More time or more money is the solution to any problem.
I can either throw more money at a problem to save myself time. Or I can throw more time at a problem to save myself money.
When I was thinking about getting a TiVo, I debated setting up a DIY DVR system. I could reuse a small computer I have, and get a CableCARD to stick in it and wire it into our cable… I could get software setup and make it friendly and convenient enough for myself and my wife to use.
Or I could buy a TiVo. Far more money, but far less time.
We now own a TiVo.