Originally Posted by dougdirt
Didn't know that. What a ripoff.
Yeah, you're paying for the data feed basically of what programs are playing when on what channels.
You can buy DVR's that don't provide the data feed, and the way they work is you just tell it to record channel 4 at 8:00 on Monday if you know a show you want to watch is on then. But you have to look online or whatever to see when the shows are on and which channels are which. These DVRs are fairly expensive too, like $300+ when I looked, which was a couple of years ago.
I ended up using Windows Media Center for awhile through a home theater PC, but it's complicated stuff. I eventually went back to DirecTV because of sports, if it weren't for that I think I could do the HTPC thing + antenna/Netflix/torrents and cut the cord.