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June Savings, Showtime

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 08 July 2015 · 101 views

No new content for June so the savings was $156.  At this point my cumulative savings of $3780 has more than paid for my investment of $3716 in the Mac mini DVR project, so I think I'll stop the monthly update; however, I'll still post the occasional entry when I check out things like Showtime's new streaming service . 
 
There's a num...


Thought I needed a new tuner

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 07 June 2015 · 207 views

This past week I noticed an issue where a few recordings were cropped:

 
I didn't think much about it at first as the episodes I noticed it on had been recorded multiple times, so I just watched another recording.  
 
I then ran into it when watching live TV.  I did some experiments and realized it was always occurring on the 3rd t...


New channel, BUZZR

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 02 June 2015 · 203 views

​Time for another channel scan as Fox added a new subchannel for the new network BUZZR .  As you might have guessed from its name, it's a channel devoted to game shows .
 
Pat Sajak  is one of the guest stars on the currently airing episode of Super Password .  There was some banter between him and the host (Bert C...


May Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 June 2015 · 216 views

I've been enjoying Game of Thrones on HBO Now so I've decided to go ahead and let the $15 charge for the next month go through so I can finish watching season 5, which wraps up in a couple weeks on June 14th.  I had a small balance left on the iTunes gift cards I received for Xmas , so I'm only counting $10 towards the monthly expense for content....


Tuner firmware update

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 May 2015 · 177 views

Been over a year since I checked the firmware on my tuners, so I downloaded the update tool  and ran it:

 
I have the older HDHR3-US model, current version is HDHR4-2US .  Looking at the firmware changelog I see that not much changed for my model since the 20140121 firmware:
Release 20150406 - HDHR3-US/DT/EU models: Fix reboot when...


Useful Site

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 May 2015 · 191 views

Cut Cable Today  - they have a nice comparison of DVRs for use with an antenna .  
 
My folks plan to cut the cord in the near future, they'll probably go with the Tablo , their top pick.  The Tablo didn't exist when I start this project, else I might have gone with one.
It sits on your home network (does not directly connect to y...


April Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 May 2015 · 251 views

No purchases for April, so $156 saved.  Now at $3478 for the cumulative savings since January 2013. Only $238 left to pay off the setup.
 
 
As you may have heard, HBO Now  is up and running.  At the moment you can only sign up if you use an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV) or if you have internet service via Optimum....


Laff TV, Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 15 April 2015 · 199 views

I'd previously mentioned that Live Well was being simulcast in both HD and SD on the 2 subchannels of the local ABC station.  This morning the SD subchannel switched to the new Laff TV network.
 

 
As you may have surmised by the name, it's a comedy channel and features shows like Empty Nest, Drew Carey, Grace Under Fire, Spin City as w...


Elgato impressed me today

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 March 2015 · 200 views

This morning I noticed the count for Schedules (for scheduled recordings) was only 65, which is way less than normal.  Looking into it, I realized the Programming Guide was missing data for any shows that started on or after 7pm of March 27th.  The guide usually covers just under 14 days, while March 27th is less than a week away.  
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January Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 18 February 2015 · 185 views

Purchased a couple shows in January,  Archer, Season 6  and King of the Nerds, Season 3 .  However, as mentioned back in December , I received an iTunes gift card over the holidays so purchases would be "received as gift" until the card was used up.  I've also bought a couple apps and ebooks, so the gift card balance is down to $...






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