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Laff TV, Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 15 April 2015 · 93 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 · 152 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 · 139 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 $...


118 Channels

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 January 2015 · 129 views

Time for another rescan.


The Justice Network just went live.



Freed up a lot of space on the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 14 January 2015 · 595 views

When I started Adding Blu-ray content , my process was:
use my late 2008 MacBook Pro to convert the Blu-ray to an MKV file
transfer the MKV over to my 2012 Mac mini, because it was 3x faster than the MBP
convert the MKV to an M4V file (H.264) via Handbrake

After that, I left the MKV files on the Drobo.  In part because I had the space, and in par...


December Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 January 2015 · 149 views

I'd forgotten about Doctor Who: Last Christmas , but we ended up watching it at my folks so I didn't purchase any content in December.  That netted me $151 savings for the month, with $2974 cumulative savings since I started on this journey back in January 2013.  Not bad at all.
 
Still have $742 remaining to pay off the hardware setup...


November Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 December 2014 · 181 views

Once again no new content, though it was time to renew the Electronic TV Guide Subscription to the tune of $20.  That puts the savings for the month at $131 with cumulative savings at $2823.  $893 remains to pay off the hardware.
 
Like last year, I just returned from a vacation.  There's 1255 recorded shows, up quite a bit from last y...


October Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 19 November 2014 · 163 views

No new content purchased in October, so $151 in savings for the month. Cumulative savings are now at $2692.

I purchased another 6 TB drive for the Drobo though, making the hardware investment $3716. This means there's $1024 remaining to pay off the hardware.


And another Drobo 5D capacity increase

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 19 October 2014 · 173 views

Guess I overdid the blu-ray ripping - the light by one of the drives in my Drobo turned yellow, which means it's time to replace the indicated drive with a larger one!  Besides the blu-ray content there's a number of new series, as well as older series that started up in reruns, that I flagged to record when the fall season started up.
 
Before...


September Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 October 2014 · 167 views

No new content purchased in September so $151 in savings for the month.  Cumulative savings are now at $2541.
 
I did purchase a 6 TB drive for the Drobo though, so the hardware investment increased by $316 to $3400.  This means there's $859 remaining to pay off the hardware.
 
When I installed the 6TB drive my free space increased to...






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