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Expanding on your welcome feedback:
My website learning spree tells me Kodi is software that runs on different hardware platforms (ARM, Google's Chromebox, Windows x86 PC). Your SiliconeDust - what a cooool name! - HDHomeRun tuner is also one of these. You can use Kodi and associated hardware almost in plug-n-play fashion (i.e. more set up than a TiVo system), but with more control over the GUI/searching experience, correct?

Now here's where it gets fuzzy for me:
AFAIK, the HDHomeRun tuner is only for OTA streaming. I assume you also subscribe to a service like Netflix, so that must mean your Kodi boxes are not HDHomeRun types, which are listed for $60 direct. Is there a product called "Kodi box"?
The HDHomerun dual tuner i have is for OTA only. They do have other ones that are for cable tv setups. I don't use netflix... I rent movies or buy them, and then rip the purchased ones to my NAS. We do some Amazon streaming, and my wife does YouTube streaming, but that is about it for us.

Here are 2 of the boxes I use by preference.

#1: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
#2: http://cuboxtv.com/

#1 This one has wifi which is ok for music but not good for 1080p streaming, and runs nice and cool (also has cat5 hookup)
#2 This one is very small (almost too small), is on 24/7, but runs hot. When I bought this one it was just under $100.

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Is that in Canadian $
That is not too bad since it is canadian dollars. I pay about $90 a month for 100Mbps download with a 1TB cap (including all taxes, and fees).

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Re: Yet Another "Cutting the Cord"

For those out there following along, I found this article extremely helpful in explaining everything from programming to antennae to tuners and DVRs.
And please make any corrections you see fit!

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It's [the TiVo Bolt] just a very seamless setup. I've no doubt that a PC could do everything and more, but I don't need the hassle of setup and maintenance of a PC. I don't want to have to research everything and make sure drivers don't break things or conflict with other equipment in a custom box. This is hassle-free.
Coming off the flat part of my learning curve, I like TiVo's turn-key solution more and more; especially when considering the opposing "separates" approach. I want to spend more time watching, and less time babysitting the PC and the network!


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The HDHomerun dual tuner i have is for OTA only. They do have other ones that are for cable tv setups. I don't use netflix... I rent movies or buy them, and then rip the purchased ones to my NAS. We do some Amazon streaming, and my wife does YouTube streaming, but that is about it for us.

Here are 2 of the boxes I use by preference.

#1: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
#2: http://cuboxtv.com/

#1 This one has wifi which is ok for music but not good for 1080p streaming, and runs nice and cool (also has cat5 hookup)
#2 This one is very small (almost too small), is on 24/7, but runs hot. When I bought this one it was just under $100.
Thanks for that info - it helped me scoot on up that ol' learning curve. The Amazon ad you referenced for the Matricom G-Box Q2 really plays up its performance. So much so, I almost ran back over to that seemingly grass-is-greener side! Specifics driving my techno-lust are its heavy compu-power, massive storage, and extreme support base - all of which contribute to keeping it relevant in the face of advancing technology and the onslaught of knock-offs. I really want to like this machine, but... I came across this article, which is a bit of a head scratcher (I think the reviewer was negatively biased going in). Then I realized you already alerted me to the the downgraded audio/visual performance for SD/HD content. Its glowing 4K performance doesn't matter to me, as it'll be a while before I own a 4K TV.

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Re: Yet Another "Cutting the Cord"

Getting closer to pulling the trigger on TiVo, which is more expensive than the Kodi-box solution. How much more expensive? Well, not including common components like an antenna, cables, and streaming services:
$250 (x1) TiVo BOLT
$150 (x2) TiVo MINI
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$550 Total Hardware

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$100 (x3) Matricom G-Box Q2
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$300 Total Hardware

The TiVo solution also requires a monthly subscription - essentially a channel guide as far as I can tell - for about $15/month. So if you "amortize" the cost over, say, a five year product lifespan, then the equivalent upfront cost would be $900. I'm starting to see why thrillcat said you could build a HTPC instead. Being an HTPC novice I can only guess that you can build one blazing, sharp HTPC for around $1450 ($550 TiVO hardware + $900 5-year subscription). Thoughts on pros/cons other than setup?
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$250 (x1) TiVo BOLT
$150 (x2) TiVo MINI
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$550 Total Hardware

The TiVo solution also requires a monthly subscription - essentially a channel guide as far as I can tell - for about $15/month. So if you "amortize" the cost over, say, a five year product lifespan, then the equivalent upfront cost would be $900. I'm starting to see why thrillcat said you could build a HTPC instead. Being an HTPC novice I can only guess that you can build one blazing, sharp HTPC for around $1450 ($550 TiVO hardware + $900 5-year subscription). Thoughts on pros/cons other than setup?
If you go to the TiVO website, you can buy the Bolt with a lifetime service plan up front for $550, saving money and avoiding the monthly fee. I'm pretty sure you can buy that service plan within the first year if you buy the Bolt from another vendor, but I'd confirm that.

But that makes the TiVo $750/850 for the Bolt, and I bought my Mini new on eBay for about $90, so now you're right in the $1K range up front, and no monthly fee.
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Another quick note, for the next 6 hours or so, you can get the 1000GB TiVo Bolt on a Prime Day special for $224.
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Any chance you'll be selling yours soon?

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Another quick note, for the next 6 hours or so, you can get the 1000GB TiVo Bolt on a Prime Day special for $224.
That'll be worth looking into. All I've found so far were refurbished units at that price.

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Any chance you'll be selling yours soon?
Not my Bolt, but I've got a Premiere I'd offload for cheap. It won't run a Mini, though, because it only has 2 tuners.
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