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$229.99? With more than one tuner? And no monthly fee or 2-year contract? Wishful thinking. Not retail, that's for sure. Are you thinking it will be cheaper because it's OTA-only? That won't make much of a difference, if any. If anything, they're likely to charge MORE because your not tied to them as a provider. Not less. That's the way it's always worked.
If it costs anywhere near that cheap, it's gonna be the worst Chinese junk imaginable, just like the lower priced Funai-made SD HDD/DVD recorders out there now, that miss recordings, and whose digital tuners are always losing channels, and, other than maybe the Polaroid, which is a total POS otherwise, have subpar PQ.
Heck - just a single-tunered, up to 6 or 8 hr. DVD recorder from Panasonic costs over $200.00 - and they don't have to pay Gemstar anything these days. And, like the HDD/DVD models, those things (and all of the others) are full of all kinds of bugs now that they're all MIC.
The ONLY reason that the Sony DHG-HDD500 dropped down to $250.00 at Tweeter was because of the impending analog cutoff and the guide (or even the manual timing) wouldn't work anymore. And most of the ones that were sold were in re-taped boxes. So don't go by that.
We'll see. If it actually is that cheap, you'll be lucky it lasts more than 6 months, and I wouldn't even waste my money on it.