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Tivo or alternative?

I have been looking at Tivo or alternatives like the digital recorders that some of the cable providers offer. I am not looking for links to tivo or anything like that. I want opinions of people who have these or know something.

1 thing i have heard about tivo is that you can record 1 show and watch something else at the same time but the show you would watch has to be on basic cable. no premiums. is that true? are there any big drawbacks to tivo? would you recommend it?

i know my mom's cable company offers digital recorders for like $5-10 a month and it is supposed to almost be better than tivo. Anyone know about this and does comcast offer this? That is who we will have for our house.
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cable is gay. get directv, and get a directivo. directivo is the best thing that ever happened to my tv viewing. i watch about 5% live tv now, and 95% recorded.

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Im with Chris....DirecTivo is the way to go. You can record 2 shows at once. You can watch one and record another too. Premium channels make no differnce. I record all the PPV on Tivo.

Tivo is the most popular brand name out there....are they the best? I don't know, but they are dam good.
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I personally use Ultimate TV. Its basicly just like Tivo. Its still through directv.

When I decided on it there was a reason why I went with it over tivo, but to this day I cant remembewr what the heck that reason was. But I can say that I am very happy with it.




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Im with Chris....DirecTivo is the way to go. You can record 2 shows at once. You can watch one and record another too. Premium channels make no differnce. I record all the PPV on Tivo.

Tivo is the most popular brand name out there....are they the best? I don't know, but they are dam good.

to add to what john said, you can also record 2 live shows while watching a 3rd show you previously recorded!!! its the shit.

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so directv is the way to go huh? how much is directv? I would want the movie package. is directv more than digital cable? is it really worth getting? my parents had sat tv and it would go out in bad weather, or any weather with think cloud cover. that sucked.
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i pay about 50 bucks a month for directv. this includes standard "cable" channels like mtv, vh1, discover, blah blah blah. i also subscribe to locals. This includes my tivo service charge too.

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TV is a lot less than cable when you combine all the movie packages. The Cable company gets all their feed from the satellites. Basically you are getting the digital signal directly to your house.

Make sure when you get the DirectTiVo which is the way to go, it is the one that has the dual tuner (giving you the capability of recording 2 shows in different channels while you watch something pre-recorded)

Bad weather causes satellite to go out when it is one (really extreme) or two (poor installation of the dish). Make sure that when they install the dish it is solid and that your signal is above 80. And it should not go out unless it is really bad. I have had DirectTivo for a while and I only lost my signal after a bad installation.

The price will depend on the package, but the platinum package in direct TV is a good deal in my opinion. You will be able to record any movie you want. Tivo service is about 10 bucks a month.

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DirecTivo is the best out there....anyone subscribe to PBTV? I was reading up on Tivo on the AVS forum and someone mentioned a promo for $10 a month. They also mentioned that you can subscribe/unsubscribe multiple times per month and they prorate the charge with no added fee. You can literally see a movie you want to watch, subscribe, Tivo it, and cancel the next day for about $2.00. Beats the $12.99 3 hour block. BTW this info is mainly for Vcook.
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DirecTivo is the best out there....anyone subscribe to PBTV? I was reading up on Tivo on the AVS forum and someone mentioned a promo for $10 a month. They also mentioned that you can subscribe/unsubscribe multiple times per month and they prorate the charge with no added fee. You can literally see a movie you want to watch, subscribe, Tivo it, and cancel the next day for about $2.00. Beats the $12.99 3 hour block. BTW this info is mainly for Vcook.
hold out for the 3 hour porno block that gets all the nudie channels. then tivo 2 of them for future viewing. i havent done this yet, but hope to soon. hahahhahha!

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My staelite has only gone out like 3 times in the last year, and it was only for a few minutes while some very serious storms passed through. Shouldnt have your shit on in those storms anyways




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I ordered the 3 hour block once....very dissapointed...seems there is only one decent flick on at a time. Tivoing two of them also assumes you are not tempted to flip back and forth between five channels.

My point is PBTV is nearly the same price for a MONTH's worth of live accessibility plus every night at 10pm they have a "director's cut" movie which is pretty much hardcore. (No $ shot or an#l.)
Naughty Amateur Home Videos is pretty much hardcore too.

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go ahead and make the mix tape, i'll base my pbtv subscription decision on that. lol

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go ahead and make the mix tape, i'll base my pbtv subscription decision on that. lol
i am not complaining at all but about 4 months ago the playboy channel just showed up on our programming. of course i didnt say anything to the cable company but it is perfect. We have unlimited access and it isnt in our bill at all. I think that someone from my building messed with the cable box but I am not sure. Either way, getting free porn.
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I got a replay TV instead of Tivo. Works just as good, and I dont have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee to have it like you do with Tivo.

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I got a replay TV instead of Tivo. Works just as good, and I dont have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee to have it like you do with Tivo.
can you get them with built in direct tv receivers?

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I have Dish Network wit da PVR thingy in it. It rocks as well, very happy,,,,,,, however,,,,,, you cannot record 2 shows at once and you can not record one while watching another. Bonus with it is that it was cheaper than Direct TV. It only costs me $5 a month (for the PVR lease thing and service) Because of the ultra SHETTE music stations, I will probably go to Direct TV with the TIVO............... Any one have anyone to recommend with regard to switching my service to this mega must have Direct TV??????

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damn, I've got to go and run that second Coax cable for the second DirecTV line. Right now I can only watch one and record another. I'm missing out!

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damn, I've got to go and run that second Coax cable for the second DirecTV line. Right now I can only watch one and record another. I'm missing out!
you are missing out. i ran another line to mine and now i'm living the good life.

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