My 8642 rental I swapped my old 8300 for was just manufactured in July 2010 and was never on another account. Therefore it`s the closest thing to buying a brand new one without paying upfront for it. It doesn`t have the new black guide and channels that I don`t pay for are greyed out. You can also see exactly how far you are into a recording, when you hit pause, rewind, fast forward. Noticed it also has an ethernet port so I am hoping there will be an upgrade to remotely record online or from a BB or iPhones.
On the matter of buying or renting your HD PVR box, I did the math and then bought one. I am way ahead, hands down. I bought it at Best Buy when before Xmas they were on special for $350, added a $100, 4 yrs. extended warranty for a total expense of $500 total (taxes, taxes...), which divided by the $25 Rogers charges, amounts to 20 months and my PVR is covered for 4 yrs. If, as I hope, it lasts more than that, even better. When the machine is done, I plan to repeat the process and so on. 4 yrs. at $25 (and I am not counting tax) means you are paying nothing but $1200 plus tax for that box. The only downside (and then maybe) is that you cannot upgrade it over the 4 yrs. In my case, I do not care.
I have had a rental for 3 years now. About a month ago some of my programs started to "stutter" when playing back. Not all, just some. Rogers swapped the box and I was fine. I suspect, if I had purchased it, the extended warrantee would be difficult to work with. The hardware people would blame Rogers and Rogers would blame the hardware. That scenario makes me concerned about purchasing these boxes.
It should be also be noted that if you speak to someone in the retentions department, your HD PVR rental will often be at no charge. And of course if you experience problems with your box, it is the responsibility of Rogers to make it right.
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