Living in on-campus housing for the next 3 years, and have school provided cable and no cable box. There is no dvr that I could get through the university.
What are my best options for dvr-like service?
Right now, the cable is just plugged in to the tv.
I've been looking at Tivo, PVR, and some others but I am not sure which is best or cheapest over 3 years.
I'd prefer not to need to use a computer for this, but if it is the best setup then I will do that.
-We have 2 tvs and would like to be able to watch and delete recorded shows from either one. It is ok if we can only record from one of them, as long as they sync.
-We don't have a cable card (which I think is needed for Tivo) but we are going to see if we can get one.
-We would like to be able to program recordings of every airing of a show (like a season pass) instead of having to record each one manually.
-It would be a bonus if we could stream the shows to the ipad or have them available while traveling, but not necessary.
-Spending up-front is ok if the solution is the best for long term, especially if it could be used to save money at our next (non-campus) place.
So what should we do?
And, if we cannot get a cable card, what are our options?
I've seen this previous question
which ended in a Tivo subscription but my circumstances are different)