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Digital Video Recorders for Over-The-Air (Antenna) ViewersGuide Started By b.n. on October 2014 Last Updated on October 2014 | 2 Contributions | Comments
This guide covers boxes that can pause or record TV broadcasts from an antenna. These devices, called Digital Video Records or DVR's are of interest to households that have cut their cable TV cord or never had one. Basically, these are modern versions of a VCR (Video Cassete Recorder).
This breed of device nearly died out, shortly after the switch to digital TV. But now several good units are available.
Cost: There are two revenue models here: you either pay up front for the entire device, usually a few hundre dollars. Or, pay a small up front price and a monthly fee.
Program Guide: Units that are not connected to the Internet are limited to PSIP, the program guide sent over the air. In some markets the PSIP data is good, elsewhere not so much. The DVR+ uses an enhanced guide when connected to the Internet. The Tivo must be connected to the Internet, and uses it's own high quality guide.
Name Based/Timer Recording: The Tivo records shows by "name", meaning if a show changes time, the Tivo will change recording time to match. Other units are "Time based", just like an older VCR.