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Titles says it all. I want to drop it from my monthly bill with verison. Is there a stand alone box that I can buy that doesnt require a monthly fee?
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You could get a big hard drive, hook your computer to your tv, and get a tv tuner (this would be an htpc). Theres also the Zotac Zbox and D-Link's Boxee Box
    
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Not an option. It's for my folks, not me.
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Okay, what do you want? Do they know how to use a remote or anything? You can get a Boxee Box at Walmart for around $200. http://www.walmart.com/ip/D-Link-Box...i_sku=15406969
    
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Yeah, go for something like the Boxee, or Google TV.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eseb1 View Post
Yeah, go for something like the Boxee, or Google TV.
yeah because either of those is a DVR

OP you can try finding a tivo box with lifetime service on ebay..
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Okay, what do you want? Do they know how to use a remote or anything? You can get a Boxee Box at Walmart for around $200. http://www.walmart.com/ip/D-Link-Box...i_sku=15406969
To be honest, whatever is simple.

I'm tempted to buy them a 360 and record on my PC. But when I move out, they're SOL. My dad is a technophobe so its gotta be pretty simple
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Only thing I've heard of is the Moxi...but those things are $$$$.
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@OP

What you're looking for is something like a Toshiba RD-XS52S. It is a DVD-R/RAM + HDD recorder. The only problem with most of them (including the XS52S/SU/SX) is they all have a fairly steep learning curve for all of the programs. They also lack multi-channel recording.

However, use that as a base to find similar devices that can record multi-channels (2x or more) and with a somewhat easy user interface and your pop will be good to go.

I literally just bought the RD-XS52SU (top of the line unit) at a thrift shop for 20$. It had the original purchase receipt, the remote control, instruction manual, and box with inserts. Works perfectly. If it didn't work I figured it was worth 20$ for the 160GB HDD inside.

Anyways, check around as there are tons of different models that do the same thing.

Also worth noting; anything digitally subscribed to like HBO/Cinemax/Showtime (usually the 100+ channels) will not be able to be unscrambled for recording. However all the channels below 100 will be fine as long as your provider is still sending in analog and not digital. Even then you can insert a digital box in-between for recording.
    
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