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Where is the competition for TiVo Series 3?

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I did some looking around and am surprised that nobody seems to be stepping up to offer HD DVR boxen to compete with the TiVo Series 3. I did find a few products but they were years old and appeared to be discontinued. Does anyone know of a serious competitor for Tivo in HD DVRs? Every time I see a news flash about such a thing it's a manufacturer selling them to cable companies but no consumer stuff. Am I just not looking hard enough or is there nothing out there?
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As with the hard drive DVD recorders, it seems the companies believe the market is too small because of cost in the smaller market numbers we AVSfolk represent.

YMMV
post #3 of 5
That's it in a nutshell. There just aren't enough customers willing to pay enough money.
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I am with dish network right now and they leased me this VIP622 HD DVR receiver. It works very well and I can use it to record OTA Local HD Channels. 90% of the time I still just watch my local HD channels. I don't know how much I would have to pay to keep this receiver if I were to cancel my service, but I can also pick one up used from online auctions sites for around $400. Seems like I could just buy it used for a fair price and then use it as standalone hd dvr receiver without subscribing to any satellite service.
Anyone know if it will work without any subscription?
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No it will not work without a sat subscription, also dish makes you subscribe to the sd locals if you want the guide info for the OTA channels.
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