transfer of shows from one box to the other on the home network.