Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

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grrrr
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Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Okay, so I've had my 8300 for about five years and it's been running very well until recently.  I think the box has had a few random reboots, lately.  Maybe four or five random boots in a month and I'm thinking that the new Nextbox 3.0 has just come out  I willl order this "new and improved" 3.0 PVR and I'll clone and swap out the buggy drive in the ol' 8300 and let my dad enjoy having a PVR on his TV.  

 

I was looking forward to trying all of these new features on the Nextbox 3.0, and record more than two shows at a time. ( I certainly won't need all 8 tuners, but 3 or 4 will be nice.) but after reading all of these horror stories I may change my plans.  I'm not sure if it's worth all of the headaches. I have mobility issues and troubleshooting boxes and connections might prove to be difficult.

 

 

 

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Gdkitty
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

There have been some reported bugs. But all the boxes, people have had different random bugs with all the boxes. (I had 5 8300s in 4 years 😛 )

There are many users who have also had zero issues as well, maybe one or two random reboots.

One option, would be to get the 3 and rent it for a month, and see if you have issues. Can always then return if there is, or then buy, etc.


Lamzyc
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Take the plunge. The 3.0, for all its warts, is the best thing Rogers has ever offered. 

Hogwash
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

At $500 a pop it better be. For peeps that barely watch TV (those with an ACTUAL life) IMHO it's a BIG waste of cash. Could just be me but Rogers NEEDS to have a budget option for $100 or less so REGULAR folks with LIMITED viewing habits don't have to mortgage their house to pay Rogers. I won't go into RENTAL fees.....................

Yea I know, this post is total "Hogwash"
Gdkitty
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Your not going to see a PVR in the $100 price range.. just component costs, etc alone.

The SD boxes used to be purchasable for $100 when you were able to buy them (seems can only rent now).

 

They likely could release an HD box.. no whole home capabilities, etc.. bare bones HD, i would think for the $100-130 range.



Lurker
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.


@Hogwash wrote:

At $500 a pop it better be. For peeps that barely watch TV (those with an ACTUAL life) IMHO it's a BIG waste of cash. Could just be me but Rogers NEEDS to have a budget option for $100 or less so REGULAR folks with LIMITED viewing habits don't have to mortgage their house to pay Rogers. I won't go into RENTAL fees.....................



They do have a low budget option.......the DTA50.  Its free.

thomask
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

This is one reason alone Im pissed that Im loosing access to some of my favorite channes from the TV TUner card in my PC. The card was $120.. solved all my issues, well, for 5 years, and then they start cutting analog.. gonna run it til I cant record nothing.. gonna hate that day tho.

 

When you consider tho.

 

2TB drive, runs $150 dollars retail, or more.

TV Tuner runs $60-150 each depending.

Extra Ram, another $75-150 depending

Electricity to power computer 24/7  $50 per year (approximate depending on system)

 

Oh wait, we are around $500..

Gdkitty
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Some people argue.. that the WMC (or XMBC, etc) are more powerful, etc in what/how they can record.. in some ways i agree.

But generally, you are recording then ONLY in Analog SD as well.

 

There are ways, with a HD box, into a HD input device, with a IR blaster to control the box, etc.. that YES you could match the PVR... (but you are still only doing ONE show at a time usually then).



Hogwash
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.


@Gdkitty wrote:

(but you are still only doing ONE show at a time usually then).


Agreed and that's the point. There's many folks out there that could care less about PVR's. They just want a simple  economical way to watch a few hours TV at nite.

 

The new TV's all have digital tuners. If Rogers wants to encrypt their digital channels, fine. Just give us a $20 box that works in tandem with the tuner built into our Brand new LED TV.  Just a simple decoder/decrypter installed inline.

 

Everybody knows how sloooow a DTA50 or whatever is. We bought a new TV and we want to use the highend DIGITAL tuner it already has. No channel 3 or 4 nonsense.

 

There is absolutely no need to add a Rogers tuner/PVR/DTA50 whatsoever. Just ANOTHER cash grab period..............

Yea I know, this post is total "Hogwash"
thomask
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Re: Hmm... Maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Thats the thing.  I have a dual screen setup, so I can watch TV from previous day(s) on it while I work away at what I need to work away at.  This saves the BIG CRT TV from wasting electricity.  It also keeps expenses down.  why buy a wide screen TV when I can use my 19 inch auxilliary monitor and do the same.

 

I'd even be willing to buy a TV Tuner card from Rogers, if thats what it took.  Unfortunately the market wouldnt be big enough for them.

 

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