Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Well now, mtsguy, that is beginning to sound better.
It has been convenient being able to record four programs and have 3 people, my wife, my daughter and I, watching different programs all at once. At the moment, I run the risk that at anytime all my recorded shows can be wiped out should an Expander fail to be recognized. It seems a fair trade-off, to lose a stream or two and gain reliability. I assume that HD content can be streamed to non-HD TVs, in SD, of course.
So can I record 3 streams (2 HD + 1 SD) and watch four different previously recorded programs on my 4 TVs?
I am talking about switching over the TV only, not the Internet. In that case is the cat5 to the desktop used? For what? I have spare cat5e and RG6 feeds to most rooms in the house. Which is preferred and why, to feed the TVs?
Your comments also help me to make more sense of the other threads that I am reading. I had wondered what a 2wire was.
I'll now have to check into channel availability and, importantly, cost. I suppose I am looking at the Basic Theme Group, Free HD, HD Starter. I am not particularly interested in the Premium Channels. Do I need to subscribe to an SD channel in order to get the HD version? Hmmm, the other channels I want seem to be spread over various theme groups. There doesn't seem to be an on-line configurator to help me determine the total cost, after the initial discounts expire. It looks like the charge is as per the table (for Basic + Theme Groups) plus the PVR charge and 3 set top boxes (to service 4 TVs). Boy, it adds up pretty quickly.
Whoa, only 30 hours of HD content an be recorded? That's not good. It often takes us quite a while to get to some of our recordings. I currently have over 100 hours that we haven't seen yet.
Is there an easy way to protect all recordings? I'd rather have a new recording fail than have the PVR delete something without my OK.
These are the "gotchas" that I'd like to hear about. Are there any other gotchas? Others who have switched and are happy/unhappy?