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DVRs: Purchase or Rent from cable company?

lbaboyd
08-24-2006, 10:25 AM
I haven't made a buy up to HDTV and digital cable yet, so my questions are based on just some things I've heard and wonder about.

When I make my move, I'll be sticking with TW cable. It sounds like most cable subscribers get (rent, I suppose) a DVR from their cable company to record programs -- is that pretty much the case? On the other hand, I seen to hear of some folks buying their own DVR -- are those folks without cable, or is there a view that even if you have cable you might consider buying your own? If so, which models are recommended/popular and what cost are we talking about?

hi2udavid
08-24-2006, 11:24 AM
I currently rent which includes the monthly access fee. The total is roughly $17/mo. My remote whet bad 6 months later and they gave me a new and improved one. If the DVR goes bad then I will be given a new one. Good deal. My options to purchase (TIVO for example) will cost me $200 or more PLUS a monthly access fee of roughly $15/mo. For me it makes sense to rent so I always have a working unit for about the same monthly access cost with NO up front cost (up front cost would be the purchase of my own unit) nor any replacement cost. Great deal!

Jerry1808
08-24-2006, 05:30 PM
I agree, rent. I'm with Comcast and lease two dvrs at a cost of $10/mo for the first unit and $15/mo for the second. If something goes south on them it's just a matter of trading machines and when the next generation becomes available, again just trade plus no big upfront costs.

RandyWalters
08-24-2006, 07:07 PM
I haven't made a buy up to HDTV and digital cable yet, so my questions are based on just some things I've heard and wonder about.

When I make my move, I'll be sticking with TW cable. It sounds like most cable subscribers get (rent, I suppose) a DVR from their cable company to record programs -- is that pretty much the case? On the other hand, I seen to hear of some folks buying their own DVR -- are those folks without cable, or is there a view that even if you have cable you might consider buying your own? If so, which models are recommended/popular and what cost are we talking about?
Some Canadian cable companies give you the option of buying the DVR from them (or authorized retailers) but you're stuck with the particular model and software platform they offer.

In the USA, the cable companies only rent DVRs but i've seen a few posts where people say that some companies are now allowing you to buy the box, but i don't think TWC sells them at all. DVRs bought on EBay or from Craigslist etc will never work on any US cable system, even if it happened to come from your same neighborhood.

I have three (two SA8300HDs and my old SA8000HD) and there's no way i'd want to spend $700 each for one of these, then get stuck with the incredibly high repair bill if it breaks down. When mine went bad, i simply carried it to my local TWC office and they replaced it with the newest model with the newest software. $16.oo a month to rent, vs spending $2,100.oo and being responsible for them.

You should just call your cable company and ask them directly.

paulc
08-24-2006, 08:08 PM
Holy smokes, and here I thought I was in THE most expensive market (NYC). My cost for DVR "service" along with a 8300HD is $8.95.month.

Jerry1808
08-24-2006, 09:02 PM
Yes, but how much do you pay for electricity to run it? :)

paulc
08-25-2006, 10:01 AM
Reminds me... I have GOT to get a Kill-a-Watt...

TyTimp
08-25-2006, 10:16 AM
I'm with Comcast and lease two dvrs at a cost of $10/mo for the first unit and $15/mo for the second.

Anyone else see a problem with this pricing? More money for the second DVR?

Some Canadian cable companies give you the option of buying the DVR from them (or authorized retailers) but you're stuck with the particular model and software platform they offer.

Actually, cable companies use a particular brand but others will work too. Rogers uses SA but others will work.
I got 6 month free HDTV and PVR rental from a promotion when I got my TV then purchased it at the end of teh term. Made sense since it would pay for itself in two years. (I actually bought my TV from BB with the promotion, returned the TV when I found a place that would save me $800 and kept the 6 month free HDTV and PVR :D ) I didn't plan it that way.

Jerry1808
08-25-2006, 10:37 AM
I thought the pricing structure was kind of strange too (10 for the 1st, 15 for the 2nd) and questioned support about it and that's just the way its set up. Still, I think it's cheap compared to paying several hundred dollars for each unit if I bought them. (or some equivalent manufacturer)