Yeah, did some reading up on it last night. Apparently first gen tivo's could work with basic pvr functions without a sub... you'd have to subscribe to get the channel guide, and the thing where it suggests shows to watch by automatically recording them (which, personally, I think is dumb), etc.
It's hard enough getting them to pay $10/mo for dial-up to check email (and forget trying to convince them to pay for broadband, much less venture out beyond email)... just don't know if they'd be willing to pay a subscription fee for it.
Been thinking about building them a MythTV, Freevo, or if I stick with XP, Media Portal box from my old media pc. Might end up going that route instead... I can only imagine how fun it'll be teaching them how to use it ...
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