While I did buy Blake's 7, I'm not counting it in my savings over DirecTV calculations as I couldn't have watched it on DirecTV anyway. Since that was the only content I purchased this month, I'm going with $0 spent for April, thus $146 in savings.
My cumulative savings is now $432, leaving a balance of $2299 to pay off the DVR setup. I debated not counting the Drobo as I bought it for the DVD rips, but decided I should count it after realizing the DVR recordings now take over 1TB of space. The recordings can't span multiple drives and the drives I had hooked up before were each 1TB. If I hadn't set up the Drobo, the balance would now be $1031.
The reason the EyeTV records are taking up so much room is I've been recording some series that I want to watch in order. The largest chunk of storage is 447 GB for That 70's Show. I have 109 of the 200 episodes recorded, but not a single one of season 1. The pilot airs next week, so I'll finally start watching them. The show reminds me a lot of when I was growing up - the setting is about 30 miles from where I lived in the 70s and early 80s. While I watched the series when it aired, it was pre-DVR and I missed a number of episodes. You know how you hear about British shows often being butchered when they're remade in the states? The reverse occurs as well:
Speaking of That '70s Show - I had been watching Men at Work, which stars Danny Masterson, on TBS's web site. However, when I went to watch the second episode of the season, I discovered they had rolled out Unlock the Laughter (sign in with your cable/satellite provider account). It was a fun show that I didn't mind watching with the commercials (and they had a lot of them compared to other website broadcasts), but I've decided to drop it instead of buying it via iTunes.
Syfy's new series Defiance is on their site. It looks interesting, but I haven't watched it yet as I'm waiting to see if they'll end up delaying the online episodes like they did for Being Human - I'd hate to watch episode 2 then have to wait a month to see episode 3.