Originally Posted by kcmotwcuser
I am not sure how you use TitanTv, as with Navigator you will not be able to do manual recordings. You have to select the show from the IPG, no other options. So if you are using TitanTv to enter manual record time you will HATE, Navigator.
I only use TitanTV to search for programming much like Tivo's Wish List. When the program shows up in their database, I get an email letting me know when it's on so I can then go into my IPG and schedule it for recording.
I am sure Cable wants us to buy our own boxes, the old STB inventory is going to be costly to replace.
Some people don't agree. They think hardware rental is a cash-cow, but I agree with you, I think they'd rather get out of the hardware business. The ROI on most DVRs today is around 4-5 years, so we need to get at least that much usage out of them to justify the purchase vs rental.
I would think hardware is going to last 2-5 year, just like you Desktop/Laptop. It is planned obsolescence. Both software and hardware companies make money by making your hardware Landfill junk.
I've had my 8300 for 2 years now and fully expect it will be viable for at least another 2-5 depending on what the retail marketplace actually offers once OCAP is in play. Of course, I am leaning toward buying whatever looks good, if that's what actually happens. I think the jury is still out on exactly what OCAP means hardware-wise.