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HD DVRs: What are my options? (re: cablecard, comcast, etc)

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I won't get into all of the reasons, but Comcast offered me an excellent TV package for about 1/4th the price of my current Dish Network subscription so I'm pretty sure I'll be switching.

However, unlike satellite providers, I actually have DVR options for cable.

Here's what I've found for options:

1) Comcast DVR. They recently upgraded the guide on their Scientific Atlanta boxes so I've been told it's actually not that bad right now. However, they still charge $17/month for each HD DVR.

2) TiVo. These are very popular and I actually purchased one as a trial (to use with OTA) and it's decent. I have the TiVo Premiere and the HD UI really is unusable plus 75% of the screens are still in SD. Also, the channel guide is HORRIBLE looking unless I'm missing something. Scrolling through the guide quickly causes lots of black (blank) listings that only appear after a second or two of lag, etc. Also, these cost $20/month per box (that's half the price of my cable service!!) or I could find a used box with a lifetime subscription for around $400.

3) Ceton InfiniTV4 (ie. Windows Media Center). I don't mind the $400 price tag (because there are no monthly fees PLUS you get four tuners!), but you need to use Windows Media Center to watch and record DRM content (ie. HBO, some other programs, etc). This wouldn't even be that big of a problem, but you need to use Media Center Extenders to watch live TV (for DRM programs, etc). The X-Box 360 really does have a lot of lag when acting as a media extender and I don't think it would pass the wife test.

4) Moxi. I don't know a ton about them but they don't really stand out or anything. I know that you CAN'T transfer recordings to a PC (like TiVo) which is a bit of disappointment.

Are there any other options? What do most of you folks use? (for cablecard/comcast cable)
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I have two Comcast HD DVR boxes and love them. The only think that sucks about Comcast is the price. I do pay an extra 16 or 17 for each HD DVR box, the non-DVR boxes are $8 per month for each one. So it is really and additional $8 or so.
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