First, this DVR is unlikely to save you money. While you may save the cost of renting a box from your Cable company, you pay $15 a month to TiVo, else you can't record any series, only individual episodes. Further, installation is a major headache. You must get a CableCARD *and* SDV Tuning Adapter (required since Cable companies now use switched digital video) from your Cable Company. These aren't free, they'll rent them to you. The SDV Tuning Adapter is about half the size of the DVR, so a full size set top box. So, I picked up a self-install kit. Now, it isn't rocket science, it just plugs in. However, trying to provision (activate) the Tuning Adapter and CableCARD was a nightmare. For some reason Charter couldn't seem to get it provisioned right. I had to pay $30 to have a technician come out, who did nothing more than I did: get on the phone with somebody who can provision it. After he went through the process, it worked this time. I had tried to get them to go through the provisioning process again on the phone, but they insisted on an install. I suspect they like to make it as difficult as possible. I probably wasted 6 hours in total trying to get it to work. Since it finally got set up, it has worked fairly well so far. It does require an Internet connection to download programming information, so have one ready. I am worried by numerous reports of additional problems with Tuning Adapters, but so far so good. The TiVo interface is a bit dated now. Most other DVRs seem much simpler to use, but that's just me. The picture decoding is great. The features are great. The HD size is 500GB, which is great. It has eSATA ports for expansion. All in all, it was a major mistake for me. Ending up spending more money in the short and long term, and got a DVR that is nicer than my old SA 8300HDC, but not that much better for the price.
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