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Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 January 2015 · 71 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 · 546 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 · 125 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 · 168 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 · 151 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 · 154 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 · 149 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...


Another Drobo 5D capacity increase

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 14 September 2014 · 171 views

My 6TB drive arrived!  When I took it out of the box it was heavier than I expected.  Per Amazon the 6TB is 1.9 pounds while the 4TB is 1.6 .
 
 
 
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Before Capacity:

 
Before Usage:

 
 
 
After Status:

 
After Capacity:

 
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My storage on...


new TiVo Mega - 6 tuners, 24 TB storage

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 09 September 2014 · 120 views

TiVo announces TiVo Mega, a rackmount DVR with six tuners and 24TB

The new TiVo can record up to 4,000 hours of HD or 26,000 hours of SD. Price hasn't been set, but they're estimating it to be around $5,000.

It sounds like a lot, but as a comparison my setup with 4 tuners and 5.4TB of storage cost $3084. Granted I have gone a little overboard ;) - the...


August Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 02 September 2014 · 184 views

Spent $69 in August on Doctor Who, Season 8  and Franklin & Bash, Season 4  which leaves me $82 in savings for the month.  Cumulative Savings now total $2390 with $694 left to pay off the hardware.
 
I have not yet bought a 6 TB drive.  I spotted this reply over in the Drobo Forums:
so I checked the Capacity Calcula...






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