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Should I go with Tivo or the Charter DVR.

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I have Charter cable, and I am going to upgrade to a Digital Cable box and I want some sort of DVR, I was wandering if someone has had some experience with some of these and I have some general questions regarding these two, please tell me first of all if I can use Tivo on this at all, and in these can I transfer my saved videos to my PC for editing and burn them to a DVD to free up space?
Please let me know if it can be done and what are the pros/cons for each way.
And BTW, I am going to just be needing the standard definition set, no HD here.
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Which DVR will they be installing? I know they are no longer installing Moxi boxes like they use to, but it all depends on where you live.
I always laugh at these kinds of questions. Of course if you post in a Tivo forum the overwhelming number of responses will be to go with Tivo. So I would suspect you are already leaning towards a Tivo and want affirmation of your choice.
I used the Charter SA8300HD alongside a Tivo S2 for about a year. I used the Charter box only for the HD before I got an S3. The Charter DVR was useful because at the time I had no Tivo HD but I only used it for my favorite programs - sports and a few prime-time shows - for all others I used my S2. The SA Charter box was very limited in functionality and was more difficult to operate than the Tivo. However, it made the "waf" much easier when the S3 came out.


Whatever the DVR Charter is passing out, the only way that you are going to be able to transfer to your computer and back to to DVD is with a Tivo. The other option is to just put a huge hard drive in the Tivo and keep everything there. A third would be to have a huge hard drive in your computer, transfer shows there and then transfer them back to your Tivo to watch (and not have stacks of DVDs to dig through).
Cost-wise, you'll probably spend less on your Charter DVR.

But for functionality, ease-of-use, transfer ability, and overall enjoyment, TiVo is hands-down the way to go.

Of course, if you're of the belief that time is money, you'll actually probably save using the TiVo, too, because it's SO MUCH easier to use and frustration free.
Rent it and try it. No commitment, so you have nothing to lose. Many people seem OK with later revisions of cable-provided DVR software.
Even though you don't have HD I'd check out the new TiVo HD (MSRP $299). It uses cable cards, which means you don't have to fiddle with IR blasters to control your cable box and if you do decide to go HD you already have the right DVR. :)
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