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Old 12-31-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Tivo alternatives

I used to be pretty current on HTPCs but a few years ago I got fed up with the compatibility issues and bought myself a Tivo Series 2 with a lifetime subscription. It records my basic cable, has an easy an intuitive interface, and just works. But it doesn't do HD, and it never will. Tivo Premieres with lifetime subscriptions will cost a solid chunk of change.

I've done some cursory google queries, but I'm not having much luck, so I thought I'd try here.

Situation: using Tivo as DVR for current basic non-HD cable only. Will probably upgrade cable for more channels and HD in a few months. Would also like to be able to record OTA HD at that time.

1) What's the best way to do this?
2) If going the HTPC route, is there a way to do this with a HDHomeRun Prime as the tuner while recording to a FreeNAS's ZFS storage pool? (and possibly convert the raw recordings to an iPad friendly format)
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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If you're doing the HTPC, is there any reason you can just direct your recording storage target as your SMB or NFS share (Depending on your OS) on your FreeNAS?
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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2 options

1. Get a used TivoHD with lifetime on ebay (<$350) for HD -capable of receiving OTA HD as well. You can upgrade hard drive, and sell your existing Tivo.
2. Use HD Home run prime with Win 7 PC (~$140+$300). Plan for integrating into NAS or ext drive (2-4TB)

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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Hmm, might have to look into getting a TivoHD for my folks. Their DVR Pal...leaves something to be desired in terms of software.

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