BARCELONA, Spain -- At MWC 2014, VBox launched its V@Home TV Gateway DVR (yes, that's its name), which can stream broadcast TV to any connected device in a user's home, including tablets and laptops. The over-the-air DVR is available in Europe for about $205 (€149), and will roll out in the US in the second half of 2014.
The V@Home enables users to connect their home network and Wi-Fi router with live TV through satellite, cable, or terrestrial signal. They can then watch TV through any connected device at home, such as tablets, smartphones, computers, and gaming consoles.
Other features include a CI encryption card reader for accessing subscription-based TV content, and 500GB of storage space inside, so users can record their programs as well.
In addition, users can download VBox's accompanying Android or iOS app to control V@Home, navigate through channels, and check TV listings, via their mobile devices. This simplified user interface can also be accessed by a desktop browser like Chrome.
Though VBox's V@Home sounds useful for those wanting to watch TV whenever, and wherever in the house (especially since it lets you access a CI encryption card, too), it faces some stiff competition. Though it costs a steep $600, the TiVo Roamio Pro, for example, has built-in Wi-Fi, a cleaner interface, and tons more storage space. There's also the Nuvyyo Tablo and Channel Master over-the-air DVRs, which cost about the same as the V@Home at around $220 to $250.
For those in the market for a DVR, let us know if the V@Home TV Gateway unit from VBox is something you'd be interested in via the reader comments below, and be sure to check out more of CNET's MWC 2014 coverage.