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I am subscribed to Comcast internet and with that subscription I can connect my tv up to the cable line and get my locals ang bravo and wgn with my tv's qam tuner. Is there a dvr that I can buy that will allow me to record these channels?

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You can get a TIVO to do it, although I think you may still need a cable card to get it to work (something about channel numbers according to my friend who does this) and you'd pay a subscription to them. Or you can build your own thing using a media center pc or under linux. I personally use MythTV and a couple of HDHomeruns which gives me 4 tuners and also use a few remote frontends. There is very little out of the box which you can get, also beware of putting too much money into clearqam as Comcast are wanting to lock down those locals, so the whole thing could stop working - at which point, I suppose you could stick an antenna on your roof. (If you went the cablecard route, even when they do lock it down, you'd still be OK).

I assume you're paying the Local channels only option on Comcast (which in my area is cheaper than the 1 service only fee).
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I would prefer not to go the pc option. I have a tuner on my laptop but I would rather get a box option like a TiVo but want something with no sub fee and not expensive. I also do not subscribe to any tv package at Comcast. I am only paying for internet service and I get the locals for free because by law they can not encrypt them as they are free ota. I could use an antenna but I get better service with plugging into the cable line vs using an indoor antenna as some channels dot not come in where I have my tv at, I would need the antenna on the second floor to get them.

I really just need a dvr that has good qam support.

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Dual tuner HD-DVR that does clear QAM = Channel Master CM-7400 -- AVS thread here

There is also this DVICO unit which I know nothing about.

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If you're only using Comcast for local channels because you can't easily use an antenna, then you should be safe from having them encrypt your stations, at least until the FCC changes the rules. Both DVRs that Kelson linked will do the trick. The benefit of the CM-7400 is that it has support for closed captions, while the TViX supports USB and network file transfers to let you offload your recordings to archive them (if that ability is important to you).
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I would prefer not to go the pc option. I have a tuner on my laptop but I would rather get a box option like a TiVo but want something with no sub fee and not expensive. I also do not subscribe to any tv package at Comcast. I am only paying for internet service and I get the locals for free because by law they can not encrypt them as they are free ota. I could use an antenna but I get better service with plugging into the cable line vs using an indoor antenna as some channels dot not come in where I have my tv at, I would need the antenna on the second floor to get them.

I really just need a dvr that has good qam support.

Before you buy a DVR for only the unencrypted QAM channels, be aware that the FCC is in the process of dropping the requirement for unencrypted locals if the cable system goes 100% digital.
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