I am thinking about getting it either from costco or from tivo-the costco thing would cost more upfront, but it wouldnt be refurbished #1, and #2 have the all time great return policy incase a better deal/rebate comes out soon, and I could always take it montly for a bit and see whether I am really using it.
If you purchase from Costco you basically own the box and would pay the $12.95 a month. You can also use the $150 rebate.
At good quality, what would you guesstimate 80 hours at? Also, do you have any information regarding the dual tuner thing? Being able to watch a program and record another is really an issue for me.
For an 80 hour unit the conversion rate is below:
Basic 80 hours
Medium 51 hours
High 38 hours
Best 24 hours
I have a 140 hour unit and only once have been really close to a point where it was going to delete my recordings to make room for new recordings. I record quite a bit in Best quality but have come to learn there isn't a huge difference between Best and High. Now the only times I'll record Best is if the show has a lot of special effects, takes place at night or contains a lot of water - dark scenes and water are susceptible to macroblocking due to the MPEG2 conversion and can look bad at the Best quality and worse at the lower ones. So Battlestar Galactica is recorded on Best, 4400 on High, Monk on Medium and the morning News on Basic.
Also, do you have any information regarding the dual tuner thing? Being able to watch a program and record another is really an issue for me.
The DT units have some limitations. You said you have cable so that's good. If you had satellite there's no point in getting one as you can't split the signal. The DT units have one tuner that can only handle an analog signal and another tuner that can handle an analog signal AND a digital signal.
The analog channels tend to be 1-99. The digital are 100+. There are some exceptions in some markets. A few markets have gone all digital so you should check first to see if yours is one of those.
What you get from the DT TiVo is the ability to record 2 channels at the same time on the analog stations (1-99) but can only record one channel at a time on the digital stations. So say you were recording the Sopranos on HBO but wanted to watch a movie on HBO2 at the same time you would not be able to do that. But you could record the Sopranos on HBO and watch The Amazing Race on CBS at the same time (or record both at the same time). The hardware in the DTs is a bit better too so you get a slightly better performance, especially if you do things like file transfers or make use of any of the other network functionalities like podcasts.
So DT is limited but still useful and I wish I had one but am holding out till the Series 3.