Originally posted by JAB99
What OTA devices are you folks using? Are you recording HDTV?
Thanks in advance,
I second the vote for an HDTivo. Dual tuners and about 30 hours of HD recording out of the box, add a 2nd drive and you get about 63 hours of HD (with 2 x 250gb drives, more if you get 300gb drives).
If you are a current subscriber you should be able to get an account credit for getting the HDTivo - do don't let the high price fool you. I was able to get a $200 one time credit plus $10 a month credit for 6 months plus free Showtime for 6 months just for asking for it
Actually, if you call the D* customer retention department and tell them Comcast will rent you an HD box for $5 a month or $10 for HD + DVR or Voom will install a new system for nothing up front and little each month. You really want to stay with D* but the high cost of the HD Tivo has you thinking you might switch. Others have gotten as much as $250 credit to help offset the cost of the HD Tivo, so YMMV.
If you are a new customer, I would assume you could get an even better deal.
I got my HDTivo "mail order" at a slight discount and didn't have to tithe to the state. I would assume now they are more readily available and with more off the price. I got a 4 pack of triple LNB dishes off of fleabay for $115 delivered and sold 2 of them, put up 1, and have a spare.
I you are a new customer then the dish and install would be free.
I put up a 4 bay CM antenna (cheap from Randolph and Rice) on a 10' RadioShlock pole and made a "Channel 4" DTV dipole antenna out of a RS UHF bowtie. I added a CM7777 amp as well since I have about 100' of coax to the HDTivo.
It would be NICE to be able to archive off shows to DVD, but I don't have anything set up for that yet. I do have a stand-alone DVD recorder that I gave my wife that is connected to "her" D* Tivo so she can save shows. Only PCM stereo audio, but in 2 hour mode looks as good as normal D* does.