Saturday, June 9, 2012

OTA Antenna and DVR

Few months ago I cut the cable and setup antenna and DVR for OTA channels. Here is the information about antenna and DVR.

First, you need to find out what kind of antenna you need using and what side of your house covers all broadcasting station, ignore if you are planning to mount it on the roof.

I found following information from Winegard Technical Advisor

  • Install antenna in attic, you might loose signal and it might not work if you are far away from broadcasting station. Also you might have to run some extra cables.
  • Snow does not effect antenna or signals however weather may cause some disruption.
  • Omni directional antenna like Winegard MS-2002 is the best way to go if you don't want to install all the complex antenna hardware. Winegard web site has nice antenna categories at top including broadcasting distance.

This is the antenna I choose
You can build your own DVR by using Nettop PC and Microsoft Windows Media Center or some other OTA DVR boxes.
Here is what I tried but didnot work. PC gets too hot in media cabinet and it is not easy for your wife to use. Your spouse can not fix it if something goes wrong and you are at work (Believe me).

I like Dvico Tvix DVR because it is small and does it's job. It has few bugs but it is the cheapest and best solution I found for OTA DVR. It plays so many different file formats including ISO images.

Let me know if you find any other OTA DVR which is better than TVIX.

Channel Master is good, you can also buy them at Walmart. Channel Master CM-7000PAL does not have any port for additional storage so you maximum you can record 30 hours of HD and 140 hours of SD content.

Channel Master announced CM-74000 HD few months ago and few people left the bad reviews about it so I did not pay much attention to it and also it was about $500, they recently dropped the price.

Update: Here is another OTA DVR called It looks good but the only problem is one tuner. Hopefully they will launch new model with multiple tuner soon.

Perfect Solution would be

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