Originally Posted by blackcat6
There is just something about owning a box that stops working without ongoing service that I just don't like. Sezmi & Moxi owners have found this out the hard way.
Sure. But that's going to be true no matter what box you build or purchase. DVR's depend on guide data, and if that guide or service stops, you're done. With mythtv, you have some flexibility to switch guide providers, but it's still an external dependency. Which is why the question really only comes down to can you build a DVR that has the features you want for less than purchasing one. I came to the conclusion that I couldn't, so I went TiVo.
In retrospect, I would reconsider building a mythtv backend box with cheap frontends, or or a windows media center server w/xbox media extenders. I think that would give me a little more flexibility, but I don't think it would be cheaper. The main advantage would be having a central server for capture rather than having to worry about distributing antenna to every room I want a TV.
But even after reconsidering, I might end up w/TiVo. My time is worth something too. And for two TiVo's at about a total cost of $1100, it wouldn't take too terribly long before the cost of my time + the cost of the hardware overwhelmed the cost of the TiVos.
In any case, you should probably take what I say w/a grain of salt. I probably lean towards being a TiVo fanboy. I might not be looking at this as objectively as you need.
Originally Posted by evan237
You cannot use TiVo with a satellite subscription service.
Actually, you can. DirecTV recently started offering
a TiVo DVR again. But it's a DVR that is exclusive to their service.