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post #1 of 10
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i would like to get some kind of video recorder to use with analog cable. i really dont want to spend over $200 and i dont want to pay monthly for any kind of stupid service. i only want to record shows on a schedule and maybe pause tv. is there such a product?
post #2 of 10
I think you missed a good opportunity several weeks ago. Costco had a hard disc DVD recorder for about $250. I purchased one last summer. It programs just like a VCR and can do "chase play", i.e. start a recording and allow you to catch up during the commercials. The only other similar device might be a Tivo/Replay-like product but you've already ruled that out.
Good luck
YMMV
post #3 of 10
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drat

i guess ill just build one based on linux, although that will cost about $500 :(
post #4 of 10
Wal-Mart have a HD + DVD recorder, iLo DVDRH04, for about $280. This migfht suite your needs.
post #5 of 10
I had the same goal. I picked up a Series 1 Tivo (An HDR-212) on eBay for $56 shipped. Got a 160GB drive for $70 (on sale) popped it on and have a 160 hour recorder. Easy, works great, stable as a rock. The Series 1 units can be used as a DVR w/ no subscription required. The Series 2 can't be, so don't get a new one.
post #6 of 10
are all series 1 tivo's capable of working without a subscription?
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post #8 of 10
311Sam,

Looks like there were some real tools on that first forum! I'm glad I found this thread, tho, 'cause I'm looking for something similar.
post #9 of 10
As I mentioned earlier in this thread I couldn't be happier with my Series 1 TiVo - its a VCR that I never have to swap tapes with. One note, though - the unit I bought came with the original (v1.3) software. That software is so old that it hangs when the inital setup routine is run, if you select cable as the input. You need to "lie" and select TV antenna as the input. The setup routine will complete, and overight the TiVo will download an update to v3.0 Then you will be able to rerun the setup and select cable as your input. Took a while to track down, my unit kept crashing on setup and I thought it was defective.
This is not a problem if the previous owner had already upgraded past v1.3
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Originally posted by postman
As I mentioned earlier in this thread I couldn't be happier with my Series 1 TiVo - its a VCR that I never have to swap tapes with. One note, though - the unit I bought came with the original (v1.3) software. That software is so old that it hangs when the inital setup routine is run, if you select cable as the input. You need to "lie" and select TV antenna as the input. The setup routine will complete, and overight the TiVo will download an update to v3.0 Then you will be able to rerun the setup and select cable as your input. Took a while to track down, my unit kept crashing on setup and I thought it was defective.
This is not a problem if the previous owner had already upgraded past v1.3
hmm interesting

i havent received my tivo yet but it is on its way: http://cgi.*********/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...sPageName=WDVW

from the way to speak it sounds like i need to let it update its self overnight? but i dont have a phone line.. i think when i patch it to except a 200gb hd that it will take care of that though..i think
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