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Old 12-11-2005, 08:02 AM   #1 (Print)
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Which PVR ?

Hi all,

I'm planning on buying some form of PVR but don't know which one.At the moment I've got about 40 quid until I get paid.Do you think that I should get a:
  • Tivo and upgrade it
  • Sky Plus and upgrade the HDD

Of course it would probably be refurb as I wont get much for 40 quid.

Any More Suggestions?
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Old 12-11-2005, 08:41 AM   #2 (Print)
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Do you mean you have £40 to buy the DVR and upgrade it?

How much are you going to have when you get paid?
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:15 AM   #3 (Print)
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You won't get a PVR for £40

You may be able to pick up some kind of DVR, but it won't be much cop at that price, even s/h.

Your best bet would be to save up for a while, decide whether you need a PVR (ie. TiVo) or just a DVR (the rest), and spend a bit more on it.

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:56 AM   #4 (Print)
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Hi Again,

Its a tough choice really.I like Tivo as it's just so customisable plus I could remotely record programs with TivoWeb.On the other hand I like sky plus as it integrates with the receiver saving me another Set Top Box under the TV.I'll research it a bit more then.

Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2005, 12:13 PM   #5 (Print)
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An all in one box has many more downsides to the one upside of less boxes/clutter!!

If your tivo box goes down, you can still watch satellite tv or visa-versa, if you satellite box goes down, you can still watch your recordings etc whilst the other is being fixed.

If a Sky+ box develops a fault, e.g. tuner failure, drying out caps in the psu etc (very common faults of Sky set-top boxes), you've pretty much lost the lot and if your relying on Sky to resolve, chances are you get a replacement box and loose all your archived recordings!

Loosing your recordings used to be a fairly common occurance with Sky+ even with the slightest glitch, because if you had any issues their call center would often advice a master reset (which wiped everything) as routine as your PC helpdesk would advice "Switch it off and back on again" :-)

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Old 12-11-2005, 04:28 PM   #6 (Print)
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Hi again,

Ok I've decided I'm going to get a Tivo and customise it for now as TivoWeb is just the killer app for me as I'm never in the house,

Thanks for your responses.
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Old 12-12-2005, 04:43 AM   #7 (Print)
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You will not get a Tivo for £40

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Old 12-12-2005, 04:52 AM   #8 (Print)
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He might if he's as lucky as 6022Tivo

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Old 12-12-2005, 08:55 AM   #9 (Print)
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Or the guy who won this auction (well known site) 5840729167

(Not me, unfortunately )

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Old 12-12-2005, 09:03 AM   #10 (Print)
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I think thats officially got to be the cheapest (working) tivo ever sold!!

The seller clearly didn't even bother to do any homework prior to listing :-)

I mean if your happy to accept a little as £10 for a one-off item, why would you bother with a buy-it-now anyway, you might as well let it go for whatever it reaches in a regular bidding auction!??!?!??!

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Old 12-12-2005, 09:20 AM   #11 (Print)
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Holy crap! Why do I always seem to miss these bargains

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Old 12-12-2005, 09:44 AM   #12 (Print)
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Yeah, and £2.50 for Special Delivery postage (actual cost £19) means the seller actually paid the guy to take it away

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Old 12-12-2005, 11:02 AM   #13 (Print)
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heh heh, i didnt look that far down.
I guess that means it doesn't officially classify as a sale anymore so I'm going to remove its status as being the cheapest working tivo ever sold :-)

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Old 12-13-2005, 08:15 PM   #14 (Print)
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rare cheap tivos

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I think thats officially got to be the cheapest (working) tivo ever sold!!

The seller clearly didn't even bother to do any homework prior to listing :-)

I mean if your happy to accept a little as £10 for a one-off item, why would you bother with a buy-it-now anyway, you might as well let it go for whatever it reaches in a regular bidding auction!??!?!??!


Well my sister who is a keen tivo user found a brand new boxed tivo for £20 at the ascot boot sale, and when she asked the seller why it was for sale he replied that it was included with the TV and did not need it this was about a year ago, now even better, 3 months ago I went to a large boot sale and arrived about 7 am after looking at a few stalls I found a secondhand Tivo for £8. so decided to buy it for a spare, on testing out it worked perfectly,and is still downloading daily programs so either the seller has not cancelled his subscription or it has lifelong subscription what luck ! don't expect to see another at that price.
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