Originally Posted by paroots
Thanks. That's exactly right. Our application is solely skipping commercials. We don't intend to record any shows; we have Netflix if we wish to watch a movie. We have lots of experience with the Dish Network DVR skipping commercials. Their DVR offers a 1 hour buffer and that was always more than adequate for our needs.
And yes, the skip forward button will become very well used. It's much easier than playing with fast forward and rewind. I have just learned that the series 3 does not offer the skip forward button and also requires two cable cards which will cost us an additional $2.50/month from Comcast. Therefore, I am somewhat biased towards the Premiere subject of course to the cost differential.
WS65711 stole my thunder, but if that's really the case then yes, you should consider a Sony DHG-HDD250. These are high quality recorders with excellent QAM , ATSC, and analog tuners, CableCard compatible, with separate Cable and Antenna input jacks.
These sold for over $400 as little as a year ago, but relied on a 3rd party service for the Guide data which was discontinued earlier this year. The prices then fell sharply. These can be purchased on eBay for well under $100.
If you have trouble locating one, let me know and I'll have my husband contact you. We have 3 of these and I know he'd like to move at least one of them.