Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
I am reaching out to the smartest people that I know (OK, perhaps I need to get out more lol). I noticed that I currently pay $20 per month to have DVR in my Time Warner digital box ($9/mth) and the DVR service ($11/mth). This amounts to $240 per year. For this I allow my daughter to watch SpongeBob and The Fred Show when she wants. Yes, I do not record anything! But I love my daughter.
If I purchase a DVR box (around $200+) from Wal-Mart or elsewhere, will it work with my digital cable box (which will now be the one w/out DVR) free-of-charge? Or will I still need to pay Time Warner the $11/month for "the DVR service"?
I am trying to figure how much I'd save if I buy my own rather than getting nickel-n-dime'd by the wonderful Time Warner. I breakeven in about 1 year if it "works on its own". If I still have to "pay for the service", then it'll take 2 yrs to breakeven. Thanks for any advice!
I'm guessing you have to still pay for the service, since it's run through the cable company. A box wouldn't itself connect to the shows in the same way. I have my own wireless router, i.e., I don't have to rent one from the cable company, but I still have to pay for the actual wireless service/connection.
I haven't had a television in a while (not a high horse thing, believe me, it's killing me), but those costs seem high to me. You might want to call TW and see if you can coax them into a deal (after threatening to withdraw your service, perhaps). I seem to recall most cable companies offering DVR service for $5/month for one year, for example.