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  • TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

    IDK if it varies with each Cable Company (I have Cablevision) but is there any reason to choose Tivo over your cable companies DVR?
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    Re: TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

    I use Cox's DVR and while it can record two shows at once, you can't watch anything else at the same time. Never used a TiVo before, but I'm sure it's much better than the DVR.

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      Re: TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

      The TiVo interface is superior. Wishlists. With home networking, you can share some content with your computer and download movies from Amazon and Netflix.

      I had a cable dvr for three months, and it was often slow to respond to remote commands. Then I switched to a HD TiVo with dual tuner. The only thing the TiVo cannot do is receive "on demand" programming from the cable company.

      Instead of renting the dvr from the cable co, I pay TiVo a monthly subscription fee, and I pay a little over a buck to the cable co for the cable cards that allow the TiVo to decode scrambled channels.
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        Re: TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

        I've had a DVR for several years and have never had any issues with it.

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          Re: TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

          Thanks for the reply.

          It wouldn't be an HD DVR since I don't have a HD TV (I don't think I do at least).

          with TiVo can you watch 1 program and record 2 different ones? I have heard that my cable company's DVR is better than TiVo (which you can watch 1 and tapes 2 w/the cable one) and that is 1 reason why.

          But the thought of having to give it back if I move vs. keeping the TiVo "forever" that is hindering my decision. Does TiVo do payment plans?

          The monthly cost is the same for the 2, though TiVo ia runig some free months specials.
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            Re: TiVo vs Cable's DVR?

            There are some older series 2 TiVos that have dual tuners, but if you have scrambled channels you have to hook them up to at least one cable box. HD TiVos use cable cards that are installed by the cable company--no cable box required, but no "on demand" either. You can hook up an HD TiVo to a regular TV, and it will downconvert the signal--just like an adapter or cable box. Then if you get an HD TV later, you are good to go.

            As for recording two programs at once, your choices are: 1) watch one of the channels being recorded, 2) watch a previously recorded program, or 3) bypass the TiVo and watch a channel directly off the cable.

            A feature on the TiVo that I really like that's not available on cable dvr is the "Wishlist" You can choose to record programs based on a keyword, genre, or actor's name or combinations of them. I have a "Carol Burnett" "comedy" wishlist and a "Disney*" "travel" wishlist, for example. The TiVo will seek out and record any program that matches a wishlist, no matter what channel it's on.

            There is a monthly service charge for TiVo, or you can pay up front for "lifetime" service. I did that years ago for my first single tuner TiVo that I still use, and TiVo discounts the service charge for my HD TiVo.
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              We had a DirectTV deal with tivo for a long time when i was in high school, and loved it. It was our first DVR ever. Then, when we upgraded to HD service, we discovered DTV didn't have the TiVo deal anymore, it had their own in-house DVR. I was actually upset watch the satellite guy install it! I hope my mom kept the TiVo box from them for future use. DTV's DVR turned out to be pretty good, and the tradeoff was that we loved the HD service.
              When I moved here to orange, we got Time Warner cable. We knew we wanted the cable internet, and that the satellite TV would be too much, so we got an internet/tv package, with the HD and DVR from Time Warner.
              So far it's been fine, but I've noticed that I've missed a lot of options from both the TiVo and the DirectTV DVR. For instance, "the list" of recorded shows does not sort itself into folders for each show, like the TiVo does. We cannot watch live TV if 2 shows are recording at once; only something already recorded off the list. TiVo also had 2 live TV tuners, so that you can switch between two shows (like during the ads) without losing the ability to rewind or losing your place, and I really miss that.

              Personally, if I can afford it in the future, I would like to have full-on TiVo. Just the way it works is so much more natural and intuitive than anything else i've used (and the TiVo we had with DTV wasn't even the full deal, I don't think. It was a version customised for DTV and combined with the satellite box.
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