Do your local cable providers not allow you to rent a Scientific Atlanta, or Motorola set top box with DVR ability? If it has the 1394 port enabled, you may be able to also record your OTA receptions, but I haven't tried that one yet myself. Ahh, but you'd have to pay for their Basic service also. So your locing at about $40 a month.
Perhaps Direct and Dish TV suffer a major drawback of the user having to purchase a Tivo unit for DVR ability. correct?
I hav e been considering a satelite provider, but have not been putting DVR in the equation. My local HD content is scarce to say the least.
I pay $13 a month for the HD + DVR
Versus $9 a month for a common Digital set top box.
I'm with Knology, Comcast is slightly higher.
The smart-alic answer: Put a camcorder in front of your TV and hit record. Be sure you are the optimal distance away.