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mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

Cisco 8642 hddvr

I currently only subscribe to internet/phone from WOW!, but I'm thinking about getting tv from them also. I've read that WOW! offers the Cisco 8642 hd dvr. How common are they out there (i.e. my chances to get one) and what is the hdd capicity? I really don't want a hd dvr with a uselessly small 160gb hdd.

I'm not interested in UltraTV yet since I have a HTPC connected to the basement tv and don't need another stb. Recording clear qam will work for me on that set.

Thanks!



doyling

join:2004-09-22
Schaumburg, IL

I am not familiar with this DVR, I had the Scientific Atlanta DVR some time back. For my money, TiVo is the only way to go. Better features and ergonomics. It's a real blast to hack too.


hudiat

join:2011-10-13
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If you really want the 8642 you can go to a local office to sign up and ask for it specifically. Last time wow replaced my DVR a while back the 8642 was all he had, so it may be common.

However, I also 2nd a TiVo. If you get a used TiVo HD on eBay activate it, sign up, then call and say its more expensive than you thought, they will drop it to $9.99/mo, plus wows cable card at I think $3.50 now it is just $0.50 more a month and worlds better. Plus you can put up to a 2TB drive in it.

The new TiVos though also have Netflix,Hulu, and all that junk but are more expensive.

Even the old TiVo experience on the TiVo HD is worlds better than the 8642.


mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI
reply to doyling

said by doyling:

I am not familiar with this DVR, I had the Scientific Atlanta DVR some time back. For my money, TiVo is the only way to go. Better features and ergonomics. It's a real blast to hack too.

I agree with the Tivo, but we're trying to econimize and my wife doesn't want me to spring for the upfront costs of a lifetime sub. While the monthly payments on top of a cable card monthly lease isn't that smart financially. If I only get the hddvr with no other stb, I'm only paying $6 extra a month compared to just hd which will work for us in the short-term. After a year, I could convince her to go the Tivo route or upgrade my HTPC with a cable card tuner.


OUTTHERE

@wideopenwest.com
reply to mogamer

They do have them but its really a crapshoot if your going to get one or not. If you do get the 8300 you can add an external hard drive for more capacity. Also the 8642 have a 320gb hard drive in them.


mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI
reply to mogamer

OK, I just talked things over with my wife. I'm going to buy one of the 320gb models that are currently on sale for $59.99 at Tivo's site and go with a monthy contract of $14.99 per month. We'll probably then upgrade to a lifetime sub when that expires. I'm also getting another 1tb external hdd for Tivo Desktop.


grantsa4

join:2007-08-15
Naperville, IL

said by mogamer:

OK, I just talked things over with my wife. I'm going to buy one of the 320gb models that are currently on sale for $59.99 at Tivo's site and go with a monthy contract of $14.99 per month. We'll probably then upgrade to a lifetime sub when that expires. I'm also getting another 1tb external hdd for Tivo Desktop.

Who spend 14.99 for 12 months (almost $180) and then spend another $500 on lifetime?

Why don't you just get the lifetime straight away?

Just wondering.

mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

said by grantsa4:

said by mogamer:

OK, I just talked things over with my wife. I'm going to buy one of the 320gb models that are currently on sale for $59.99 at Tivo's site and go with a monthy contract of $14.99 per month. We'll probably then upgrade to a lifetime sub when that expires. I'm also getting another 1tb external hdd for Tivo Desktop.

Who spend 14.99 for 12 months (almost $180) and then spend another $500 on lifetime?

Why don't you just get the lifetime straight away?

Just wondering.

I was wondering if anyone was going to ask that!

Money is tight right now because we just bought a new furnace w/ central air. We like to keep a certain amount of cash on hand for emergencies and a dvr isn't really an emergency. Unless something bad happens, we shouldn't have a problem paying that $500 when the year sub expires. If need be, I could just go with the Basic, clear QAM tier and use my HDHR3 as our only dvr. But then there would be a lack of HD. Or go with the Cisco unit like I originally asked about.

grantsa4

join:2007-08-15
Naperville, IL

said by mogamer:

said by grantsa4:

said by mogamer:

OK, I just talked things over with my wife. I'm going to buy one of the 320gb models that are currently on sale for $59.99 at Tivo's site and go with a monthy contract of $14.99 per month. We'll probably then upgrade to a lifetime sub when that expires. I'm also getting another 1tb external hdd for Tivo Desktop.

Who spend 14.99 for 12 months (almost $180) and then spend another $500 on lifetime?

Why don't you just get the lifetime straight away?

Just wondering.

I was wondering if anyone was going to ask that!

Money is tight right now because we just bought a new furnace w/ central air. We like to keep a certain amount of cash on hand for emergencies and a dvr isn't really an emergency. Unless something bad happens, we shouldn't have a problem paying that $500 when the year sub expires. If need be, I could just go with the Basic, clear QAM tier and use my HDHR3 as our only dvr. But then there would be a lack of HD. Or go with the Cisco unit like I originally asked about.

Fair enough. Was just wondering. I love my TiVo

mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

said by grantsa4:

I love my TiVo

We hope we do too.

We're leaving Dish Network and currently have the 722K. It has really served us well for the three years we've had it and my wife will miss it a lot if the Tivo isn't as easy to use. Me, I have no problem using Media Center, and I'm sure the Tivo is more user friendly.

The main reason why I wanted a dedicated dvr is because I'm worried about my wife being able to use Media Center without getting frustrated. Hell, she gets mad when a streaming video on her laptop has problems. She is certainly not a pc geek like I am.

alan92rttt

join:2012-02-27

Have you considered just getting the Ultra service? Might be cheaper in the long run. I've had it for almost a year and My with and I are happy with it.


mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

said by alan92rttt:

Have you considered just getting the Ultra service? Might be cheaper in the long run. I've had it for almost a year and My with and I are happy with it.

I've thought about it. But I would lose my modem discount and then still have to use my current router because the gateway has pathetic wireless strength.

On a side note, I bought a Tivo Series 2 w/lifetime last night for $50 for the bedroom tv. That means I qualify for the multi-Tivo discount. The monthly fee on a new Premiere unit would be $12.99 instead of $14.99. So going with a Tivo plus HTPC would cost around $8.50 less per month compard to UltraTV. Not a lot, but that will pay for a Netflix dvd by mail subscription to go along with my streaming sub.

baess

join:2011-01-28

said by mogamer:

On a side note, I bought a Tivo Series 2 w/lifetime last night for $50 for the bedroom tv.

I haven't done a lot of research but that seems like a real good price. Where did you get it?

mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

said by baess:

said by mogamer:

On a side note, I bought a Tivo Series 2 w/lifetime last night for $50 for the bedroom tv.

I haven't done a lot of research but that seems like a real good price. Where did you get it?

I found it off of Detroit craigslist. Yes, that is a good price. They're usually $100 - $125 with lifetime. I have it connected to an OTA digital converter box and it looks fine on a sd crt tv. And I'll keep it just for the fact that I'm now able to get the multi-Tivo subscription discount.

grantsa4

join:2007-08-15
Naperville, IL
reply to mogamer

said by mogamer:

said by alan92rttt:

Have you considered just getting the Ultra service? Might be cheaper in the long run. I've had it for almost a year and My with and I are happy with it.

I've thought about it. But I would lose my modem discount and then still have to use my current router because the gateway has pathetic wireless strength.

On a side note, I bought a Tivo Series 2 w/lifetime last night for $50 for the bedroom tv. That means I qualify for the multi-Tivo discount. The monthly fee on a new Premiere unit would be $12.99 instead of $14.99. So going with a Tivo plus HTPC would cost around $8.50 less per month compard to UltraTV. Not a lot, but that will pay for a Netflix dvd by mail subscription to go along with my streaming sub.

Nice job on the $50 - that is a great deal! I have one in my bedroom as well w/lifetime and a lifetime HD downstairs