Essentially,locals for Hastings,ON:For me it was worth it. I was with Shaw Direct and spent $804 on their DSR530 PVR. That thing locked up daily, and was very rough around the edges as far as functionality goes. When pressing fast forward, you'd get a glimpse of photos of the show every few seconds. It was horrible, and not like the demo they had on their website at all. To me what they did was a form of false advertising. It's unbelievable that their newest PVR is still locking up.
I bought 2 TiVo's - one in 2010 and one in 2011. That's all I use now in my house for TV. Living in the Ottawa region I get a good variety of stations. I don't know what you would get in Hastings. Maybe you could pick up some Ottawa channels, you'd likely get some stations from Watertown which is nice. The TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL are the best PVRs out there if you ask me. Plus, there is no monthly cable or satellite charge to go OTA. The guide is excellent. I set up a rule on the PVR to always record shows when Bradley Cooper is in them. Several times last week I had recordings because he was on a few talk shows. I love this machine and its versatility - especially since they upgraded the firmware a month ago. It's awesome.
For us,getting TVO(preferably in HD) and PBS would be nice,and at least 1 French channel would be nice.That would be a problem for me. Unless you barely watch TV I'm not certain that is going to be good. I was with Bell satellite for a while. As much as I hate Bell's customer service and ethics I found their PVR was good. I don't recall it locking up on me. It was a much better PVR than the DSR530. It was nowhere near as good as the TiVo but you really need to be living in an area that offers a variety of OTA stations to make it worthwhile. Unless CTV, Global, and CBC are all you care about. I watch shows from CityTV and OMNI 60 lots. Sometimes I watch CHCH but the problem with that station is it's not high def. CHCH says they will switch but so far it's been over a year and I don't know if and when they will. It's a great channel though!
Good idea!Currently,Im using a Channel Master CM-2016HD on a Camera Tripod in the the upstairs bedroom,with 54 ft. of cable going downstairs around the corner to a Sony Bravia 46" 1080P TV.I was just looking at your TV fool. Why not install a roof antenna? That will give you a few more stations and make the TiVo option worthwhile.
That makes two of us.I not up on Antenna mounting either!My Attic's not big enough and there's no hydro up there,anyway.I don't know much about antenna mounting. I have a big antenna in my attic that brings in all of the Canadian channels in my area. I don't get any from the states. Some people in my area do but they have external antennas on a huge tower.
When I bought my TiVos I paid right away for the lifetime guide. I figured it was the best thing to do because the monthly payments would total the lifetime after only 2 years. At this time, the Premiere I bought in May 2010 has been costing me less as of May 2012 than it would if I purchased the monthly subscription. For the one I bought May 2011, I still have until May 2013 before that one pays for itself. I paid around $800 for each machine. The Shaw Direct PVR was also around that cost but after only 1 year I had to get rid of Shaw. So to me that was the waste of money. The cost for the TiVo machines and the lifetime guide is the best route to go. I don't think these units break down that often. After 4 years if it breaks down I will have got my money's worth out of it.