Originally posted by easycruise
Thanks for your help....Well, if given a choice of either having a DVR that can only record 10 hours of HD versus a 80 hour SD Tivo, I'll take the SD Tivo anyday! Heck, with my wife's daily recording of her soap opera (Young & the Restless comes in HD) and only 2-3 weekly 1 hour prime time HD shows (CSI, etc.), you're already filled up on that HD recorder. That's a joke!
I guess we'll still wait until our needs are met. What was Comcast thinking when they came out with a HD recorder with such a small disk drive?
Speaking as someone with both a double-disk drive (self-expanded) TiVo (Series 1) hooked to DirecTv (not a DirecTiVo) and a 6412 through Comcast I can say that I shared the same concern (although I never came to a forum where people were discussing a product they have / enjoy and called it a joke during the period of my concern).
If your needs are met by recording many hours of grainy SD programming alone, you do not want the 6412. TiVo will do that just fine, and it's good at it.
The 6412 can record many hours of digital sourced SD programming and record HD programs
and (without a single modification or hack) dump those programs onto a DVHS deck or a PC in their original HD format through firewire where I can store them or (on the PC) archive them in DiVx format forever. Oh, and did I mention the blog reports linked in AVS that 6412 users have gotten a 250Gb One Touch external drive hooked up via firewire, tripling the capacity of the box (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=473793
)? They're not verified, but external storage is part of the box's specs.
Once the analog channels get mirrored on digital, this box with have the capacity of @120 hours of SD recording of those channels. Even without thinking about HD, that's a 120 hour TiVo. In my house for free. 9.95 a month. If it breaks, no running out to Best Buy. Just call and get a new one delivered
If I really decided to blow my mind and record in HD using both tuners of this two tuner box for all of prime time every viable night, I wind up with 6 hours of programs a night. Say skipping commercials, I can get through about 4 hours of shows a night. Maybe I get "TV Lazy" and only make it through three. Let's work it out how full it will get during the week...
Monday Record 6 hours - watch 3 - 3 left total on box
Tuesday Record 6 hours watch 3 - 6 left total
Wednesday Record 6 hours watch 3 - 9 left total
Thursday Record 6 hours watch 3 - 12 left total
Friday Record 6 hours watch 3 - 15 left total
Saturday Nothing is on / nothing to record watch 3 12 left total
Sunday Record 6 watch 3 - 15 left total
It would take me recording the max HD programming (and I cannot think of a time there would ever be 6 hours of programming 6 nights a week that I would want to record) to fill the box to capacity. Possible. Not probable.
Another option is to wait for a viable HD TiVo and shell out the $900 plus 12.95 a month. Oh, and I'll have to go out and mess around endlessly with an antenna on top of my house to get the HD programs. I was down that road with a MyHD card. No thanks.
Personally, we record any basic cable type stuff and SD network shows (Apprentice, etc.) through the TiVo now and HD network stuff through the 6412. I've not hit 60% full on the 6412, and we watch a lot of TV.
TiVo's guide is better. I don't need a guide that badly. I know what I want to watch. My TiVo remote's getting a bit of dust.