Originally Posted by jimlau
ok, trying to go modern.
if I get a TiVo Premiere 4 HD DVR with lifetime subscription, I can get a card from the cable company for $5, and that's it per month?
Yes. You will only be paying the cable card monthly fee.
1) my tv has picture in picture, so I need 2 inputs to the tv. is that possible with 1 cable card?
No. The cable card will supply 4 channels to the Premier XL4's 4 tuners but they will feed a single input on the TV. You would need a second source to feed the second TV input for PiP.
2) can I toggle between 2 channels if i'm taping 1?
With TiVo all the tuners are buffered independently. You can switch to any tuner at any time whether the tuner is being recorded or not -- actually they are all being recorded, all the time.
Caveat: You mentioned in another post you watch a lot of Comcast On-Demand. TiVo does not do on-demand. Only the Comcast boxes will give you on-demand capability. If you want on-demand you would have to keep one of their STB's -- which you could plug into the second input on your TV for PiP.
Final Note: Unless you can get a killer deal on a used XL4 + lifetime, go with a new Roamio basic -- a much better investment and a killer DVR.