So here's the deal: I am ready to drop the nearly $100 per month on cable and get my content mostly online, however I'd still like the ability to watch broadcast HD content with DVR like functionality. Luckily the last owners left a 7' antenna in the attic and I've already hooked it up and have great OTA signal.
I've researched the TVix and DTVPal (ChannelMaster) units and they both have some drawbacks. The DTVpal has a small HD and is closed off from everything else I'm doing (Cat-6 network, NAS to stream, etc). The TVix looks good on paper, but seems like it might be kind of immature right now. For example, you can't start watching a program you are recording, which seems like a DVR must-have feature.
The Slingbox HD has an ATSC tuner and component outputs, so I see the potential to use it directly at the TV, without even really focusing on it's ability to stream over the network.
How feasible is this? is there any ability to watch TV through it? Can you do things like change channels on the ATSC tuner, watch recordings on it, etc?
I have read that the Slingbox converts everything to analog and then re-digitizes it to record, so clearly there is some quality loss in HD recordings, but is the generation loss of quality negligible or significant?
I'm also open to any other ATSC DVR ideas, except doing a media PC. I don't want to go that direction.
Oh yea, of course a Tivo would be awesome, but that's out too because I'm not paying $700 up front or $13 a month forever for Tivo to figure out what shows are on the 10 or so OTA stations I get.