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DVR without the monthly fee?

Can you get a DVR to use on any TV that you don't have to pay a monthly fee? Thinking about getting sat or cable again, been without them for a few years. I don't want to pay them extra each month for a DVR if I can just buy one and use it.

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Can you get a DVR to use on any TV that you don't have to pay a monthly fee? Thinking about getting sat or cable again, been without them for a few years. I don't want to pay them extra each month for a DVR if I can just buy one and use it.
an HTPC can do it with software.
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I have replaytv with lifetime activation. no hd or anything special, but its nice for the bedroom. you can find them on ebay and CL for some good prices

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an HTPC can do it with software.
Ok I gotta ask the stupid question. What does HTPC stand for?

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I bought a Phillips DVDR 3350H a couple of years ago from Walmart. It came with a 5.1 surround receiver and speakers but I haven't seen it around in a long time. PM me and I can give you the product numbers for both.


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I have replaytv with lifetime activation. no hd or anything special, but its nice for the bedroom. you can find them on ebay and CL for some good prices
So it'll record off any input? If so I might just look for one.

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Ok I gotta ask the stupid question. What does HTPC stand for?
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Ok thanks.

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I've been using home theater PC's since 2003. I've built probably 20 or so for friends and they're stupid easy to use and setup. Get an old PC and install a Hauppage dual tuner card in it. If you're using a settop box you'll need a tuner card with IR blaster capabilities (little infrared trigger that makes the computer input the remote codes to change the channel on the settop box). You can get some really small cases and components that don't required fans (I've made a completely fanless HTPC for instance). Interface with Windows Media Center is crazy good. My wife is actually better at it than I am.

CEO of our company just bought a old series 2 Tivo that someone had purchased the lifetime subscription for... another alternative.
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I've been using home theater PC's since 2003. I've built probably 20 or so for friends and they're stupid easy to use and setup. Get an old PC and install a Hauppage dual tuner card in it. If you're using a settop box you'll need a tuner card with IR blaster capabilities (little infrared trigger that makes the computer input the remote codes to change the channel on the settop box). You can get some really small cases and components that don't required fans (I've made a completely fanless HTPC for instance). Interface with Windows Media Center is crazy good. My wife is actually better at it than I am.

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I have two replays. One on lifetime and one on 6.95/mo.
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