Thanks for the suggestion videobruce,
Unfortunately its a Catch 22
The device I want is a OTA DVR.
If I get a stand alone tuner, frankly, I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to hang a STB DVR only onto it - even if I could find one, programming the combo would be more than I want to deal with.
And yes, if I was interested in a PC card tuner, I would post there. The only problem is that I'm looking for the best tuner which means someone has to talk about both the OTA-DVR and the PC. If I go and post to the PC area and mention an the OTA DVR, I suppose I'll get the same suggestion - post on this forum.
Its actually even worse than you suspect. When searching for the best ATSC tuner, that also includes HDTV's themselves.
It sounds like maybe there might be a need for an ASTC tuner sub forum where discussion would be about tuners themselves that are found in all the various products. Then it would be known if HDTC's were ahead of HDTV's or vice versa, etc.
And then even if that was the case, in olden times, they used to publish just about every of FM tuner spec and editorial reviews of them were quite technical. But even back then, virtually nothing was said about NTSC specs. Ironically, now that HD video has basically replaced High Fidelity audio, I am unaware of any kind of technical editorial review regarding any audio or video device. The most you can hope for is an amateur that has actually owned a few units at the same time.
OTA is kept swept under the rug and I suspect it will no longer be available in 10-20 years due to the voracious hunger for broadband devices.