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Suggestions for OTA DVR?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Alf S, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Alf S

    Alf S Banned
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    Yes, we took the plunge. Well, I should testing the waters for a few months. Read more here:
    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/posts/4474459/

    So does anyone else use an OTA DVR that doesn't charge monthly fees along the lines of say the Channel Master or Tablo?

    I'm leaning toward the Tablo 4 tuner model but I see I do need to pay for a guide. Does anyone use a Tablo or Channel Master? If so, what are you thoughts? Worth it? Not worth it? Any major issues?

    Tablo DVR: https://www.tablotv.com/

    Channel Master: https://www.channelmaster.com/

    If you had to chose, which one would you opt for any why?

    Thanks for any input you have.
     
  2. DaveF

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    Personally, having not researched DVRs in four years, I'd do one of three things:
    * Buy a new TiVo Bolt 1TB with Lifetime plan (upfront cost, no monthly) and a DIY hard drive upgrade straight off
    * Buy a used TiVo Roamio with Lifetime plan
    * Build an HTPC DVR with Emby or Plex as the server.

    I don't know anything about Tablo or Channelmaster, as I've not looked at OTA-only DVR options in at least four years.
     
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    You weren't possibly using an old TIVO 2 or 3 by chance?

    Tivo just sent out deal to get a Transfer of Lifetime plan from an old (still active) TIVO 2 or 3/HD for $99 on a new Bolt purchased from Tivo.com with a promo code. The Tivo 500 or 1Gb 4tuner has the ability to tune OTA.
    A $300 box with a LIFETIME plan with functionality of TIVO is a pretty good deal. The normal Lifetime with this unit with be a minimum of $500+cost of the Unit so $300 vs $650+. They tend to hold their value pretty well too, allows access to Hulu, Netflix through the box.

    Easy enough to pop a new up to 3TB HD into the cheapest unit to increase recording.
     
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    Forgot to follow up that we ended up getting the Roamio OTA and it's feeding a Mini Tivo. Works perfectly.
     
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    Glad your setup is working perfectly, I was going to add that I looked into going a DVR for OTA and realized it all seemed to cost monthly fees so I ended up buying WinTV 8 for my computer and I've used it ever since for recordings, has full OTA schedules and timer for 2 different recordings at once.
     

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