Having a OTA TV converter box that also can DVR shows is a nice option.
Like a Cable or Satellite TV DVRs a good TV converter box records shows from free over the air broadcast.
This makes them ideal for those looking to get rid of paid cable/satellite TV.
A nice DVR TV converter box that does this is the Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB.
The Mediasonic Homeworx can decode digital over-the-air broadcast to any TV old or new and can also record a TV show.
It does not come with a built-in hard-drive and records to a flash drive or external hard-drive that is connected to it via a USB port.
Since there is no built in storage be sure to buy a large sized flash drive or have a few small ones to record to.
A HD TV show can take 400-500 MB to store while a movie may take around 1 GB. A cheap 8-16 GB flash drive would be a good start. If you plan on recording a lot than a external hard-drive may be better.
The back of the unit has standard cable RF in/out, HDMI, component video, and a USB connection.
A nice feature about the Homeworx is it comes with a built-in TV guide.
It can play 720p or 1080p video so it can play any show broadcast over-the air. One of the things I found useful was that any show recorded to a flash-drive could be taken to a computer and played there with the right software.
Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB is a good budget home DVR for free over-the-air TV.
The combination of low cost and functionality make it our pick for those looking to cut the cable cord but still want to record shows from free broadcast.
A good OTA TV antenna along with the Homeworx is a good option for any cord cutter.
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