Originally Posted by nejpski
I just discovered the HW-150PVR about a week ago and received mine via UPS yesterday.
WOW, $$ well spent.
I was looking for a reasonably priced ATSC tuner with DIGITAL (via HDMI out)....
Not only did I get one for about $50, but I also now have the ability to record to a thumb or external hard drive. WOW!
I do have a couple of questions......
With the most up to date firmware, what is the largest THUMB DRIVE that will be accepted (what is the bottom line speed on the thumb drive for successful recording). Same for external Hard drive.
Has anyone used a USB to SD (or microSD card) for the equivalent of above.
IF so, what is the mininum suggested speed for the micro SD card?
On a totally different note: Scanning gets me 6 channels I dont want to watch (and I would prefer to be able to skip over them when channeling up or down)....Is there a way to edit these channels out....if so, I have missed it and I apologize for the newbie questions. [IE Channel Editing DELETING channels]
While I realize the world has gone digital, I do have a question which had ANALOG wishes (and I realize the HW-150PVR does NOT advertise itself as having analog abilities)...but can the unit tune in an analog signal. Before I am criticized for asking, I will explain why. I have an apartment building with FREE OTA signal piped in to each Apartment (total 8). I ALSO have a video monitoring system which is added to the OTA signal but is on an analog channel (to modulate to a digital channel is thus far, out of my budget)...so is it possible or could this be achieved in a firmware update (I realize the demand is VERY low.]
My intent is to purchase one of thse for each apartment.
MANY thanks for all the eyes who view this forum and the GREAT technical support provided by the manufacturer!!
My old Samsung is now being recycled and is no longer collecting dust in my AV cabinet.
The largest thumb drive is any thumb drive since the highest capacity is well below what is supported. A 2TB HDD is supported.
As far as speed, each channel will transmit at a different bitrate, even if they say 1080 HD, because of different compression and how how each station decides to use their available bandwidth. My highest bitrate station records at 17.6 Mbps. Another records at 13 something Mbps and SD channels of course are lower. Assuming you want to record all stations and shows without problems, you should look for 18Mbps write speed minimum.
You will not really know until you have a USB stick in your possession what the true write speed is since they are not held to standards and vary widely. Even when manufacturers post speeds, they are not real life speeds. A USB 3.0 drive (which would be backwards compatible to the USB 2.0 of the Homeworx) would be your best bet but is really unnecessarily expensive. There are high speed USB 2.0 flash drives that could do the trick, but you won't know for sure until you try it for yourself on your highest bitrate station on a 1080i broadcast.
I have used a Class 4 micro SD card with success. SD cards are held to minimum standards and typically exceed them. Class 4 or above you will not have to worry about.
USB flash drives and SD cards are much more expensive than hard drives per capacity, so unless portability outside your home is important, then I'd really recommend using a hard drive. You will not have to worry about speeds with HDD.
There is no analog tuner - no firmware update can change that.
You can skip unwanted channels by going into Menu - Program Edit. Highlight the channel and press whatever number it says at the bottom of the screen next to "Skip" It will not show up when using the Channel up and down buttons after that. There's also a Delete option there if you are sure you don't want the channel at all.Edited by jprc - 10/15/13 at 11:16pm