We hear so much these days about everyone cutting the cord and watching HD TV available for free over the air. So if there is such a large and growing movement, then why are there no name-brand companies making DVRs that record using subscription-free ATSC signals from an antenna?
Not that many years ago there were several large companies making PVRs; Philips, Sony, etc. I was very happy with my Sony 160 Gb unit until last month when I cancelled my cable rendering it useless since it can't tune OTA signals. I looked around and there was virtually *nothing* available from any serious, reputable company. Desperate, I settled for a mickey-mouse, flakey, poorly documented, chinese Homeworx HW 150PVR for $60 when I would gladly have paid $200+ for a "real" one. While it is great value for the money, and well supported, and I admit I'm having fun playing with it, most people do not have the time or the patience to take on this new little hobby!
So, is it because the market is still too small to make it worthwhile? Is there no money to be made for the biggies so they don't produce anything for this market? Are subscription revenues essential for a profitable business case in this field?
Or is there some big conspiracy by dark forces intent on preserving the current system of unquestioning cable subscribers loyally paying $100 or more per month for their cable.
What's going on here? I'm curious. Can anyone explain this? The way the business world is supposed to work is that if there is a demand for a product or service someone will rush in to fill it, and profit from it. The biggest, smartest companies anticipate future trends and react accordingly. We've known that OTA was coming for several years now but no-one has invested to meet this need. Fill me in someone pleeasse.
Edited by laridae - 12/9/13 at 6:12am