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ATSC Digital Box on Ebay $30.99
Last year I bought a Homeworx HW-150 PVR on Ebay for around $40. Recently, I saw a similar box for sale, around $29+ BIN, I offered $27 and got one. I was surprised how small it is, much smaller than the Homeworx. The front panel has a display, but all it shows is a Channel number corresponding to how it scanned the OTA frequencies. I mistakenly thought it would be a front panel clock. So, for example, CBS OTA DTV CH 2.1 is just shown as "CH 001". Unlike the Homeworx, there is no On-Off button, it simply plugs in and stays on. A small red LED light indicates standby when shut off. The menus are almost identical to the Homeworx, with minor differences.... unless I'm doing something wrong, I can't seem to program a Timer from the EPG screen. When I hit "ok" from the remote on an EPG listing, it just goes to the timer event screen in which I had to input the timer info manually. The software is dated July 2015, maybe it needs an update. The other difference I noted was that the channel scan took much longer than the Homeworx. The back panel inputs and outputs are identical, HDMI, Component & Composite out, Antenna In and RF Ch3 out. A PNY 32GB flash drive I used on the Homeworx... worked as far as recording, but I was unable to delete a show recorded on the Homeworx. Obviously Made In China (where else ?) I did see somewhere the notation or label "Mediasonic CA". Don't know if this is a new model recently released, or it's been out a while, the Chinese company advertised many different types of receivers on their Ebay page. One looks similar but is just a digital-to-analog tuner. I like the Homeworx better, but I did want a second one without paying the higher price. A single-tuner PVR for $27.00.... not bad. The original BIN price was $29.13 shipped, now it's been upped to $30.99. The specs show QAM 64, I suppose if you email the manufacturer for an update you'll get QAM support. Although the screens are similar to the Homeworx, the software numbers are different. My HW-150 shows V14, the new box is just a string of numbers. It does some sort of Time-Shifting, which I'm not planning on exploring. This will come in handy while my main DVRs are disconnected for the summer.
Last edited by joecass; 07-21-2016 at 04:42 PM.