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I'm looking for an HD DVR capable of using digitial cable and able to record two channels at once.

I do not want to rent a cable company box or purchase a subscription like item similar to TIVO.

Ability to use a cable card would be nice.

I currently have a Moxi and it is ok for now but my two friends want to know what is available today.

What is available now?
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Originally Posted by AMMO View Post

I'm looking for an HD DVR capable of using digitial cable and able to record two channels at once.

I do not want to rent a cable company box or purchase a subscription like item similar to TIVO.

Ability to use a cable card would be nice.

I currently have a Moxi and it is ok for now but my two friends want to know what is available today.

What is available now?

If you want something that can use a CableCARD - which is the only way forward, now that clear QAM is no longer required even for locals on cable - at the moment, TiVo is your only option. There is literally nothing else in production and supported. However, you don't have to pay month to month or by year - that's what Product Lifetime Service is for. I'm told there's a code floating around to get Lifetime for $399 instead of the usual $499.

Otherwise, you're stuck with whatever the cable operator offers you.

Edit: Unless you want to build an HTPC with Windows Media Center - and even that is full of question marks, due to WMC being unmaintained.
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Originally Posted by demonfoo View Post

If you want something that can use a CableCARD - which is the only way forward, now that clear QAM is no longer required even for locals on cable - at the moment, TiVo is your only option. There is literally nothing else in production and supported. However, you don't have to pay month to month or by year - that's what Product Lifetime Service is for. I'm told there's a code floating around to get Lifetime for $399 instead of the usual $499.

Otherwise, you're stuck with whatever the cable operator offers you.

Edit: Unless you want to build an HTPC with Windows Media Center - and even that is full of question marks, due to WMC being unmaintained.

Thanks that's about what I have come up with. Wonder why the lack of products along this line. You would think a simple cable card ready device with 2 or 3 tuners would be a hit?
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Thanks that's about what I have come up with. Wonder why the lack of products along this line. You would think a simple cable card ready device with 2 or 3 tuners would be a hit?

Many cable operators still make it difficult to get CableCARDs, and the certification process is complicated and expensive, even with self-certification being an available option now. The requirements are complex for the hardware and software, and then you still have to deal with the fact that such a device is limited only to cable (and maybe OTA), no satellite. Most people are happy enough with the MSO DVR boxes, even though they don't work that well - it's simple to just pay for the DVR box and service every month, instead of paying up front for hardware you then own. There are a variety of reasons why.
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Are there any OTA HDD DVRs? I don't know of any, I can't find any. But my Brother in law (you know the type) swears that his elderly Walmart shopping sister has one that she got for "around $400." I know that she'd never go HTPC, or any of the other routes; he claims it is just a box, like you'd buy from any electronics provider.

Any ideas? Closest thing I could find was the Magnavox SD HDD recorder.

On the bright side, my coming here to ask this found me the "solution" for getting my HDD500 working again. Not holding my breath, but need to read a dozen pages of posts and see if I can get it going.
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Are there any OTA HDD DVRs? I don't know of any, I can't find any.
Here is a recent list for HiDef DVR's. You can find threads for the various units in this forum. The Magnavox is also available but is only SD and was not designed as a DVR but as a DVD disk recorder.
post #7 of 8
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Thanks that's about what I have come up with. Wonder why the lack of products along this line. You would think a simple cable card ready device with 2 or 3 tuners would be a hit?

I think the vast majority of consumers are happy renting a box from their provider, so it's a pretty small niche market.
post #8 of 8
What you need is an HTPC. It's multi-tuner and subscription-free and works beautifully. It works so well in fact that some in my family still think we have a cable or satellite DVR. My 4-tuner, 4 TV system costs me a whopping $2/month versus $40 if I still had cable DVRs.
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