Originally Posted by Kelson
Blah blah blah...NOT . . EVEN . . CLOSE
You assume that everyone who wants to put his hands on HD recording has to become PC gear maniac, meaning he or she will put together an HTPC with WMC, lease a cable card and use it just to record and archive hours of programming which becomes worthless if not shared among others. You admit the DRM is tough to beat meaning that you must be using 3rd party software to rip the recording to make them available for sharing. You bring up some Hauppage way of recording HD which by the way is not a standalone recorder but just external capture card which needs - again a PC to run. Any by the way. cheapest TiVo box cost $150 plus $500 where you pay for non-transferable lifetime service. And if you want to protect your equipment to ensure you will get covered with replacement when it craps out , you have to pay additional fee.
When I compare setting up timer recording with mini with simple one-click reminder on my cable box for the show I want to automatically tune at desired time with your HTPC which requires updates, booting time and periodical maintenance, I choose standalone recorder like mini. You turn it on like regular VCR, you can timeshift and pause live broadcast while you watching and you can record anything you want whenever you want. It's not a brainer, not even for a boy like you. So do not make hard for the others something that is not , especially when you did not even had a chance to use it. I guess your "special" AVS membership comes from your bitter and denying personality which by the way with the way you try to criticize the subject I find childish as much as amusing.