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DVR from Broadcast?

by fmiller13 / May 14, 2008 12:26 PM PDT

I don't pay for cable tv because most of the programs are reruns or not worth watching. I have tv's in my bedroom, kitchen and livingroom that are relatively new but analog tuned. I also have DVD recorders that seemingly will become bricks when the analog signal dies. Are there DVD recorders or DVR's with digital tuners being made for receiving broadcast signals?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2008 10:11 PM PDT
In reply to: DVR from Broadcast?

Why would the brick happen? Wouldn't you just add the new DTV conversion box?

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DVD Recorder
by fmiller13 / May 15, 2008 8:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Odd.

Because the analog tuner for the tv and thus the DVD recorder is now obsolete, the ability to schedule more than one channel to be recorded while unattended is eliminated. The only channel the recorder will receive is the one that is selected on the converter box.

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Just replaced my DVR.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2008 11:57 AM PDT
In reply to: DVD Recorder

No brick issue here. Sorry but something's amiss here. Nothing has changed and won't for many months. Are you creating a problem that does not exist?

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Not Sure
by fmiller13 / May 16, 2008 12:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Just replaced my DVR.

I haven't figured out if I have a problem or not but if the tuner on most tv sets over a couple years old are analog, I'm guessing that the DVD recorder tuners are also analog from that same time period because I've yet to see any of them advertize that they'll decode digital broadcast signals as those coming in feb 2009.

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After the change you can
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2008 11:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Not Sure

Add an external decoder. You may be unaware of IR BLASTER programs or devices to change the channel, etc. The reason you see nothing is its not time yet. Only the dumbest of manufacturers would make new OTA devices and put them on in the supply chain. They would suffer greatly with no sales.

I see your concern but there is no issue and won't be for some time.

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It is a problem now
by f7_hats_f7 / July 22, 2008 11:39 AM PDT

The antenna in my attic feeds the HD converter with broadcast digital signals. The HD converter feeds the analog TV and VCR - both must stay on channel 3. The VCR can record, but only what the HD converter sends to it (whatever channel the HD converter is on) and the VCR can't change the channel on the HD converter. I have looked for a DVR that doesn't require a subscription - they don't seem to exist. I don't know what you mean by "It's not time yet". I am getting digital converted to analog now and recording is limited. Anybody that has one of these HD converters has this problem now. I don't want to build my own or use a PC or any other rig. I just want to unplug my VCR and plug in a DVR. I don't really care if it has DVD or not, just an internal hard disk for temporary storage.

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Digital tuned DVR/DVD recorders are made.
by fmiller13 / July 22, 2008 11:57 AM PDT
In reply to: It is a problem now

I did find a few DVR's with both hard drives and DVD burners that have digital tuners. I didn't find an outlet in the US at the time but the Pioneer DVR 640H-DVD recorder has tuning for both analog and digital signals and I saw pricing around $300.00 but didn't find anyone who had it available. I'll bet they'll come out with more once the switch takes place. I'm considering putting my DVD recorders up on Ebay.

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by f7_hats_f7 / July 22, 2008 12:41 PM PDT

Thanks, I was looking at for something like that just now. I guess if it doesn't have a converter builtin, it will have to be put in between the antenna and the converter. I don't know why they are waiting for the switch. If they are selling the converters, they should know the DVRs would sell, too.

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by gabereyes / May 15, 2008 3:31 PM PDT
In reply to: DVR from Broadcast?

Tivo makes an HDTV DVR.

LG, Panasonic, philips, and sony all make a DVD recorder with a DTV tuner built in.

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by fmiller13 / May 16, 2008 9:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes

I don't want to pay a monthly fee.

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