First post. lots of good info here!
I just got off the phone with D*, I intended on getting an HDtivo. After much haggling, arguing with a supervisor about HD picture quality, I managed to get their 'best' deal. 189.00 after rebate,discount, and programming credit. No thanks. I'll still be paying taxes on 600 bucks, plus waiting on a rebate that may or may not come. No thanks.
After all that the supervisor admits that on March 1st that everything is going to change, and in her words, " the HDtivo will almost certainly be cheaper." I told her it had better be FREE because Charter Cable is going to fix me up with a HD DVR, service, 10.00 credit on my cable modem. For less per month than D*, with NO UPFRONT cost. Cable even offered to waive 50 buck install if I did it today.
She didn't know what to say. Well, except the line about having 150 HD channels in the next year and if I go to cable I won't get them....
So that lease offer on March first better be dang good.
I decided to check out the local Charter Cable picture quality and HD box......oh man....They are using Moxi boxes and they only have 12 hours of HD storage....the SD picture is TERRIBLE, it was nasty on a TUBE TV so I don't think it would be worth a darn on my Panny Plasma...
Last night at 11:00 I pulled the trigger on the HDTivo. Got the same deal, they even credited me my TAX back on my account, and gave me 6 months of Showtime, which I never will watch, but its something.