[olug] Cox DVR questions...

Jennifer Frasier wookieburgers at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 02:58:37 UTC 2008

Dan, this is just my experience, but in my opinion, the Cox DVR really
sucks. The search functionality, the reliability of the machine, etc. it's
just not worth it. Cable companies do not use "good" DVRs generally, and I
think you'll really miss the Replay. I've been a big fan of Replays from day
1, so I'm really used to them. They are buggy, but I feel they're buggy in a
much less annoying way than the cable ones I've had. I'd highly recommend
buying another replay (see ebay), buying a Tivo and putting up with the
pop-up ads through commercials, or building a mythTV box. Are you stuck with
cable? I don't know what DirecTV uses as a DVR since they dropped Tivo, but
that might be another option.

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:26 AM, Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:

> Ok, our old ReplayTV 5504 finally bit the dust (both the Ethernet and modem
> ports are fried)... So, we're going to move to the Cox Digital cable and
> their DVR.  Now for some geek questions!
> I see it has Ethernet, USB, and FireWire -- are any of these ports active
> on
> the units or do they need something from Cox to activate them?
> If they are active, what can I do with them?  (I'd like to be able to
> either
> expand the HDD capacity or copy videos off to a PC or CD/DVD -- something
> that I should have done with some recording on the ReplayTV...)
> Does anyone have an old ReplayTV they aren't using?  If so, I might see if
> we could do a HDD swap for a short bit so I can bring it up and pull off
> the
> recordings?  Or is there a PC/Linux software program I can use to access
> the
> HDD directly.
> Thanks!  I'm finally moving into the 21st century!
> Dan
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