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DVR/ tivo with no monthly fee?
04-26-2012, 09:04 PM
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DVR/ tivo with no monthly fee?
Good Day,

I was wondering if anyone knew of a Tivo / DVR type devise that I can purchase and use without having to pay a monthly fee? I don't want to pay the cable company or tivo a monthly fee. I don't mind programing it without a fancy menu. I basically want a device live an old school VRC but recording to a hard drive vice tape.

Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks -will
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04-28-2012, 09:12 PM
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RE: DVR/ tivo with no monthly fee?
LoL ( sorry for that )...you want tivo to record what??...and you want to get by your cable company as well???....now don't get me wrong, there are a " lot " of web sites that have " previous " ( older ) recordings of shows/episodes...but for the current and the latest ( as in " now ") well-l-l-l-l......free ain't free.....

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04-29-2012, 04:08 PM
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(04-28-2012 09:12 PM)Aerial9 Wrote:  LoL ( sorry for that )...you want tivo to record what??...and you want to get by your cable company as well???....now don't get me wrong, there are a " lot " of web sites that have " previous " ( older ) recordings of shows/episodes...but for the current and the latest ( as in " now ") well-l-l-l-l......free ain't free.....


Sorry about that, i may not have explained myself well. I am looking for a device that does what a VCR does but instead of recording to a tape i would like to record to a hard drive. I will pay for cable but I don't want to pay to rent a dvr from the cable company.

I would basically like a device that i can hook up to the tv, tell it when to record something, and play back from it later. just not on a tape.

Thanks for any help you can give.
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04-29-2012, 04:51 PM
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Even if you buy a DVR like Tivo you still have to rent a cable card from the cable company. Most cable companies encrypt their channels. The card allows you to decrypt the channels.

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04-29-2012, 05:02 PM
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RE: DVR/ tivo with no monthly fee?
The problem is that the folks who create the channel guide and listing tend to want to get paid for their services.

I have not heard of a box that you can just use as a digital VCR replacement.

Try this link, http://www.mythtv.org/ Also visit Revision3's web site, look for SHOWS and then ARCHIVED SHOWS. Look for a show called "Systm". Episode 2 they made a MythTV box. It is an old show, from 2007, but see if this is what you are thinking of.
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04-29-2012, 08:40 PM
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Once again this screams 'I need an HTPC' to me. MythTV is one good way to set it up, and there's plenty more options. You just need to be sure you get a cable tuner device for the HTPC.

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04-30-2012, 07:07 PM
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Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I did not know about the card that is needed for the signal or anything. I must confess I had to look up what an HTPC is. Is there some palce I could buy an HTPC without having to build one? The last time I built a PC most of us used pagers not cell phones.

Does anyone have any brand or model recommendations for an HTPC?
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04-30-2012, 07:29 PM (This post was last modified: 04-30-2012 07:30 PM by mike_in_md.)
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Hey mods, please delete this. I misread the previous post.
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05-01-2012, 01:31 AM
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Mike, which post did you want deleted? More info, and I'll see if I can fix it.
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05-01-2012, 07:27 AM
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RE: DVR/ tivo with no monthly fee?
If you want to stick to the Windows world, there's the Acer Revo series of computers:
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/group/desktops (Scroll down to the Revo)
Or the Asus EeeBox series:
http://commercial.asus.com/product/index/22
Particularly this model:
http://commercial.asus.com/product/detail/101
If you'll notice, there are good options with an optical drive built in. If you've got DVDs to watch, these can replace at least one more device in your entertainment center. Sadly, none of these options include Bluray.
You'd need to add the external tuner, likely something from Hauppage:
http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods.html

If you are open to going Apple for this project, there's the Mac mini:
http://www.apple.com/macmini/
For the tuner there's Elgato's line of products:
http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu...rs.en.html
If you want to add more hard drive storage, and an optical drive, there's a good option coming soon from Newertech:
http://www.newertech.com/products/ministackmax.php
When announced, the new miniStack Max was said to be coming with an optional Bluray drive eventually, although for video playback you'd have to install Windows on your mini -ironically.

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