I am also in the OTA camp. I have no sat/cable subscription and won't pay the ridiculous TIVO sub' price.
I have a panasonic dmr-E80H which works for NTSC ota, upstairs in the bedroom and an LG 3410a downstairs in the main room hooked up to my new plasma (w/ built-in atsc tuner). I have an antenna on the roof and like I said no cable or sat provider. I don't use the LG unfortunately because I can't figure the damn thing out. It is a royal PITA to use IMHO.
I like the Panasonic's manual timer recording functionality just fine. Yes it'd be nicer to use a TV guide like service to track the TV show regardless of when it aired, but I'll take something over nothing and I am not willing to pay through the nose for such a feature.
I am really peeved with Panasonic not coming out with a HD PVR. The E80H is an analog pvr and a dvd burner in one. Their newer offerings have dvd-burner + ATSC tuner *OR* dvd-burner + HDD. WTF?! Why not dvd-burner + ATSC tuner + HDD? I don't get it.
I think it is coersion of the cable/tivo/sat players to keep monopolistic practices in play. But I guess there are too many consumers willing to pay and not complain so it goes on unnoticed.
I don't mean to turn this into a total rant against the companies, I would like to keep a running thread here with the viable options available to those who choose not to participate in the subscription services
for whatever reason they choose.
I'm willing to pay a fair price for a good useble HD PVR box for OTA ATSC (&NTSC as long as it is offered) if it means not having to signup for subscription. There should be choices available to us. Please continue to post products and methods to get this service.
TO MODERATORS: can we create a thread, or sticky this thread, for HD PVR options w/o subscription services so that people can find such info?