Originally Posted by George55
Looking around I really don't see any other OTA DVR's being sold. The TiVo units would be great if you could just manually program in Time and Channel
You can set up manual recordings with a Tivo, but you need to have Tivo service to do anything with the new Premiere units, and their OTA tuners aren't good if you live where there's lots of dynamic multipath. ( I know from experience
)Picking up a used Series3 Tivo or TivoHD with lifetime service off Ebay is unfortunately the route I'd recommend for OTA Tivo use now. There are community sourced tools to replace and upgrade the hard drive in them as needed and they get excellent reception coupled with the nice features and performance that come with a Tivo.
Other current OTA DVR options I'm aware of are:
1. Channelmaster 7400
. It's $400, can use broadcast PSIP data for guide and recording and also offers a paid guide for those who want more complete/reliable data. Early reviews have been mixed, but mostly unfavorable.
Don't know much about this one (it was just released,) but it looks like it should work with any USB hard drive and I've previously owned an HDTV tuner from epvision and was very happy with it.
3. Build a home theater PC, or add a TV tuner card to any Windows 7 PC. Windows Media Center has built-in DVR capability, but of course that comes with all the downsides of using a full-blown computer to watch and record TV.
I do wish there were more affordable options that would basically function as straight-forward modern VCRs, but unfortunately that just hasn't happened yet, and with the vast majority of people still paying for TV, it probably isn't about to happen any time soon..