Originally Posted by w00t!
Is there such a thing? Basically I want a DVR that will function like a VCR...Plug in my cable from the wall into the DVR, set it up to record certain times, just like a VCR, but without tapes, and with digital quality. Is there such a thing? I just don't see why where has to be a monthly fee involved, I didn't have to pay monthly to record tv shows onto vcr to view at a later time, why should I have to pay monthly to do this?
Also, do any of them double as a tv tuner, need one to go with my Panasonic AE900U projector.
You don't need to pay a monthly fee if you get a TiVO w/lifetime subscription (going away as an option on 4/15/06). At $30-80 for the unit and $299 for lifetime, the breakeven point for the subscription is ~23 months.
I've owned Tivos in one form or another since March 2001 and they're GREAT. I put lifetime on all my standalone TiVos. They totally change the way you watch TV.
If you get a real PVR (like a TiVo or Replay), at least w/TiVo (Replay has something similar), you just find the shows you want by title, keyword, actor, director, etc. and tell it to record. There's no screwing around w/channel, start/end time and date. If you like a series, just get a season pass (costs nothing). It automatically records all occurrences of that show on that channel and is generally intelligent about not recording dupes. If it misses 1 showing due to a (time) conflict, it'll record the next showing.
Having to screw with start/end times like VCR w/o tapes is silly and a waste of time.
You can also see auto-record wishlists (Replay has something similiar). Say, I'm interested in catching something about Boeing or want to catch all the shows and movies w/Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston in them. I can set an ARWL to record these and when something comes up that matches the criteria, it auto-records it for me. (FYI, on the cheapest English package of DirecTV which is what I subscribe to, I see 5 things w/Angelina Jolie and 36 things w/Jennifer Aniston [mostly Friends episodes] in the next 2 weeks.)