Yes! there are 17 replies with only 1 option presented. What happened to competitors with similar technology. What about single tv set solutions. What about TV Tuner cards for the extra computer you may have laying around.
WARNING I am the "village idiot" when it comes to this subject but I will share what I have gathered so far...
This excerpt is taken from the perspective of OTA solutions and NOT cable box replacement solutions.
Also, at this time I will only be attempting to navigate you through the minefield of what you should be looking for and not necessarily offer options /solutions.
Though it's a great technology there is at least one other option with a price point at a third of the cost and doesn't strip away your on screen tv guide unless you pay them a subscription fee. SiliconDust HDHomeRun available on amazon and elsewhere for under $100.
For between $30 and $75, there are multiple non-networked solutions (single tv solutions). There seem to be a few tricks here which I am still working out.
1st and probably Most Critical... These tuners all seemed to be marketed as "ATSC TV BOX Convertor Tuner Receiver" (ATSC for North America and some other places) Though they all have the same description... some are ONLY converter boxes. They convert the digital signal to analog for older TV's. Other's work on their own as a tuner and ALSO work as a converter. Often the resellers don't know themselves. BEWARE!
From here on in I will be referring to only "ATSC TV BOX Convertor Tuner Receiver" which work on their own as Tuner Receivers. (can be used on a TV, Projector, Monitor which don't already have a tuner built in)
2nd From the video perspective. Some of these Tuner Receivers only offer you 1080i at best... There are ones which offer 1080p (I will have to update this to offer options I have found) Many offered have not been updated since 2008.
(BTW - As far as I know... there is no such thing as OTA 4k so forget about that for now)
3rd From the Audio perspective. (for those looking for a home theater experience when the signal is provided by the broadcast) Many of these Tuner Receivers only have 2 channel audio out. Some have optical/ coax out but only convert/ recognize Dolby 2.1 or PCM (apparently an abandon audio technology) There are some who support Dolby 5.1, Dolby +.
4th Some Tuner Receivers offer PVR and or DVR options from a hard drive / USB drive (not included). Which appears to be the better investment since the ones which have a built in DVR option are a heck of a lot more expensive than the price of a hard drive. (After all... we bought TV's without a tuner - now that's budget conscious )
Also be aware of those (one I found so far) Channel Master CM-7003 who provides a USB port yet seems to use proprietary tech to access it making their external DVR the only way to get DVR. (I'm sure someone brighter than I can hack it)
In a nutshell.... 3 things I have been looking for in my external tuner for OTA to be used on a 4K UHD tv which came without a tuner for OTA.
1. Will it work on a tunerless tv?
2. can I receive the maximum broadcasted video resolution through this tuner? 1080p I believe?
3. can I receive the maximum broadcasted audio experience? Dolby Digital + ?
4 PVR /DVR OPTION included.
So far I have not found or should I say, I am still waiting on responses from many dealers as to these different issues as none of them has made that clear. So far the only one (I have found) who's box represents touching on each of these is the RCA DTA800. Upon further research, it seems it has not been updated since 2008 and therefore requires more research to confirm it meets my above criteria.
Please correct anything I have not addressed properly. As I said at the beginning I'm the village idiot in this instance. I felt someone had to get the ball rolling after 17 responses to this topic and none of these issues were addressed.