I appreciate that this topic emphasizing "no internet connection required" was bumped.
If my DVD Recorder can be fixed I won't have to deal with this "can't save it forever" nonsense (yet).
Got a MediaSonic Homeworx HW-150PVR from Amazon (delivered in <24 hours after Christmas-amazing). Don't know how old their stock is, is this a "current" model? I know there are other model numbers, such as the 180 (one would think that would be a more recent model, but Amazon says no longer available).
Its pretty crappy because the user interface sucks. And no instructions.
Also got a "Leelbox Model F6" - ordered it first then saw the Mediasonic & it seemed to describe having more features. Have not plugged the Leelbox in yet.
Its a much smaller size box with a small transformer on the plug end, but even accounting for an internal power supply on the MediaSonic, I wonder why they are so different in footprint. Larger seems better to get more cooling.
The advertising for these devices just sucks eggs; really cannot compare features. So I'm fishing around, the price is cheap & probably can return them.
So is there a "no internet" unit, that accepts being programmed via "record THIS channel, on THAT date, between X and Y" -- which has a decent user interface?
Do they all have much the same user interface -- am I wasting my time looking for an interface which works intuitively for ME ? The Leelbox has a better designed remote - numbers on the bottom, looks like usable one-handed.
And I want a "Skip 30 seconds" feature like on my DVD recorder -- that is how you skip the commercials !!!