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Can I use a personal PVR with my local cable service even though they say that it will not work and I have to rent one of their units for compatibility @$20/month?
post #2 of 8
What kind of PVR do you have? Who is your cable provider? It also depends on what you want to record. If you just want to record the analog SD stuff channels 1-99 most PVR's will handle that fine. If you want to record channels higher than that you are at a minimum going to need a cable box that the PVR would be able to control to watch the channels higher than 99.
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Originally Posted by rajacat
Can I use a personal PVR with my local cable service even though they say that it will not work and I have to rent one of their units for compatibility @$20/month?
I don't quite get this either....I am looking at getting cable from a small provider (Click Network).

They offer a DVR for $15/month or so.

What I don't get is how a Tivo/other DVR would get the correct channel listings?

I do know a replayTV unit can be used with soem software to roll your own channels...

Bob
post #4 of 8
Getting the correct channel info is for the most part why you pay TiVo a service fee. To keep track of your channel lineup and what times shows come on in your area. When you run the original setup it asks for your provider, where you live, ect. Then it takes care of it. You may have to use an IR blaster to control the cablebox but other than that it should work fine.
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Originally Posted by btl-a4
Getting the correct channel info is for the most part why you pay TiVo a service fee. To keep track of your channel lineup and what times shows come on in your area. When you run the original setup it asks for your provider, where you live, ect. Then it takes care of it. You may have to use an IR blaster to control the cablebox but other than that it should work fine.
Thanks for the reply. I'm I better going with TIVO or using (renting) the cable company's DVR. Millenium is the provider. I don't have a PVR yet so I'm considering the options. Now I have satellite but have been saddled with breakdown fees that they charge to repair their equipment. If I go with cable I will get a package system of minimal TV and high speed internet.
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An 80 hour TiVo is going to run about $70 after $150 rebate. Then you have either a $300 lifetime service fee, or a 12.95 a month service fee. TiVo is a far better PVR than most cable systems I've seen. But if your TiVo goes down after your 1 year of warranty is up you gotta pay to fix it yourself. If you want to start recording High Def, your gonna have to sell your TiVo and buy the new HD version. With the cable company you are just renting the box (at least with my provider you are). If it breaks you just go get another one. If you want to upgrade you just bring in the old and get the new. So there are upsides to renting. In my case I have gotten rid of all but one of my TiVo's, which I will probably be selling soon. I am renting a Hi-Def box until the TiVo Series 3 comes out, then I'm going to return the rented box and buy a Series 3. If you are fine with Standard Definition and will stay with it for at least 2 years then buying a TiVo makes sense. If you might go Hi-Def soon you might want to rent till the new TiVo comes out and buy it then.
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Originally Posted by btl-a4
Then you have either a $300 lifetime service fee, or a 12.95 a month service fee.
Tivo dropping the lifetime service option this week (or next).

http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/031106tivo/
http://news.designtechnica.com/article9742.html
http://www.engadget.com,%20www.engad...lable-for-now/
etc.
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^bump
To the OP, if he still hasn't made up his mind, Tivo has extended the time to get lifetime till 4/15/06 (you have to call them though) and must NOT buy any Tivos w/bundled service including any of the ones on tivo.com.

See the 1st post http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=290723 for all the official details.
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