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    DVR help

    We recently purchased a new HD tv, but we don't have cable or dish, for a variety of reasons. We are looking for a DVR that records in HD off an OTA antennae, besides Tivo, since Tivo is so expensive.
    Any help would be appreciated



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    Re: DVR help

    You could get a computer that runs Ubuntu and put MythTV on it.

    Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu
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    As long as you have a decent processor, a decent amount of memory and a decent TV tuner card, you can feed the signal directly into the card if you can get it into a cable type connection from the antenna.

    Ubuntu is a version of linux that, in my experience, seems to do a very good job at being a stable operating system. From what I have seen and heard MythTV does a great job at being the DVR you want, including downloading scheduling information. I haven't ever seen Mythbuntu running in person, but it sounds like it just makes the entire computer into a DVR and almost nothing else, only a good option if you have a spare computer that you won't use for anything else.


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    Re: DVR help

    The Homemade PC version is going to be the least expensive. There are some out there that do what you want out of the box:

    Amazon.com: RCA DVR2080 80GB Digital Video Recorder: Electronics

    And here is a sony brand but it is cheaper to buy a whole new PC:

    DHG-HDD250 Digital Video Recorder 250GB - Sony Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) Reviews and Prices at PriceGrabber


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    Re: DVR help

    Looking for one that doesn't run on a computer, prefereably



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    Re: DVR help

    I think you're going to find a hard time finding one that's not PC related. What about a cheap Tivo unit?



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    Re: DVR help

    HTPC or a Tivo are about your only options. Since pretty much every cable/satellite provider offers a basic DVR, HD or otherwise, there isn't much of a market for low end HD DVRs.


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    Re: DVR help

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    HTPC or a Tivo are about your only options. Since pretty much every cable/satellite provider offers a basic DVR, HD or otherwise, there isn't much of a market for low end HD DVRs.
    Unfortunately, you're right.



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