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Nice item for cable-cutters

eraseGetting rid of cable TV is one great way to boost a household budget. Not only do you lose the cable bill — you also may find yourself spending less time in front of the screen and more time in the real world. But if you think you would miss your cable package’s included DVR, here’s a valuable ally in cutting the cable: the DVR+ from ChannelMaster. Combined with an antenna, it picks up local TV in high definition and records whatever your specify. Here’s a useful review with all the details, and here’s an excellent support thread at AVSforum.

Here’s a post on a predecessor to the DVR+ (I still have mine — in fact, the only reason I haven’t gotten a DVR+ is that my old box is still working so well.)