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by: Jefferis Peterson March 24, 2007 4:41 PM PDT

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DVR to use like a VCR, no Tivo like subscription?

by Jefferis Peterson - 3/24/07 4:41 PM

Hi all, We were trying out a DVR recorder from Armstrong Cable, our provider, for 3 months. We loved the record options and the playback, but the controller was a beast, both the hand set and the on screen interface. Plus the thing made a constant humming sound even when turned off. Tech support said theirs was like that. It was $10 extra a month, and the HD stations we would watch weren't worth it.

My wife and I thought it would be worth it to get just a DVR recorder to use like a VCR, programming in the shows we want to record either by using their code numbers from the TV guide or doing it manually if necessary. However, we are confused about what capabilities DVR recorders have outside of the cable company's digital service. Can they be used more like a VCR, or are they incapable of working without a digital subscription of some sort? Our cable service now is just basic now, no HD. Our only HD is over the air stations we can pick up from Pittsburgh.

Thanks for the instruction!
Jeff

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