This is a fun one. My parents are extremely technology deficient. Dad doesn't have a cell. Mom has a pre-paid one. No computers in the house, but they do have wireless (the fios package deal was cheaper for all 3 than it was for just TV and landline phone). Up until a few weeks ago, my mom was still using a vcr to record her one soap opera in CBS. That vcr is now dead and she wants "of those DVS things". I spoke with my old man to explain to him that the easiest bet is to get a DVR from verizon and it will be able to be used throughout the whole house. Since I already have fios, I was able to figure out that his bill would go up by an ASTOUNDING $15 a month. OK, he didn't use the word astounding, but it was more like "I'm not paying $15 fucking dollars to rent a fucking DVR" I'm trying to figure out a viable option for my mom to be able to watch her show that wont cost them a monthly fee AND wont be outrageously expensive for the initial investment as well. Here's the options I have come up with so far. 1. Buy her a tivo for xmas and set the monthly fee to go to my credit card. They won't know about it, and she will get what she wants. I have read that in order to do it on Fios, you gotta get a special card from Verizon installed. Anyone have any experience with this one? 2. Buy her a first-gen Ipad and then teach her to use the CBS app to watch her show. that's a bit pricey though and not sure if I could actually get her to watch it. Hell, I don't even have my own Ipad yet 3. I just thought abut this on the 7 hour drive to montreal tonight. I know CBS has some shows for free on demand. Do they have the soap operas on there? I'm up in Montreal all week so I can't check it. Can someone that has it check that? 4. I looked around on Amazon for a simple DVR that didn't have a subscription fee. Might have missed one because the amazon search brought me mostly, DVD recorders and Tivos.... you know, things that everyone except for my parents would buy. 5. Netflix is a no-go. Pretty sure Hulu is the same because CBS is a bunch of cunts. What about Roku? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Trying to figure out a way to do this as easy as possible... I'm willing to do the tivo thing if it does work. Just seeing if I can find an easier way.