Scarecrow Posted November 12, 2009 Share Posted November 12, 2009 Didn't want to hijack Mitch's Comcast DVR thread but this is along somewhat similar lines. Up until now I had a Panasonic DVR which required no service charge; it just recorded what I wanted. It had a 'built-in' TV Guide and I could do the usual things with a DVR: timeslip, record one thing while watching something else, watch a DVD while recording a TV show, burn to a DVD, etc. We also have an old VCR which my wife prefers (semi-luddite). I had them all connected to my TV and they worked fine. Then Comcast went digital. They sent me a cable box and an adapter box for a 2nd tv. But my way didn't need a cable box, I just put the incoming cable directly into the DVR/TV/VCR. When they sent the boxes, they said the mid-range of channels (35-75) would be unreachable with out the box. But I put the box on a shelf and ignored it. Everything continued to work fine until last night when channels 39-59 scrambled. The problem is, with the boxes, you have to tune your DVR/TV/VCR to channel 3 and depend on the d#$%^$d box. Which means I lost all ability to be able to set up to record multiple channels at various times. I can only record the channel I have the box set to. What freakin #%%%#$%^ good is that?!? So. What can I do? If I have to now use a set box, I have no particular reason to stay with Comcast. They raise their rates way too often. From the thread Mitch had, it looked like some people thought Dish was a good way to go. Does anyone have pro/con's to Dish Vs DirectTV? Is there anyway I can use my existing DVR's functionality? Or am I screwed? Does anyone have suggestions for a go-forward plan? My TV watching is pretty simple. The local stations, a few cable ones (FX, TNT, TBS, USA, AMC, ComedyCentral) , no premium channels, no movie channels. I have 2 TV's (one in family room, one in bedroom), 1 VCR, 1 DVR. I usually record shows and watch later. Appreciate any advice you have. TIA, Link to comment
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