Originally Posted by JediSpork
I might experiment with a outdoor antenna also.
Does your TV have a digital tuner? You could always check out the OTA possibility using that, and just either rent a DVR or do without until the TR-50 comes out, provided you can get OTA reliably. You can get lots of great help on this forum with OTA reception advice.
If you don't have a digital tuner, you could apply for the $40.00 govt. coupons and get one pretty cheap - even free in some cases (like the TR-40). They should start sending out the coupons to applicants anytime now, and the boxes are starting to show up in places like Walmart & BB.
If you have a DVD recorder with a digital tuner, you could just record in SD until the TR-50 is available. The Panasonics have excellent PQ, so it wouldn't be such an unbearable sacrifice in the meantime. Or even just get a cheap Magnavox. Even the Maggie with HDD is the same price as the cheapest Panny DVD recorder. Not really a bad addition if you like to occassionally archive stuff anyway.
If you already have one without a digital tuner, you could use one of the govt. boxes with it.
Remember too, that with TiVo using QAM, if you just have limited basic, the chances are high that you won't get any guide info for the locals, because of the odd channel mapping. At least that's what I always hear around here, anyway. You might have to use/rent a CableCARD, also. So in all, between the two and taxes, you could still end up paying over $30.00 a month, just so your aware. Pre-paying for the 3-yr. TiVo rate would at least knock over $4.50/mo. off of that, plus, you'll be locked into that rate.