Are there any fans of cable boxes out there? How about digital cable cards? I feel the I receive good value for my cable subscription, but it does seems unfair that I purchase the service and then the cable company rents me devices so that I can view it. Okay, the cable box I understand, but separate digital cable cards for each room in the home–it adds up at $10 a pop.
TiVo is the grandfather of DVR’s. 15 years ago, much less elegant, using phone lines and a 40GB hard drive. Premiere versions addressed programming and the new world of HD. Multiple tuners and a 500GB hard drive. Moving along, but still a slave to the digital cable cards and the cable box.
TiVo Bolt may signal a new era. Replace your cable box with bolt and purchase mini-TiVo’s for each TV in the house. Pricey, but then again you own it. For a 4 TV set up, you would need to purchase a Bolt and 4 minis. ($700.00) The same setup from Comcast $40 per month. Well, turns out it is a long-term plan, but in about 17 months, you own the equipment. Forever.
Seems like a long term investment, but 12 years ago I purchased a series two TiVo with a lifetime programming package. Still working after all of these years.
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