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Has any used LAVA DVR?

I recently came across LAVA DVR while searching for antenna information.

http://antennadeals.com/DVRVideoRecorder.html

Has anyone heard of and tried this brand? Is it any good?
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Looks like the same basic design as the iView or Homeworx. Lots of misleading info, including saying the PSIP EPG is 7 days........while it could be, most are only 12hrs or even less
The $39.95 isn't bad(even comes with a 16gb thumb drive) but like it's clones I'm sure it's got the same bugs and hardware limitations.....
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So are the iView or Homeworx worth a look?

Basic specs I'd like:

Record 2-3 channels while I watch a another.
Recordings should at least last for a month or longer.
Have at least 1-2 weeks of channel guide info.
No monthly subscription.
I don't need automatic recordings. IE: TiVo brain recordings. I will tell it what & when to record.

Right now I setup my TWC DVR each Sunday for the week. Using the TVGuide I go day to day (Sun-Sat) and set each days recordings. I add addition recording settings as needed.
I've been doing that since I had my first DVR.


Does iView, Homeworx, or another DVR offer that?
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So are the iView or Homeworx worth a look?
Not from what you wrote.

They are bare-bones, single-tuner, manual recording devices that barely qualify as an OTA DVR.
If you are talking about a DVR for OTA, a TiVo Roamio OTA will do everything you listed above.

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So are the iView or Homeworx worth a look?

Basic specs I'd like:

Record 2-3 channels while I watch a another.
Recordings should at least last for a month or longer.
Have at least 1-2 weeks of channel guide info.
No monthly subscription.
I don't need automatic recordings. IE: TiVo brain recordings. I will tell it what & when to record.

Right now I setup my TWC DVR each Sunday for the week. Using the TVGuide I go day to day (Sun-Sat) and set each days recordings. I add addition recording settings as needed.
I've been doing that since I had my first DVR.


Does iView, Homeworx, or another DVR offer that?
1. These "DVRs" only record one channel and to make matters worse, when your recording a new program you can't be playing back an old recording.
2. Recordings last forever, or until you delete them, IOW they don't automatically delete like say a Tivo can be setup.
3. Yes no monthly fee.
4. Yes, these "DVRs" are basically an electronic VCR, start/stop and channel. Note you can use the "guide" but don't expect it to go out much more than 12hrs, anything more is just a bonus.
5. Again these things are basically a glorified VCR, not much more.
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Well that's a bust. lol

Looks like I will have to keep looking at the others Tivo, OTT cloud DVRs, etc.
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I personally tried a couple iViews(very similar to the product you linked) but ended up with a Tivo Roamio OTA model, $299 on sale with no further fees. I was so happy with it I purchased another for the bedroom and a Mini for my lower level.
I can record up to 8 channels at a time and never really have to watch live TV(commercials)
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