Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
Yeah upgrading the drive in the Roamio Plus I got last year was the first thing I did, wasn't worried about warranty issues. And it's been fine.
Makes me smile, remembering getting my two Replay 5080 back in 2004 and immediately, before even turning them on, swapping them out for a 160 and a 200 (yeah, those were the days). Dirt simple.
Those babies lasted until I retired the Replays due to loss of analog cable in mid-2011.
For the record, when analog cable switched to digital I went to WMC and cableCARD. That lasted 4 years, until something went wacky with the whole cableCARD part of it--so I dumped pay TV and went straight to OTA, cutting $63 out of my cable bill.
I bought some refurb Silicon Dust ethernet tuners, and they plugged right in and immediately--without hassle--fed my existing WMC setup, complete with my existing scheduled OTA network recordings. Nice.
But here I sit with an almost 5 year old WMC setup, fully aware of what THAT means--and fond memories of my ReplayTVs.
Trust me when I say, as much as it will absolutely KILL me to lose automatic commercial skip, I see a Tivo system in my probably not-so-far future.
I wouldn't have said that a few years ago, but with the non-premium cable channels going to crap and with Netflix and Hulu (no commercials!) filling in the gaps, the world has changed. I don't watch as much actual television as I used to, and the OTA networks became the primary source of that within the last year or so. I no longer care about the two cable-only tiers of programming I used to have. That $63 savings from cutting pay TV went to fund two more streams of Netflix (an additional $4 over the Netflix I already had) plus commercial-free Hulu ($12)--a very fair tradeoff.
And as much as I was worried that the family would revolt, let me tell you--my wife easily fit right in with the new setup, and the kids even more so. Kids nowadays really don't care, in this world of Netflix and Hulu and Youtube.
All I used that WMC computer for was recording and watching TV, and I put Roku beside every TV--and all I'm using Roku for is Netflix and Hulu, with an occasional Amazon rental. I guess Tivo would provide a complete solution.
Yeah, I'll miss my WMC much in the same way I miss my ReplayTV. But such is life.