|Originally posted by Bob Lafleur
I guess I'd be looking at a quality loss with a Comcast PVR anyway, if all I'm going to record are the "analog" channels.
For digital channels (digital cable, dbs, etc) an 'integrated' box that's able to capture the digital straight to hard drive (cable company DVR, DirecTivo, etc.) ... it's a big improvement over a standalone box.
But for analog channels ... a standalong is doing the exact same thing as an integrated box (MPEG encoding on the fly).
My SciAtl 8000 from the cable company gives very similar results for analog channels as my standalone Tivo (it's a little better than the Tivo when set at 'High' recording quality ... but not quite as good as when the Tivo is set to 'Best').
Note: The 'free after rebate' Tivo deal no longer exists that I know of. However ... in your case ... it still sounds like it's going to be cost-beneficial over the cable company DVR very quickly!