Recommendation for set top box replacement?

I’m looking for a set top box that works like a traditional satellite dvr for my parents. They’re very comfortable with that system and do not want to be bothered opening a separate app on a Roku or Apple TV just to access live TV.

Att is totally taking advantage of them by bundling DirecTV right now and it’s charging them over $50/month for only 15mbps when spectrum offers 400mbps for the same cost, so I want to find an alternative service that also has a traditional set top box.

4 Replies to “Recommendation for set top box replacement?”

  1. > taking advantage of them by bundling DirecTV right now and it’s charging them over $50/month for only 15mbps

    Is the bundle $50/month, or just the internet portion?

    Have you spoken directly with customer retention at their current ISP? They might have a better package that’s not openly advertised.

    > 400mbps for the same cost

    400Mbps for $50/month? Fancy. And way more than they’re likely to ever need.

  2. If they only watch broadcast stuff get a Tivo and an antenna. They will have Netflix, Hulu and a few other major apps preloaded.

  3. Your selection is limited because Hollywood probably likes it that way. Tivo or the old ReplayTvs were the best tools, but both appear gone now.

    I’ve had good luck with direct to disk dumps from NextPVR using those HDHomerun network tuners, but those really require a good media player to work properly (none really exist) , and the tuners themselves seem to be weak in regards to EMP (lightning) protection. Very much a homebrew affair too. Although that lets you use nonprofit scheduling.

    If that takeover of Tivo didn’t take them down…I’d say they were your best bet (never owned a Tivo). Just be prepared for some scheduling service shakedowns.

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