Well, I was going through this forum trying to find information about OTA STBs. Simply put, there didn't seem to be a nicely consolidated *current* list of STBs without the unnecessary cost of satellite or encrypted cable support. So here's what I think I was able to figure out.
None of the units appear to have/support an RF remote. They were all straight IR that I could see.
Several threads in the forum seemed to conclude the LGE boxes are the hands-down favorite, so I myself have decided on the LST-4200A.LG Electronics
Highly regarded, common features of the LST-3xxx/LST-4xxx include ATSC+QAM, RF input & RF output, component+DVI+HD15 HD video out, optical+coax digi audio out, signal strength meter button on the remote
LST-4200A - replaces LST-3100A (which used to be the Zenith HDV420?), adds NTSC tuning for analog broadcasts/cable.
LST-3410A - like the LST-3100A but adds PVR capability (not TiVo), has dual analog video inputs for upscaling (no component inputs), looses the coax digi audio out, has two 1394 ports which only support point-to-point connectivity.
LST-3510A - like the LST-3100A but adds an upscaling DVD player (which others have rated as "average", and not worth it if you don't use the DVI upscaling output, new units have the firmware "fix" which disables the upscaled output on the component out), does allow hooking an hdtv tuner and dvd player to a single DVI input on a TV or projector.Macro Image Technology
MIT, not Mits, so not Mitsubishi; only source I know of is www.digitalconnection.com,
as referenced earlier in this thread.
MDR-200 - ATSC+NTSC, dual RF inputs, component+HD15+1394 HD video out (no DVI), optical+coax digi audio out, four analog inputs for upconverting with two being component but they only support 480i signal input.
MDR-200L - low end version, used to be called the MDR-100, single RF input, no inputs for upconverting, no 1394 out, no optical digi audio out.Motorola
HDT101 - replaces HDT100, ATSC only, single RF in, component HD video out, coax digi audio out, fixes some problems with the HDT100 apparently.RCA
ATSC21 - replaces ATSC11 (?), ATSC+NTSC+QAM, dual RF inputs, component+DVI HD video out, optical+coax digi audio out.Samsung
The Samsung units seem generally smashed on for a very poor and slow user interface. Just the sentiment I see from reading the threads.
SIR-T451 - replaces SIR-T351, ATSC+QAM (doesn't do NTSC?), single RF in, component+DVI HD video out, optical+coax digi audio out.Sylvania
6900DTD - replaces SRZ3000, ATSC+NTSC, single RF in, component HD video out, coax digi audio out.US Digital
DB-2010 - ATSC only, single RF in, component HD video out, optical digi audio out, only sold at Wal-mart?V Inc
Bravo HD1 - ATSC only, single RF in, component HD video out, coax digi audio out, analog input for upscaling.Viewsonic
NextVision HD10 - ATSC+NTSC, single RF in, component HD video out, coax digi audio out, analog input for upscaling.
NextVision HD12 - ATSC+NTSC, single RF in, component+DVI+HD15 HD video out, optical+coax digi audio out, dual analog inputs for upscaling.