Originally Posted by EpicVegas
What ATSC receiver box would you recommend?
That really depends on your needs. My HD TV sets show only the current program and the next one. I bought a cheap DVR, a DigitalStream DPH-100R, that relies completely on the PSIP EPG data for its program guide. It works. OTOH I have a couple of TiVo boxes that cost a lot more, require a subscription, and get their program guide data from Tribune Media Services, as most DVR products in the US do. While the TiVo boxes give me a lot more data, it is also notoriously inaccurate. So what Otto Pylot wrote is on the money. Another problem with PSIP is that you have to be tuned into the channel to get the program information.
I can't recommend any tuner-only products. I found the iview 3500STB
on Amazon.com, but can't vouch for it.
I bought that DPH-100R to take with me when I visit my mother who's in an elder care facility with a campus MATV system. They get OTA TV from a master antenna, and 30 or so SD channels from a commercial (like you'd find in a hotel) DirecTV mainframe receiver. (it has plug-in cards for each channel.) I'll be able to get PSIP data to record the OTA channels, but since the analog channels don't have any embedded EPG data I'll use Zap2It to fill in the holes. It sounds complicated, but IME this will probably be the easiest to use in this particular situation.
Although Zap2It is owned and operated by Tribune Media services, ans should in theory have the same data as any TMS service, the TiVo EPG doesn't distinguish between analog channel 5 and digital channel 5.1, which makes a TiVo useless (and explains why I bought the new box) at this particular location. At home I rely mostly on my TiVo boxes for all TV viewing and recording. It's been a major investment, but a worthwhile one for me.
Since you're on OTA and (I presume) not cable, and don't want DVR functionality, the only thing I can think of is to shop carefully for a new TV set. Most tuner-only products are made to retrofit old NTSC televisions so they can receive DTV, and wouldn't be compatible with HDTV. SiliconDust makes HD tuners, but they only connect to a computer over a computer network. I'd make sure that whatever you get has a HDMI socket on the back. That's some guarantee that you'll get HD out.