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recording TV via cable

hello,
I'm going to buy a "basic combo" from cablecom, which will allow me to see TV channels via cable.
I noticed that with this offer you cannot record the TV programs (probably because the "box/decoder" you receive cannot do that). I was wondering if you could record them anyway, for instance buy using a different TV box or your PC.
Of course you could buy the more expensive package, but that would be 80.- CHF/month instead of 60.-...

thanks for your suggestions,
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Re: recording TV via cable

We have just got the basic combo, and are so used to being able to record and pause etc, that we are upgrading today to the next one. It's only another 10 chf a month so we thought, why not? Unless of course there is a free way of recording then I am all ears!
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Re: recording TV via cable

yeah, I would also like to be able to record some programs. I originally chose cablecom because it's slightly cheaper than swisscom or sunrise, but I think that when you take recording into account maybe it's not the cheapest option
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Re: recording TV via cable

No 'free' way, no. For 10CHF/mo., adding the recording capability is probably going to be the best and easiest option. However, if you have a computer with a television tuner, you can connect your cable to it and use the computer's software to record programming. Please note- this can take up a lot of space on the computer's hard drive, and the computer must be running to record the program.
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Re: recording TV via cable

It's not the cheapest but it is the simplest, I think anyway. We ordered on a Tuesday and had internet and cable by Friday morning. In th UK it takes two weeks for your broadband to be activated, and here I was online within ten mins of getting the package. Plus it was ME that installed it, thus proving it's complete easyness as I am a total tool when it comes to anything other than shoes.
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Re: recording TV via cable

of course you can record the video. all you need is a DVR/Tivo device between the output of the Cablecom box and the input of the TV. The signal is not scrambled or anything...
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of course you can record the video. all you need is a DVR/Tivo device between the output of the Cablecom box and the input of the TV. The signal is not scrambled or anything...
Only "problem" is that you can't watch something else while recording this way.

Having the actual UPC Media box is IMO the only way to go as it allows you to record up to two programs at the same time (but you need to switch the box off when doing this) or record and watch something else at the same time...
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Re: recording TV via cable

I bought the package from UPC in addition to having city cable which is great. Half price for a year so works out 12.50chf p/m for the decent package and you get a DVR box (can't remember the upfront fee for that)
http://www.upc-cablecom.ch/en/b2c/tv.htm

Another option which I don't use but was thinking of is a website called Zattoo http://zattoo.com Its free to watch a heck of a lot of channels, plus I've just seen there's a free 1 month trail which records channels 24hrs a day so you can watch back when you like.

Now I've seen it's free I'll probably use it myself for E4!
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Another option which I don't use but was thinking of is a website called Zattoo http://zattoo.com Its free to watch a heck of a lot of channels, plus I've just seen there's a free 1 month trail which records channels 24hrs a day so you can watch back when you like.

Now I've seen it's free I'll probably use it myself for E4!
I've been using Zattoo (free) for ages - in addition to Cablecom and iPlayer, and it should satisfy your requirements for free German language programmes too (other thread).

The Recall service effectively records entire channels of the users choosing, and archives them for later viewing - that is my understanding, anyway. Also my interpretation of Recall free service is slightly different to the above. My reading was that it only holds them in the archive for 30 days, but you can always use this option for recording.

However, monthly, quarterly or yearly subscription is offered - the latter is about CHF45 p.a. - and offers higher picture quality and indefinite archiving of "recorded" programmes.
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