Originally Posted by rockisdead
Is HDHomerun Dual a better replacement for this disappointed product?
I have a Dvico Tvix andd an HD Homerun. If your computer/laptop can output 1080P, my answer is yes the HD Homerun is a better replacement for all and any OTA DVR. The only advantage DVRs have over the an HD Homerun or any PC-based tuner/recorder is their ability to output 1080P, and only if you have an old computer that can not output 1080P.
The advantages the HD Homerun has over my Dvico Tvix are too many.
1. Cost: I paid $70 for the Homerun. Hooked it up to a $300 low-end laptop with HDMi output. Cost of electricity to use a low-power laptop is much lower also.
2. Convenience: The laptop itself is a monitor. With a DVR you need an external monitor for recording and watching shows. I can take my laptop, HD Homerun, and Mohu Leaf antenna in my backpack anywhere I go and can record and watch shows in hotels and even airports.
3. Power and flexibility: DVRs are just dumb machines that can only do a few things. A computer, on the hand, can do many things. DVRs can not play all movie or audio formats. A computer can. You can not edit recorded shows directly on the DVR. You can on a computer. With a DVR you can only record shows to either an internal drive or an external one depending how the manufacturer designed the machine. With a computer you can set it or record to the internal drive or an external one. With a computer a few minutes of downloading will get you 2 weeks of reliable programming data.
My HD Homerun and laptop have not replaced my TVix yet, but only because it is a low-end laptop that can not output 1080P.