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DVRs for over-the-air TV
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:27:28 PM »
All of our TiVo boxes are pre-digital and won't work w/ an over-the-air antenna (I tried...)

For the TVs w/ cable, we've got the Uverse boxes that come with our service.

But I've got a TV with an antenna out in the office, and I'm wondering if someone has a cheap DVR they'd recommend to hook up to it.  I'm not planning to record a lot of stuff, but would like the ability to pause & rewind when I've got live TV on out there.  Plus, it's a dry run for possibly cutting the cord and going digital w/ over-the-air as an option.

anyone got suggestions?
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 06:03:02 PM »
Back in the 00's I built a DVR from a spare PC and a Hauppauge TV card but it was a pain to set up. Supposedly the later cards and USB dongles could handle OTA digital.

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/webstore2/webstore-main_hardware.html
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 06:04:55 PM »
I don't have the patience to build it myself :)
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 06:08:46 PM »
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 08:38:51 PM »
My wife and I got ourselves a Tablo for Christmas. It is an over-the-air DVR that you can access via your home network. You can access the recorded shows (and live TV) via IOS, Android, Roku and the Chrome browser to name a few. We get all of the local stations with very good reception.
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 03:22:28 AM »
Thanks - that's great to know.  I'll look into them.  :)
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 04:12:57 AM »
My wife and I got ourselves a Tablo for Christmas. It is an over-the-air DVR that you can access via your home network. You can access the recorded shows (and live TV) via IOS, Android, Roku and the Chrome browser to name a few. We get all of the local stations with very good reception.

Thanks for the info. We're looking for something like this as well.  O0
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Re: DVRs for over-the-air TV
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 09:18:42 AM »
We got the most inexpensive unit which will record up to two shows at the same time. There are more expensive units that increase the number of simultaneous recordings. The one we have has internal flash memory for about 40 hours of recordings (at the default resolution settings). You can also plug in an external hard drive of any size you wish to increase the number of recording hours. Ours ran right around $200 US.

My only complaint is that the Roku app is missing a couple of features found in the Chrome and IOS apps. This only affects the scheduling of recording not any playback or live TV functions. Not a biggie.

You can sign up for a "guide" service for about $5/month that makes reviewing upcoming shows and scheduling recordings easier but in the absence of that you can still schedule recordings manually. The manual scheduling function looks a lot like what you would see on a VCR scheduling screen.

We really like it so far.
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