I'd be inclined to build a Myth box but only because I like mucking with that sort of thing. If your goal is to have a no-muss, no-fuss, turnkey DVR, TiVo is it. I'd just go out and buy a new one, *UNLESS* the old one has a lifetime membership attached to it that you can't transfer to a new unit. (If you tried to revive it and it failed, would you have a use for the drive you bought?)
Ummm... what he said. (Which is why I chose "other" as best, 'cause you've got to *decide* whether you want to build a Mythbox or if you don't want to fsck with it.
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)|| |
I want to...
but I think to buy the components I'd really want [ATSC tuner & HDMI video out] it might end up being too expensive.
Do you have lifetime service? That is what happened to ours. It died after 5 years of faithful service but it has the lifetime service on it. Because of that Tivo will sell you a newer one for I believe $149, with the service. Otherwise if you buy a new box, it's a new service fee. How are you surviving without Tivo? Are you ok? When we lost TIVO my dad was moping around the house like he lost his best friend. You can get an RMA & they will send it right out to you.
|Date:||March 5th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)|| |
No, we're month-to-month...
I wonder if an HD TiVo works with an SD set in the same way an HDTV converter does--I don't want to have to buy a new set for upstairs just yet.
Three words - HD TiVo. I've been toying with building a XBMC box (mainly to rip all my DVDs so the kids will quit scratching them to hell), but TiVo's software is teh rulezz.
XBox Media Center?
I agree that TiVo does pretty much rule the DVR UI war.
|Date:||March 5th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Xbox Media Center indeed. They have quite a lovely UI, they run on Windows and Mac, and they will play ISOs of your DVDs, so you do not have to forgo bonus features and menus when you convert DVDs to a non=physical form.
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)|| |
Wait...I'm confused...XBox Media Center doesn't run on an XBox?
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)|| |
They ported it: http://xbmc.org/
It is hell of sweet. TiVo still wins the DVR game, mind, but for DVDs and downloaded movies. XBMC rocks the face.
20GB is pretty small [what I had was 200]...and the site says it's discontinued. What was it about it that you really liked, though, feature-wise?
|Date:||March 5th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I would lean toward you getting a new TiVo.
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)|| |
price seems a little high right now, though...may have to make do.
|Date:||March 5th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)|| |
I've gone from ReplayTV (great) to my cable company's HD DVR (absolute and utter crap) to MythTV (fantastic) and my only regret is that I didn't build a MythTV box sooner. The flexibility you get with MythTV is unsurpassed, IMHO. The only drawbacks are that it does take some time to get set up, and that there's almost too many options for recordings (and they are not hugely well documented.)
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)|| |
so what I'd like to be able to do is...
record one show from the antenna while watching another show either from the antenna or from disk. [Doesn't necessarily have to be a dual-tuner ATSC, though, because I can just use the tuner on the TV for real-time OTA feed.
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: so what I'd like to be able to do is...
Should be easy. Hook up a splitter to the antenna line, one output to the TV's antenna in, one to the tuner card in the MythTV box, output from the MythTV box to video inputs on the TV. With a single tuner in the MythTV there's no problem watching a prerecorded show while another show records.
We have an old TiVo that we don't use any more. (we switched to high def) We can bring it to you when we come down in April..
That's an option I hadn't thought of! What do you have a Series 2?
I'm not sure... I think it's a series 2. We got it in 2004.
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
I'd say bring it down...maybe if I'm still trying to get mine to work, I can mix and match the parts.
will do! rich is worried we'll forget something else important if we have to remember the TiVo. But I think it'll be ok... :)
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)|| |
another option is EBAY -- there is a TIVO 2 with a current bid of $51 with 1 hour left -- current time 9:00 pm
|Date:||March 6th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
not a bad option....I'll watch the listings for a while and see what the prices are like.
Do you have cable? I would definitely get an HD Tivo and two cablecards.
Remind me to send you the GMap of where I live...
OTA is my only programming source at the moment.