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Posted: 9/25/2013 2:39:20 PM EST
DirectTV went above what I was willing to pay and dropped it and went back to an antenna. I get 38 clear English speaking channels and my wife misses the DVR function and is looking to get it back. I have seen a few OTA capable DVR units but am unsure who to look for.

Anyone running a home antenna with a OTA capable DVR?

Thanks in advance.
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Posted: 9/25/2013 5:43:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By Longboat:
DirectTV went above what I was willing to pay and dropped it and went back to an antenna. I get 38 clear English speaking channels and my wife misses the DVR function and is looking to get it back. I have seen a few OTA capable DVR units but am unsure who to look for.

Anyone running a home antenna with a OTA capable DVR?

Thanks in advance.
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This would seem to be your best option:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-HDD-and-DVD-Recorder-with-Digital-Tuner-1TB/20710259
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Posted: 9/25/2013 5:46:41 PM EST
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I'm in the same boat as you and haven't found anything approaching a decent capability at a decent price. My theory is the cable companies put a ton of pressure on consumer manufacturers not to release a halfway decent OTA DVR. I'm about to take an old PC and throw a tuner card in it and do it that way, the reviews of every recorder I've seen have been shit. The Tivo units get a good rep, but I'll be damned if I am paying a monthly or annual fee to them.
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Posted: 9/27/2013 7:50:30 AM EST
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I'm in the same boat as you and haven't found anything approaching a decent capability at a decent price. My theory is the cable companies put a ton of pressure on consumer manufacturers not to release a halfway decent OTA DVR. I'm about to take an old PC and throw a tuner card in it and do it that way, the reviews of every recorder I've seen have been shit. The Tivo units get a good rep, but I'll be damned if I am paying a monthly or annual fee to them.
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Yep.. Not really interested in paying $15 a month for TiVO..
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Posted: 9/28/2013 5:15:46 PM EST
Windows 7, Media player seems to be able to capture programming from my cable provider.
The tuner card I am using has provision for recording digital ota channels as well.
I haven't tried it, occasionally the computer crashes but not too often.
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Windows 7, Media player seems to be able to capture programming from my cable provider.
The tuner card I am using has provision for recording digital ota channels as well.
I haven't tried it, occasionally the computer crashes but not too often.
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I do all of my recording through a win 7 box, with a Hauppauge PVR-2250 tuner in it.

It works VERY well.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 8:43:41 PM EST
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Yep.. Not really interested in paying $15 a month for TiVO..
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Originally Posted By Chairborne:
I'm in the same boat as you and haven't found anything approaching a decent capability at a decent price. My theory is the cable companies put a ton of pressure on consumer manufacturers not to release a halfway decent OTA DVR. I'm about to take an old PC and throw a tuner card in it and do it that way, the reviews of every recorder I've seen have been shit. The Tivo units get a good rep, but I'll be damned if I am paying a monthly or annual fee to them.



Yep.. Not really interested in paying $15 a month for TiVO..



You can buy a TIVO and get the lifetime subscription option.
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Posted: 10/10/2013 1:29:58 PM EST
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This would seem to be your best option:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-HDD-and-DVD-Recorder-with-Digital-Tuner-1TB/20710259
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Originally Posted By Longboat:
DirectTV went above what I was willing to pay and dropped it and went back to an antenna. I get 38 clear English speaking channels and my wife misses the DVR function and is looking to get it back. I have seen a few OTA capable DVR units but am unsure who to look for.

Anyone running a home antenna with a OTA capable DVR?

Thanks in advance.


This would seem to be your best option:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-HDD-and-DVD-Recorder-with-Digital-Tuner-1TB/20710259


I like my Magnavox, but they don't do HiDef. All you want to know about this product is at http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575

Your other option is a CHannel Master previously known as a DTVPal not sure what's going on with their current production...http://www.channelmaster.com/Set_Top_Boxes_Antenna_DVR_Subscription_Free_DVR_s/40.htm
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