I actually used to have a DVR - home built PC, running Windows XP Media Center for years and then Windows 7 (still with MC). Finally dropped it and moved to streaming when it became easier to get more content that way for a lower price and not have to worry about manually skipping through commercials on recorded content. When cable went from analog to digital things got messier, and then when cable cards became a requirement I got out. Besides, paying for a high-end cable package costs as much as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube Red, Amazon Prime, and something like SlingTV all together. Yes, Sling still has commercials... but its only used (in my home) for the things that we can't get through those other ad-free services. I still use the HTPC for viewing that stuff, but never bought into the CableCard thing. I did try OTA, but can't get much reception without a roof-top antenna (which is more than I want to deal with).