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I don't have a Tivo or Tivo-clone (or even cable!). But now that you can stream "TV" through the internet, I've been wondering about using a recorder to time shift programs. Nine years ago Cool Tools ran a review of the cheapest Tivo box, but things have revolutionized since then.

What's the current best practice and gear for time-shifting TV, and commercial deleting? What is the best and what is the cheapest?

asked Aug 07 '13 at 12:24

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When my folks went into assisted living, they lost HD cable and thus, their DVR. They used the DVR tp catch the news which came on always during mealtimes. We bought a TIVO only to learn that it must have internet access, so we ponied up 90 more bucks for a gizmo to enable a wifi connection to their PC, only to learn that we had to upgrade our modem before the gizmo would work, only to learn when logging on that we had to pay TIVO to open an account for the service they provide, and that would take 24 to 48 hourse (I guess to ensure that credit card number was legit). Once on line, the programming was tortuous to set up for 90 year olds compared to Comcast's DVR.

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answered Aug 12 '13 at 01:42

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When my folks went into assisted living, they lost HD cable and thus, their DVR. They used the DVR to catch the news which came on always during mealtimes. We bought a TIVO only to learn that it must have internet access, so we ponied up 90 more bucks for a gizmo to enable a wifi connection to their PC, only to learn that we had to upgrade our modem before the gizmo would work, only to learn when logging on that we had to pay TIVO to open an account for the service they provide, and that would take 24 to 48 hours(I guess to ensure that credit card number was legit). Once on line, the programming was tortuous to set up for 90 year olds compared to Comcast's DVR. We finally got it working after 45 days of fuss. You decide - TIVO or DVR.

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answered Aug 12 '13 at 01:44

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I've used DVRs from DirecTV, Dish, U-Verse and Tivo (previous and current generations)--and also tried to live with a Roku box, and only U-verse comes close in terms of functionality and interface/process functionality. It's a kick in the teeth to pay the monthly subscription to TiVo, but ultimately judged worth it to me and my family. Netflix streaming has been great for us--no issues at all. All the other DVRs have been clunky, not logical/streamlined in their UI, and more difficult to program. If you have the money, TiVo is the way to go, hands down.

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answered Aug 13 '13 at 07:37

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