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Why are there so few DVRs with ATSC tuners?

by jeffthemartin / January 28, 2009 12:36 AM PST

With the demise of analog broadcasts, and the (generally) higher quality of digital broadcasts, why aren't electronics manufacturers making more DVRs with ATSC tuners?

There are plenty of QAM DVRs for people with cable, but am I the only person who wants to record FREE over-the-air broadcasts?

I know about TiVo, but it still costs over $100/year.

Where is the digital equivalent of a basic VCR????

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It's all about making money.
by ahtoi / January 28, 2009 2:06 AM PST

I guess they don't think there is a big enough market, otherwise there would be many more. However, as you noticed, there are a few and all you need is one good one (Panasonic, JVC, etc).

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PC option
by MrGadgetman / January 28, 2009 2:07 AM PST

You could get a HDTV tuner card for your PC and record as much as your drive will allow. Then you can watch on your PC or send the video/audio to your TV.

I did some quick looking and I don't see anything other than Tivo.

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Similar problem with DVD Burner / VCR combos
by leohifi / January 28, 2009 5:20 AM PST
In reply to: PC option

There is a similar problem with DVD Burner / VCR combos. I needed to replace a failed LG combo that I bought only 14 months ago. I was pleased to see many choices in the $100 range, but when reading the specs they lacked a tuner! Not everyone has a set top box with digital output. I eventually found a few choices at $200 and up. I don't think even a dual analog/digital tuner adds $100 to the cost of manufacture.


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