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I dropped my DISH satellite service recently due to higher prices in a tough economy and also realized I wasn't watching that many cable channels. After noticing that most TV stations are sending multiple digital channels over the air, I had close to 40 channels in my area. After connecting the DVR, it automatically located all the channels. It even adds channels automatically when stations add more digital channels. I use two simple antennas with a TV amp in the attic, pointed at right angles to each other for best signal reception of all stations.
The farthest stations are about 65 miles away, but they're on a mountain top, and have a great signal. There is a signal strength meter on each channel. Nice feature about digital TV is signal looks great great until almost gone. However bad weather does affect the higher frequency TV channels, much like satellite TV. I notice brief signal lapses when bad weather or heavy storm clouds come through my area. As others have said, this product is really a duplicate version of the DISH satellite DVR without the satellite tuner, since it's made by the same vendor.
The internal TV Guide only updates itself about 24 hours in advance on a daily basis by each station, which is a negative compared to satellite TV, but users can look at their weeky newspaper TV and program the DVR for the special TV programs one or two weeks in advance if needed or leaving town.
But overall the TV Guide still works nicely for recording weekly programs. You only set it once for recording weekly programs. There are many extra features that you may not use, but I still use my large screen standard def TV. The remote control is also a duplicate of their DISH satellite product. Still very intuitive for new users with many features as well. There is some extra programming that needs to be done on the DVR compared to their satellite product for your favorite weekly TV programs, but once set, it works great!
The instruction manual was easy to use and had some great tips for best signal and recording. I've had the DVR for one month. I can still watch most of my favorite cable channel programs on the Internet. I believe more programs will be viewed using the Internet. Since the different networks and cable channels are broadcasting their week old programs on the Internet, new products are evolving for those services. You'll just need a faster Internet service to handle all these different TV services.
One person found this helpful. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on July 19, Perfect for use in winter Home in AZ. I can record what I don't have time to watch at time of show.. Sort by. Top rated Most recent Top rated. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers. All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars. Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.
Showing of 15 reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. I bought an HDTV about one year ago. I only watch broadcast TV; I live in a rural area that has poor cable service and I didn't want to pay for satellite since I don't watch that much.
At the same time, I'm not home when a lot of the shows I like are on the air, so I need a recorder. I thought I could get by with a converter box hooked up to my old VCR, but that only works when you're there to control it.
Since the VCR is no longer tuning the channels, you have to be there to change channels on the converter box. Not a great solution, although it has limited use. For a long time the only option available was TiVo. But I already know what I want to record; I already know when the shows are on.
Why should I pay TiVo a monthly fee to tell me what I already know? Overall I'm very satisfied with it. And more. Here are my "Pros": - The advertisments state it has 20 hours of HD storage, but actually it has 35 hours HD storage, not the as-advertised I see no difference between the broadcast show and the recorded show. If you want to record a show one-time, you can just select it when you're in the programming guide, and press the record button.
If you want to set it up to do a repeat recording daily, weekly, etc. This DVR gets its program information from the on-air broadcasts just like the TV, but the presentation and ease of browsing is much better. Even watching live TV. My TiVo friends were all extolling the virtues of TiVo because it offers these features. Well, this DVR does it all for no monthly fee, and they are great. It's not perfect. Here's my list of "Cons" so far: - If you buy one, it will be delivered with an obsolete operating system.
The very first thing you should do after the initial set-up is complete is go out to the web page and download the latest version of the DVR's operating system. Mine had several annoying issues that were resolved by updating the software, but when you do that you loose all the channel and programming information though not any recorded shows and it all has to be reconfigured.
Update the software right after you plug it in. I will give 'em this - it is very easy to update. Most everything else displays as "unavailable". You don't want to do this at a time when you would be watching or recording, because it interrupts everything, so I set it to 2 am. BUT, it also attempts to find new "services" channels. It's annoying. The software should give me the option of disabling that, but as far as I can tell, I can't. The next day it was back to being correct, and it DID NOT mess up the scheduled recordings, but still that indicates an instability in the operating system.
This really is great, I love it. That's not the annoying part. You can also set a system default to start all recordings a few minutes early and end a few minutes late you can select the number of minutes. This is also a great feature. The broadcaster's clocks don't always coincide with mine. However, when recording two back-to-back programs on the same channel, it temporarily uses both tuners for the minutes of overlap most users set. It is recording the same show on both tuners.
If you have another show on a different channel set to start recording at the same time as the second show on the first channel, one of them will not record because there are only two tuners. And it doesn't just not record the first few minutes because of the overlap. Once it detects that there are effectively three shows set to record at the same time, it cancels one of them and never starts it back up.
The fix for this is to set a "timer" to record the two back-to-back shows as a single event instead of two events. Now that I have figured this out, I can live with it, but the software should be sophisticated enough to do this for me. This happens once per night.
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The ability to pause a live TV broadcast, pick up later exactly where you left off and seamlessly transition between recorded and live programming has completely transformed the way we watch TV, not to mention given us an excuse to finally trash all those decaying VHS tapes. Hold on a minute. Let's face it -- until now, DVR technology has been a privilege reserved for the relatively well-heeled -- and well-cabled. This truly democratic piece of equipment finally allows viewers equipped with little more than a TV and a decent antenna to reap the benefits of DVR technology -- without subscription charges or monthly fees.