Originally Posted by saknice20
get a TiVo and be done with it. Never misses a recording...super easy to use...fast...crystal clear picture..can transfer videos off to your computer ..can stream netflix , YouTube, amazon. And its cheaper than the cable DVR and a htpc which blows..I used to have one.
its about 600 for the first box and about 500 additional boxes but so worth it, and the best part? After a few years of using it...sell it with the lifetime service and you will get most of your money back! Try selling the pc in a few years...won't get anything.
seriously look into it and be happy instead of worrying about drivers, shows not recording...wife approval...etc.
Originally Posted by spivonious
I just checked Tivo's site. $600 is for the base Tivo which has two tuners and only holds 45 hours of HD. The XL model would compare best with my HTPC, so that would be $700. To get four tuners you need to shell out $1000.
I spent $350 on my HTPC three years ago (reused an existing hard drive and Windows license that I had, so saved about $150) and it also never misses a recording, crystal clear picture, can transfer videos to other computers, and has no problems with Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, etc, and it plays blu-ray discs as well.
I am with you on this. TIVO is for people who, how do I put it, "are not up to the challege" perhaps the quitters? At the first sight of trouble they scream "I Surrender"
To connect 5 TV's using TIVO, one would have to buy 5 TIVO's either with lifetime, or pay monthly subscription, and rent 5 CableCards.
With HTPC, it only cost us $800 to build, and $200 to add 4 more TV's to the network. For a $1000 initial investment, we only pay $3.99 a month to rent a CableCard.
The system paid for itself in about a year, since we did not have to pay $60/month to rent Verizon DVR and 4 CableBoxes, or buy 5 TIVOS for $3000, and pay $20/month to rent 5 CableCards.
And we don't need to pay for Hulu Plus, since HULU sees HTPC as a PC and it is free.