In response to a question about an earlier post, here's a quickie description of no-frills Comcast GhettoTiVo:
If Comcast is your cable provider, chances are you can get their DVR service, hereby referred to as GhettoTiVo. It's operating system is not as elegant as TiVo's; it doesn't predict shows for you the way TiVo does; it doesn't let you fast-forward 30 seconds at a time, the way TiVo does; you cannot program it through a remote location, the way TiVo can. But it does have this advantage: You don't buy the DVR (Comcast gives it to you) and the monthly fee is cheap (depends on location, but universally cheaper than TiVo, I believe.
This is good because DVR units, like all hard-disk drives, have a natural life span of around two to three years. So if you want TiVo, you have to spend a few hundred dollars to buy the DVR unit and then you have to spend that money all over again whenever if breaks. With GhettoTiVo, Comcast lends you the unit, and when it wears out, will provide you with another, free of charge.
And the good news is, it works.
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