questionswhat cheap hd tivo/dvr can you recommend?

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You don't mean cheap - you mean inexpensive!

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I have a Hauppauge TV tuner card for my PC. I lurve it. With Windows Media Center, you can download your local directory and use it like a DVR. Also, you can eventually write the files to disc if you so choose later down the road. If you do choose to go with a TV consolve version, be sure you get one that can record on one channel while watching another. Otherwise, you might miss a show (like if it changes nights mid-season -- Thanks a lot Fox).

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You could also try calling your cable service provider... Chances are they have a DVR you can use for maybe $10/month or so.

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@jsoko: The one they offer only work with a cable signal, not OTA. I haven't checked yet, but a co-worker told me one is available from Tivo for under $100. I'll check that out later tonight.

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TiVo had the new Premier box on sale for $99 with a 2 year $19.99/month commitment for a long while. Might be worth calling them to see if you can get the deal. Their phone agents are in the US and I've gotten great deals just by calling and asking.

I love my TiVos, I have 5 TiVo boxes of varying ages in my home right now.

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For just over the air channels it's very hard to beat the Channel Master CM-7000. There is no fee ever. You just purchase the box (299.00) and that's it. It will only record over the air channels (digital) and I think some clear cable signals (not sure I dont't have cable). I have one of these and will likely purchase another soon. The interface and remotes look exactly like the Dishnetwork equipment. Recommended!

You can see the specs at http://www.channelmaster.com/Digital_TV_and_HDTV_HD_digital_recorder_CM_7000PAL_DVR_s/120.htm