Originally Posted by hollandboy
Or you can switch to a cable provider and purchase a DVR (TiVo) that will record the programs for you, then afterward transfer them to the Mag.
You also need a Cable Card that requires a monthly cableco fee.
Although I'm also not happy to pay any provider for a DVR, it's not as horrible as you might think. If they charge $7/mnth that equates to $84/yr. No idea what TiVo or Moxi costs these days, but the last time I looked they were around $250. That's 3 years of the provider's DVR,
Unfortunately, it is not $7/mth DVR anywhere that I am aware of, certainly not around where I live. It's hard to find out the real costs because the provider websites tend to obscure the costs as much as possible.
Ignoring short term promotions, the lowest I could find earlier this year was $12/month. Direct TV is $7/month for DVR service PLUS a monthly fee per outlet which is $5. Comcast charges a flat $15/month per outlet, so if you have more than one DVR the fees rise faster. These are SD prices, HD costs more. Dual tuner 160GB Premiere TiVos can be bought from TiVo for $200, older models are sometimes available for less.
and then it's unlikely that the TiVo or Moxi would be able to record multiple channels at the same time.
C'mon..., TiVo started the DVR industry and has had two tuners since way back when. Providers introduced their own DVRs to compete with TiVo, although not immediately. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiVo_di...ideo_recorders
for the history e.g. the Series 1 was introduced March 31, 1999 and that the "Series 1 DirecTV....have two tuners, DirecTiVos are able to record two programs at once."
Making comparisons is difficult, you really do need to do a lot of research to cut through the obfuscation.