Originally Posted by Mister Salty
I'm thinking of dumping Directv and just relying on OTA for my entertainment needs. However I don't want to sacrifice the dvr. I've become much too attached to it. So, I'm interested in finding out what my dvr options are for OTA without subscription fees. I'm considering the Dish DTVPal DVR. Does anyone have an opinion on this box or another alternative?
As some others have said, I'm using MythTV. That is an application suite than runs on Linux. However, I'm using MythDora, which is Linux (Fedora) and MythTV plus other niceties, all bundled into one install. I've been running it since 2007, when it was Std Def, and I had two tuners. Than ran on an old 600 mhz pc with maybe 512 mb ram. And another PC (actually 2 others) were used for playback over the network.
That PC's hard drive died, and was too slow for HDTV, so I started over with a PC given to me, minus hard drive. I put a new HD in it, probably 250 GB, and bought two Homerun tuners (HD), each dual. That means I can record 4 channels at the same time. The freebie pc is just barely fast enough for all that recording going on. :-) I may find another freebie PC that is faster.
Software cost? Free. Hardware? $50 for the hard drive, about $280 for the two dual tuners. PC was free. Versatility? Amazing. You can playback on another MythTV (MythDora etc) machine, OR Windows. You can schedule, delete, etc from MythTV or the Web based interface, and download the show to any machine (as opposed to streaming) and play it or copy it.