Originally Posted by angusyoung
I'd like to get a HDTV which permits the recording of unencrypted OTA broadcasts.
If you mean the unencrypted, local broadcast channels from cable, you'll need a standalone DVR with a clear-QAM tuner.
If so, your choices are the TiVo, Moxi or HTPC (or the provider's DVR - but don't count on them to give you a DVR with only a Limited Basic subscription).
I'm assuming you have cable, because you said "unencrypted". Nothing available OTA (ATSC) is encrypted. If you truly meant OTA, then a CM-7000 DVR, DTVPal DVR, TiVo or HTPC will do (also, there's the Sony DHG-HDD500/250 and the LG 3410a, which are old now. They both use TVGOS. If your area is sending out the OTA digital signal, the Sony will probably work for you. The cable situation's much more iffy. The LG can't pick up digital TVGOS, but it has manual time setting, so there's the manual timers to fall back on. It's also a better bet for clear-QAM cable usage than the Sony. There's also an ATSC-only predecessor to the LG made by Zenith, that's even older yet. I think it uses a PSIP guide, and also has manual time setting, so you'd be OK with that, too, for OTA. Can't recall the model # offhand).