murixbob wrote:Why get a Tivo when you can get an HDHomerun for about the same price and not have to pay for a silly subscription fee?
If you have Win7 it has media center for free and works just as well.
There is no cable card so you cannot use your cable provider's TV unless you do the unencrypted channels or an antenna. Those are the lower local channels. I think there are a few non-local ones?
It also does not hook up to your TV. Most people I can haz? a media server type setup. Most want plug and go. The HDHomerun hooks up to your computer so you can watch TV from any computer. If you want to watch it on a TV, you have to have something hooked up to your TV that will stream what is on the computer. In my case, My Tivo stream recorded video from my computer using the free desktop software. If you don't have a TiVo, you would need another computer. There might be other devices that will take the place of a computer, but I don't know of them. Personally, If you want to do free TV, you're better off with an internet streaming device. That's just my opinion, others may have a different one.
Next, The TiVo connects to Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Amazon Instant video, YouTube, AOL video and a few others I cannot think of off the top of my head. They also have games on the TiVo, but I don't bother with those.
Next it's not as complicated to set up. If you want simple and free, you go with an internet streaming device that streams Netflix, Hulu, etc. Or maybe Slinbox. If you want to be able to record video, do internet streaming, and stream video from your computer without a complex setup, stream video from other Tivo's elsewhere in the house, then TiVo is the way to go. I'm sure some other people will weigh in with other options, and most will be good choices.
Also, you can control what your Tivo records from anywhere using your mobile device. I can set up new season passes, delete season passes, set up new recordings, etc. The HDhomerun does not do that as far as I can tell. I also don't think you can set up season passes that will record your show on any channel at anytime. You can change that setting to just a certain time, certain channel or just new episodes. That's part of what you pay for.
Finally, the TiVo stream is a nice little device that will allow you to watch recorded TV on your device from anywhere and even allow you to download the recording to your device. I cannot tell if HDHomerun allows you to download to apple or android device. I know it allows you to stream live TV and I think recordings, but it does not allow you to download them to your device. Just stream.
As far as the price of the service. It is true that they charge a monthly fee but they do have a lifetime subscription. By lifetime, they mean the life of the device. If you sell the box, the lifetime subscription goes with it. Is lifetime service expensive? Yes it is, but for those that rent cable DVR's from their TV providers, you make your money back in a few years and you own it. My mom has a Tivo that is 10 years old and still going strong. Mostly, it's the hard drives that fail on these things and you can buy pre-programmed hard drives so replacing them is not difficult.
Hope this answers your question.
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