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So I don't want to throw my Replays out I love them but I have not been able to use them since TV went digital. I called Direct TV who purchased Replay TV and they don't seem to have any idea what I am talking about. Finally the lady transferred me to a "specialist" which announced itself to be the automated system. I never spoke to a live person again......
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Been there, done that. Find my threads here on the matter going back a couple of years.

March 2011, with no more than six weeks' notice, my cableco went digital. I went through the five stages of grief, built a Windows Media Center box with a cableCARD tuner, and moved on.

It's 18 months later and I have no regrets. Four tuners and two extenders for remote TVs, plus commercial skip. I get the added benefit of HD--which doesn't rule my world, but it's nice to have.

That all being said, had my cableco not gone digital, I'd still have my three Replays...
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So I don't want to throw my Replays out I love them but I have not been able to use them since TV went digital. I called Direct TV who purchased Replay TV and they don't seem to have any idea what I am talking about. Finally the lady transferred me to a "specialist" which announced itself to be the automated system. I never spoke to a live person again......

You should be able to rent/lease a digital box from your cableco and connect it with a Replay to record and playback shows. It works, I do it, anyone can.
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So I don't want to throw my Replays out I love them but I have not been able to use them since TV went digital. I called Direct TV who purchased Replay TV and they don't seem to have any idea what I am talking about. Finally the lady transferred me to a "specialist" which announced itself to be the automated system. I never spoke to a live person again......

DirecTV didn't purchase the ReplayTV system that you have, only the ReplayTV intellectual property, so they have no idea about operating them. You still have to call ReplayTV support, which can be found here: http://www.replaytv.com/contactus.asp as: 254-299-2705. But, it is unlikely that they will be able to give you much more help than we can here. Tell us who your video provider is and what kind of digital set top boxes they have available , and we'll see if we can't help you...
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You should be able to rent/lease a digital box from your cableco and connect it with a Replay to record and playback shows. It works, I do it, anyone can.

$15/month just for a silly tuner?

Ouch.

That's $45/month to feed three Replays.

I feed a four tuner card using a $3.50/month cableCARD.
post #6 of 13
And btw, I had a total of four Replays (woulda been five, but I gave one away) sitting on the shelf for a whole year before I finally gave them away.

(Still have my Courier v.32bis DS on that shelf, though...)
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Originally Posted by Arvy View Post

You should be able to rent/lease a digital box from your cableco and connect it with a Replay to record and playback shows. It works, I do it, anyone can.

$15/month just for a silly tuner?

Ouch.

That's $45/month to feed three Replays.

I feed a four tuner card using a $3.50/month cableCARD.

The OP hasn't even said which provider they have, how can you assume that it will be $15/month per tuner? You think every market charges $15/month per tuner? Comcast gives two DTAs for free, as does many other providers. Time Warner charges at least half of that in markets where a tuner is required, and they give Tuning Adapters for free and only charge a couple of bucks for a cable card. I don't know what market you are in, but seems kind of silly to generalize that it will necessarily cost the OP $15/month per tuner! If the OP has Comcast, for example, it shouldn't cost a dime to get a couple of DTAs for the Replays to use. Or, maybe they don't even have cable at all, maybe they are talking about that their RTVs haven't worked since TV went digital because they are using Over The Air broadcasts. Lots of possibilities without further information, so not really a lot of point in making such assumptions!
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For a cable customer, $12.95/month for a box seems to be the lowest I see, unless it's one of the cheesy $3-$5/month DTAs. (Pssst...Comcast's free DTAs are going to cost money very soon, if they aren't already charging. That "free" was a stopgap measure to keep the feds off their backs.)

But even $3/month per tuner is absurd. Remember when we could just plug in?

Maybe he's OTA. If that's so, it is *not* the case that he "can't use his Replays since TV went digital".
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For a cable customer, $12.95/month for a box seems to be the lowest I see, unless it's one of the cheesy $3-$5/month DTAs. (Pssst...Comcast's free DTAs are going to cost money very soon, if they aren't already charging. That "free" was a stopgap measure to keep the feds off their backs.)

As I said, Time Warner is about half your $15 price, it's $7.95 for HD or SD (no extra charge for HD)...
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But even $3/month per tuner is absurd. Remember when we could just plug in?

Time Warner still has "just plug in", having pretty much full access to analog channels and not using DTAs at all. And, there could still well be plenty of smaller markets that still transmit full lineups of analog. I know it's true for lots of rural areas that have "Mom and Pop" providers instead of the "big name" providers...
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Maybe he's OTA. If that's so, it is *not* the case that he "can't use his Replays since TV went digital".

If the OP was using OTA, then the RTV tuner would have quit being able to record when analog TV broadcasts ceased. Again, we have no idea what the OP meant by their statement, but talking about TV going digital could just as well refer to OTA as cable. In fact, it refers more to OTA than cable because OTA went digital right away and cable continued to have analog signal for quite awhile, including Comcast, which is still converting to digital only in many areas, as you can tell from the posts of people just now being forced to switch...
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$15/month just for a silly tuner?
Ouch.
That's $45/month to feed three Replays.
I feed a four tuner card using a $3.50/month cableCARD.

It's not silly, adam. It works out of the box, someone else supports it, doesn't require me to know any software or hardware, and it's like going out to a restaurant.. costs more but someone else cooks, serves, cleans up, so I pay them to do it. (and I know how much 15 X 3 is).
post #11 of 13
Cablevision is $7.95 for the cable box (with a remote). But most of the SD stations are shifted up to the HD stations and thus record letterboxed. Last time I looked, which was about 18 months ago.
post #12 of 13
HI,
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SELLING THE REPLAYS THAT YOU HAVE?
I HAVE FOUR AND WANT SOME BACK UP ONE'S FOR PARTS.
THANKS
EARL
post #13 of 13
I have some Replay TV units in storage from our move.
4-6 units still in box not opened.
3-4 units used.
Let me know if you have interest.
I need to sell lots of audio and some AV equipment
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