Originally Posted by cheering
2 questions please Pilot..........
1. what was wrong with DirecTV ?
don't they have loads of HD channels ?
and 2. how much does Tivo cost ? and
how does it compare with the DVR that Time Warner provides ?
[other than the tech service] ?
thanks in advance.....
also... Anyone else want to chime in ?
this is a wide open board here...
Nothing wrong with DTV or Dish for that matter. When I moved 3 years ago, I wanted to try TWC due to their Triple Play package that included internet, phone and cable for a price that is less than getting those services from 3 different vendors. Plus, I just pay one bill instead of three.
So far, I have been very pleased with the service, especially now that TWC has added a lot of HD channels recently.
I was spoiled with the Tivo DVR that I had with Directv. When they dropped their Tivo alliance, I wanted to go back to Tivo. Tivo doesn't work with satellite. It only works with cable and over-the-air.
What I like about the Tivo is that it has two tuners, allowing you to record two different programs while watching a third. It also integrates OTA seamlessly with the channel guide. I have a small antenna in my attic, and I can get all of the locals in HD.
With Tivo, I can download movies from Netflix, Blockbuster and others.
I have two Tivo boxes, and I can send programs from one to the other over my home wireless network.
You don't have to use a cable card with Tivo, but you are then restricted to OTA and basic cable. With the cable card, I can now get all of the channels that TWC provides. The digital package with cable card costs an additional $6/month.
The Tivo is much more versatile than the box that TWC provides. And the user interface is much better. Once you use a Tivo, you get spoiled in that regard.
You do have to buy the Tivo upfront, and pay about $10/month for the service. You don't have to buy the TW box, but you still pay about the same monthly fee.
You can buy a lifetime service from Tivo for a one time fee. I chose not to, and I just buy the annual package.
Tivos are going for about $200 now on Amazon.
Tivos are also user expandable. I replaced the original 160 mb hard drive with a 500 mb hard drive which greatly increased the amount of programming that I can store on the Tivo. You can install any size hard drive that you want, but the 500 mb was plenty for me.
You can read up on the Tivo HD here...http://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCD652160...2095774&sr=8-1
When I first got TWC, I had their DVR. As far as I was concerned, it was a piece of junk. It didn't take me long to dump that box for the Tivo.
Hope this helps.