DVR vs. TiVo...and as a Christmas gift to make it more complicated
My mother, bless her heart, is still using her VCR to record programs. She's upgraded to HD/digital cable and has a fancy schmancy tv now, but can't seem to get rid of the VCR. My cousins gave their old TiVo (lifetime service plan pre-paid) to my aunt a few years ago for Christmas and they have loved it. I'm considering doing the same (sorta) for mom because she loves recording shows and movies, but I watch so little tv myself that I haven't needed to learn much about either option.
I can get an older model TiVo on eBay with the service plan billed to me (there are even a few with the lifetime plan pre-purchased) which is appealing, but how does that work with cable? Do I still have to rent a cable card? That's not an option as I can't split her bill with her--which makes a regular DVR tricky at best.
Any suggestions are welcome. She's expressed interest in a DVR repeatedly, but hasn't taken the initiative to get one yet. I'm drawing a huge blank on what else to do for her as she's one of those that has all of her needs (and most wants) taken care of. She's been a huge help to me this years with my lingering gimp arm, but my budget won't stretch to sending her on a cruise. ;)