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Best used dvr ATSC reciever for ota HD?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by jkimes, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. jkimes

    jkimes New Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Hi everyone. I just found this website and registered 15 minutes ago, plus I'm exhausted from work so bear with me if I ask too many stupid newbie questions.

    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.

  2. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    Short answer: Only if you have a spare computer to donate to your project.

    Long answer:
    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.

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