Has anyone used a non-DirecTV DVR (with no DTV subscription) with their SD service? I'm wondering if this is still possible and if there are any specific models that might be a better selection for this use. I understand that this kind of setup, if it works, would be limited in nature where I could only record what is currently being watched and that it would really behave more like a VCR. I really just want something to record shows when I'm away. I know I'd probably need to leave the receiver running on the correct channel.
I'm just not seeing the value in paying DTV $99 for a device that I lease plus $20 shipping plus the exra $10 per month plus a 2 year contract renewal. I think I'd really be ok with all this if there were a minimal fee for the DVR initially but for $120 (DTV's initial cost plus shipping), I could buya brand new device of my own that would work with cable if I ever wanted to swtich in the future.
Edited by jetbyte, 18 April 2013 - 02:33 PM.