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I have DirectTV's cheapest package and don't want to pay $70+/year for a DVR, but am willing to pay a one-time cost of $300+ for a non-DVR hard drive/etc.

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  ** record LIVE TV, I don't need to schedule recordings/etc
  ** record in one room, I don't need multiple rooms
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What solutions do you recommend that don't require a COMPUTER to be connection ?

 1. Moxi Box
 2. External HardDrive
 3. Gaming System (xBox, etc)
 4. DVD recorder and blank DVDs
 5. other ??
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by:garycase
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There are several excellent packages that let you use a computer for recording TV, but the simple fact is that $70 or so per year is FAR less expensive than what you'll need to spend on the equipment to "do it yourself" unless you simply want to record one program at a time from the Direct-TV box ==>  since that's what you say you want, then I'd just buy an inexpensive DVD recorder and record to DVDs (or DVD-R/W's if you want to reuse them).    But even that will likely cost you more than $70/yr when you factor in the cost of the equipment plus blank media.

As an example, I can record 8 channels at once;  process them to automatically remove commercials;  and watch anything that's recorded on any TV or computer throughout the house.    But I've spent thousands on the equipment to do this.
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by:finance_teacher
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I just want to record PBS Kids (Sprout, etc) that is already commercial free, therefore I will probably go with a DVD recorder.

I was just thinking maybe there was some type of cheap USB external harddrive/etc so I did not have 100+ DVDs running around.

Any other suggestions ?
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Many DVD recorders also have built-in hard drives -- such as this one:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-160GB-DVD-Recorder-Tuner/10104532

That will allow you to record on the hard drive, and also create DVDs for those recordings you want to keep long term.    I don't believe it supports an add-on external drive to increase the capacity (like some DVRs do) ... but with the ability to record DVDs you can effectively save an unlimited amount of material.    [On my system, when the wife starts to get close on space, I just add another 3TB drive -- but as I noted, that costs a LOT more than what you're looking to spend.]
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