Some dittos, but with nuance!
I have had my replay for about ten years. In that time, I have gone through three hard drives, each one with a higher capacity than the last. I swear by my ReplayTV because:
- Easy to fix
- No recurring electronic programming guide (EPG) fees
- Easy to set up
- “Extended” with DVArchive (bless their hearts!) which allows the download and upload to PC of shows, movies, programs. This allows me to save a program I really want either in digital form or, with the help of Womble, to DVD.
- Quiet (as long as you turn on quiet mode on your replacement drives and replace with quieter drives)
- AUTOMATIC COMMERCIAL SKIP (no button pushing, set and mostly forget) has allowed me to save hundreds of hours over the last 10 years by NOT watching skipped commercials. Works 95% of the time, no change from 10 years ago when purchased.
If my DVR cost me $450 ($150 plus $300 lifetime EPG subscription) and I have had it for ten years, then my DVR, EPG, VCR, pseudo-video-sender, etc, etc, cost me about $45 a year. And that drops every year!
Sure, I spent a little more money replacing drives and buying video and DVD processing suites. Yeah, I have spent more time than I should replacing drives, making coasters before hitting on my perfect video suite combination, but I have more than saved that time by not watching commercials.
No, it doesn’t have two tuners (I bought another used one for that). I don’t know if there was ever an HD model, I am waiting for….I am not sure what. No, it has no apps (a couple of easter eggs, though!)
I have often felt that in more ways than most modern electronics, it it fulfills some or all of many of the items on Mr. Jalopy's Maker’s Bill of Rights.THE MAKER'S BILL OF RIGHTS
- Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included.
- Cases shall be easy to open.
- Batteries should be replaceable.
- Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.
- Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.
- Torx is OK; tamperproof is rarely OK.
- Components, not entire sub-assemblies, shall be replaceable.
- Consumables, like fuses and filters, shall be easy to access.
- Circuit boards shall be commented.
- Power from USB is good; power from proprietary power adapters is bad.
- Standard connecters shall have pinouts defined.
- If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.
- Screws better than glues.
- Docs and drivers shall have permalinks and shall reside for all perpetuity at archive.org.
- Ease of repair shall be a design ideal, not an afterthought.
- Metric or standard, not both.
- Schematics shall be included