I'm a DVR fan from way back. I started by using ReplayTV (of blessed memory), then made the move to Windows Media Center, which has served me well for many years.
However, I'm at a crossroads. For reasons I won't get into here, Windows Media Center is no longer getting the job done. Thus, I have to live with Comcast's ubercrappy DVR or make the move to TiVo.
I've long resisted using TiVo for one simple reason: the monthly service fee. After you buy the box, you're on the hook for $12.95 per month, $129 per year, or a one-time fee of $399 for lifetime service.
However, the box is now cheaper than ever: You can get a TiVo HD 20-hour DVR for just $99.99 with free shipping. Do you want more space for your shows? The 150-hour TiVo HD XL model is $199.99.
Both models are refurbished units, but like new TiVos, they come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and TiVo's full warranty, which is 1 year on parts and 90 days on labor.
These are previous-generation TiVo models, which is why they're in the "clearance center." But given the lukewarm reviews the new TiVo Premiere, which starts at $299, I'd probably choose one of these older models anyway. (Mistake? TiVo veterans can school me in the comments.)
Bottom line: This is your chance to score a TiVo HD for the lowest price ever. Heck, if pair it with--which is not just for iPads--you get out the door for no cost to you. You still have to pay for service, though, which remains a deal breaker for me.
Bonus deal: Buy.com has a SanDisk Cruzer 4GB flash drive for $8.95 with free shipping. I love these little thumbdrives because they have retractable USB plugs.