Tivo HD vs. Windows HTPC for Canadian OTA?
I understand your point. I have a HTPC and I am having a 20 TB system custom built for me within the next two weeks as I have grown out of my existing HTPC. I really do not need cable TV at all. In Toronto I can get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Citytv, Global, SunTV, Omni1, Omni2, CTV, PBS, TheCW, CBC, and so on. Yes the tuner card would be great if on channels over 100 that are in HDTV but if a cable customer only subscribes to basic cable or extended cable (CH 2-99) No cable card is needed and you as a HD Cable TiVo owner can get all the HD channels over the air as well as all the SD Channels from CH 2-99. Now as for user experience I have a HTPC as well and trust me NOTHING WORKS as well as TiVo! HTPC cannot record HD off your Rogers box as well through its ATSC Tuner same as TiVo. You can record HD on a HTPC if you buy a Hauppauge HD capture box that uses the analogue hole. So if you’re not computer savvy it’s a real Pain! Something always bugs up with a HTPC (NOT WITH TIVO) So if you want the best value for your buck TiVo is the best way to go! My HTPC that is being built cost me $6,000 basically because it holds 20 hard drives for now and room for another 20 drives with a total of 40drives so that I can store my entire DVD / Bluray and Music collection. My HD TiVo can then be used to stream content to and from my HTPC. I have tried every PVR out there and an tell you that nothing beats TiVo even if some features are not available! Its value and ease of use costs far less than any other option on the market.