Digital video recorders, or DVRs are available through all cable and satellite television providers as well as for purchase as standalone devices. Some standalone DVRs require a service subscription for use while others do not. A DVR allows the user to record television shows as well as pause, rewind, and play live television programming. DVRs are sometimes called PVRs, for personal video recorder.
Large chain stores such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, and others who sell TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, and game systems will often sell one or more types of DVR or PVR device. Stores such as Best Buy offer popular DVR brands like TiVo as well as other brands. Most DVRs offered are in the $200 or more price range. TiVo requires a user subscription which is billed monthly at different rates, though not all DVRs do. Moxi, for example, does not require a subscription to use.
Online stores offer DVRs at competitive prices because their competition in the electronics market reaches a significant population. Chain stores have websites as well. Their pricing is usually comparable to their in-store prices, though on occasion there are specials for purchasing items through their online stores. Online auction sites such as eBay and SkoreIt offer electronics such as DVRs and PVRs at extremely competitive pricing for bid or instant purchase, depending on the seller.
Buying a DVR or PVR directly from the manufacturer's website is an alternative to buying from a retail store or website. Manufacturers do not always sell from their own sites, but will at least offer a "where to buy" or "store locator" option that allows you to access local shops or websites to purchase a DVR or PVR from. Occasionally the manufacturer may offer a special bundle or deal if they sell the product themselves, though you will rarely find a competitive price from the manufacturer's website when compared to retail stores or online options.
TV Programming Provider
Contacting your local cable or satellite TV provider can be an economical alternative to buying a DVR yourself. The TV provider will offer one or more styles of DVR for a monthly rental cost added to your regular bill. This cost is usually less than $10, but the convenience of having local tech support and replacement options if something happens to the device can make renting through the TV provider worth it.
Newspapers and Classifieds
Check the local newspaper classified ads, especially on Sunday when the classifieds are generally larger than other weekdays. Most newspapers also offer a website version of their classifieds. Classified ad websites such as Craigslist allow users to choose a location to search within to keep their classified search local. Buying a secondhand DVR can save a lot of money and in many cases, when the product is in good or like-new condition, there is no real sacrifice in the quality or condition of the DVR.
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