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Best used dvr ATSC reciever for ota HD?
Posted 30 August 2007 - 12:09 AM
I purchased an Eiki 2500 lumen LCD projector that outputs 1080i for incredibly cheap and I want to be able to watch and record NFL games from my local HD channels in High Def on it. CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC are all broadcast in my area ota in HD and the tower is close to my apartment. I want to purchase a relatively cheap ATSC tuner with a built in DVR that will pick up my local over the air hd channels and record them if so desired. I found several hd dvr boxes on ebay but I want to be sure they don't require activation and will work for my application before I buy one. Im hoping to only have to spend between $50-$150 on a reciever. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:26 AM
Short answer: Only if you have a spare computer to donate to your project.
I want to purchase a relatively cheap ATSC tuner with a built in DVR ... hoping to only have to spend between $50-$150
DVR = hard drive + tuner/receiver + software + power supply + inputs/outputs and other sundry hardware.
Cable systems and satellite providers offer subsidized DVRs as a hook to get you to subscribe. OTA broadcasters don't do that.
But if you've already got a decent computer, not cutting-edge but not too old, you can buy an ATSC tuner for it, and that'll probably come with some kind of DVR software. If your LCD projector can handle the computer's video output, that might be all you need; otherwise, you'll have to add an appropriate video card to output what the projector wants.
Finally, you could look at standalone TiVo HD models. They'll do what you want, but they cost more than $150 up front, plus they require a subscription to work well.