Yes. DVR service is part of your DirecTv subscription. If that's not active, neither is your DVR service. Sorry man.
This worked for me as well but it is no compaison to TiVo. I bought a USB HD tuner for $29 at Fry's. It gets a guide and can be programmed to record. But it is only one tuner. The double tuner USB's are $120.mr.unnatural said:If you're only interested in being able to record OTA HD programming then you may want to consider installing a couple of ATSC tuners in your PC.
I have an HTPC as well. However, for simplicity a Tivo/DirecTV DVR cannot be beat. The few dollars that are saved with an HTPC are quickly eaten up with the time consummed getting everything implemented correctly.mr.unnatural said:If you're only interested in being able to record OTA HD programming then you may want to consider installing a couple of ATSC tuners in your PC. This basically turns your PC into a DVR and allows you to record any unencrypted channels. This is actually the basis of any HTPC but you don't necessarily need a dedicated PC to perform this function, although it simplifies things considerably.
Aside from the initial cost of building an HTPC, there are absolutely no monthly fees for the guide data or DVR service. Two of the most popular DVR programs are Snapstream's BeyondTV and SageTV. All you need is an audio output from your PC to your receiver and a video output you can connect to your TV. This is where having a dedicated HTPC makes things simpler since you don't have to go moving your PC around. You can start with a barebones PC and then upgrade as your budget permits. I have an HTPC with six external USB ATSC tuners and about 2.75TB of storage that also has Blu-Ray and HD-DVD playback capability. Check out the HTPC section over at the AVSForums for a complete hardware list.
No.magyver said:is there a "hack" for it to record locals only w/ out a dish/service?
Actually there are hacks for this, but currently such hacks are considered theft of service and can't be discussed.litzdog911 said:
Then you need to buy a Series 3 TiVo or activate your D* service.Robert Spalding said:how is it theft of service if I only want to record free OTA?
No, that's how they keep the box "active" is through the sat lines.Robert Spalding said:so as long as D* charges me $4.99, I can record OTA even without the Sat cables plugged in?
Tony, can you use a standalone Series 3 OTA without paying TiVo a monthly fee for the GUIDE data? Or do you just record everything by time/channel? /steveTonyTheTiger said:Then you need to buy a Series 3 TiVo or activate your D* service.