Originally Posted by ranjay
Thanks all for the info. One other question--what if I get the Fios DVR instead of the STB. Would it work correctly so then I could record 3 channels and still watch a recorded program? Or is there any conflict between the units?
You could do that, yes. There's no conflict.
Be aware that recording on the FiOS DVR isn't nearly as reliable because its program information is often incorrect. Verizon elected to choose a cheaper guide data provider for their own boxes, and as a result, their program information isn't nearly as comprehensive or reliable / accurate as what you get with TiVo. With the FiOS DVR, you'll find new episodes flagged as repeats, repeats flagged as new episodes, program listed will occasionally be an hour off, etc.
I don't know if you have ever used a TiVo. But if you can setup recordings for three series that show at the same time; the TiVo will record the first two on your season pass list (you set the order), and then it will look for future showings of the third program. If that third program is showing again, the TiVo will automatically find and record it. Because of this, you don't really have to worry about conflicting cable programs, because those are almost always shown later in the week; for the most part, you only need to concern yourself with programs on ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC, because some of those are only shown once and not repeated.
Season Pass list: you order your series recordings to determine what two shows get recorded first when three or more are showing at the same time