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Hello all! As you can see, I am new to the forum, and I apologize if my question has already been asked and answered. Like many others, I am also trying to decide which PVR will best suite my needs. One feature that most PVR Review sites fail to discuss is which PVR is able to record multiple shows at once. According to one site, PVRCompare (add the "www" and ".com" since I am a newbie and not able to post URL's yet:-) only the Comcast PVR has this feature. Can anyone shed some light on this oft-eluded topic? Thanks so much.
post #2 of 8
The only two existing PVRs I am aware of that have two tuners (and the ability to record two shows at the same time) are the:
- DirectTV Tivo units
- Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000

I'll also note that you can always get two PVRs and record two shows at the same time. Tivo has a very nice Home Media Option that allows for sending shows from one Tivo to another ... certalized sheduling ... etc. I'm not sure, but some of the same abilities are also probably present when using two ReplayTVs.

The Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000 is what most cable companies that are currently offering a DVR service are using. However, you should check with your cable company to find out exactly what equipment they are using. Some use Scientific Atlanta equipment ... some use Motorola Equipment ... and it's dependent on where you live, not on the actual cable company. Comcast might be using Scientifc Atlanta equipment in one city ... and Motorola in another.

Motorola is just now rolling out their own DVR, the DCT 6208. It is single tuner (can only record one show at at time). However, it can record high defintion shows. There is supposed to be a dual tuner version 'soon' ... the DCT 6408. Scientific Atlanta is also just starting to roll out a two tuner high definition model ... the Explorer 8000HD.

Long story short ... check with your cable company and see what equipment they are offering.

Anyway, I have a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000 and would be happy to answer any questions you have on that model. I've never used a DirecTV Tivo ... so can't offer any guidance there. I do also have a stand-alone Tivo.
post #3 of 8
No, with a one tuner PVR you're only going to be able to record one show at a time. Now, with a single tuner PVR in your system you can still usually get the full RF signal to your TV and use the TVs tuner to watch a second show 'live' ... but if you're using the TV tuner you can't record/trick play that show you are watching live.

Think of a VCR hooked up to your TV via coax. You can record one show at a time. However, if you use the TV/VCR button you can watch another show live on TV ... but you can't record both shows ...

So, as an example, with my standalone Tivo (one tuner), I can:
- Record one show while watching another pre-recorded show
- Watch a show 'live' while recording it (or 'trick play' the show ... RW/FF/replay/etc.)

I can not
- Record two shows at the same time
- Watch a show 'live' while recording it (or 'trick play' the show ... RW/FF/replay/etc.) AND record another show

I can, via various wiring/cabling techniques:
- Record a show on Tivo while watching a show live using my TV's tuner. I can't record/'trick play' the show I am watching live
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Wow ... don't know how I replied to something before it was posted ... pretty cool (time change on the server?)
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks dc. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that on most PVR's you can actually record one show and watch another, and the show you are currently watching is actually being recorded also. Is this true? So this would allow, in affect, the recording of two channels simultaneously. What do you think?
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Thread Starter 
Wow. Wormhole? hehe. Thanks for the help dt. I really appreciate it. So how do you like your PVR? I have digital cable service with a Motorola box. I guess I should call my cable company to find out if they are offering PVR's yet.
post #7 of 8
I like the Tivo ... I like the SAE8k ... if I could combine the best features of each into one box (and add in HD) I'd be ecstatic ... but I can't (yet). Either one is worth the price (to me). Having both is probably overkill ... but hey, I like my TV.

I certainly couldn't imagine NOT having a PVR ever again ... best addition to TV ever!

Rah rah :)
post #8 of 8
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that on most PVR's you can actually record one show and watch another, and the show you are currently watching is actually being recorded also
You're wrong. Most PVRs allow you to watch a previously recorded show while recording a new one. The only ones that can actually record 2 at once are the SA 8000/8000HD, DirecTV/Tivo combos, Dish 721, Microsoft UltimateTV/DirecTV (no longer being produced), and I think the new Motorola/Moxi BMCxxxx boxes. On those you can record 2 and watch a 3rd previously recorded show simultaneously.

On the single tuner PVRs, you can always bypass them with another signal source (antenna/cable feed into TV or VCR tuner, 2nd cable box, 2nd sat receiver), to watch a 2nd show live while the PVR is recording, but the PVR itself can only record one show at a time.
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