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icemonkeyharvest
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by icemonkeyharvest on March 10th, 2014

With Google Fiber coming to town, I'm looking forward to kicking TW/CC to the curb. I ditched cable TV a couple of years back when the TW Mueller deal ended and have relied on Hulu and Netflix via Xbox360, and OTA (Over The Air) TV with a pair of old school rabbit ears. Now, I'm looking to add a DVR type ability to my current setup and I'm curious about how others have managed to wrangle their content. Roku, Apple TV, Simple.TV, HTPC, NAS, Plex, XBMC?
 
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by henningspruth on March 10th, 2014

I'm quite happy with the combination of a Tivo (with lifetime service), OTA TV and Netflix.

Henning
 
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by dreuxl on March 11th, 2014

I'm also using Tivo but I've had my Tivo since 2008, prior to cordcutting. I suggest you look at http://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/ as a resource. They also have a good wiki/starter guide http://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/wiki/index.
 
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by David Neider on March 11th, 2014

Windows media center works surprisingly well as a DVR for OTA. It provides a TIVO style schedule, but they don't charge for the schedule updates.
 
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by David Neider on March 11th, 2014

Windows media center works surprisingly well as a DVR for OTA. It provides a TIVO style schedule, but they don't charge for the schedule updates.
 
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by commuter on March 11th, 2014

http://www.channelmaster.com/Products_s/329.htm is the current iteration of the OTA DVR we have had for a few years now. Not as fancy and featured as Tivo, but easier than maintaining a Win PC.

The one thing about this DVR is that there is no monthly fee. If you don't mind the fees, there's Tivo, http://www.aereo.com, and some other newcomers to OTA DVR space.

Other than that, it's a mix of sharing personal collections with family/friends, library, and Netflix.

If anyone would like to see our DVR, PM us.
 
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Lorrie
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by Lorrie on March 11th, 2014

I also use TiVo with lifetime service.
 
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icemonkeyharvest
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by icemonkeyharvest on March 13th, 2014

This seems to be a growing trends especially with the increasing bandwidth becomeing available.

All of this started when the new season of Downton Abby premiered. We don't have cable, so I plugged in my old antenna to our TV that hangs on the wall. The speakers are located on the back side, so the muffled sound compounded with the mumbled accents of our neighbors across the pond made the show difficult to follow. I guess HDMI isn't bi-directional to get the audio signal to my Receiver.

Plus, our first world problem of being unable to pause or record the show so we can enjoy it at our convenience, led me to find a solution.

My little Synology DS212 NAS (Network Attached Storage) server supposedly has the ability to accomplish this via some software, DVB Link and Plex. David Neider loaned me his HD Homerun TV tuner, which I need to return to him, but it turns out NAS isn't powerful enough. Also, I wasn't able to get Plex to work and using DLNA through my Bluray player to watch TV is really clunky nor does it pause or record to the server.

Synology now makes a DS 214play that should do the trick at the cost of $375 w/o hard drives
http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS214play

With a device like that, I could rip and store all of my movies, TV shows, Photos and music and stream them to any computer or hand held device. I'd need some kind of middleman to get it onto my TV, like my clunky DVD interface, or a slick front end program like Plex, a Roku, or even a PC w/ Windows media Center.

The HD Homerun works great on my PC with Windows Media Center. I can use my Xbox 360 to get it on my TV. It records and pauses TV. I can even use special software that will cut out the commercials! The problem is that I have to leave my giant tower on 24/7. It's loud and power hungry.

Another option is to build an HTPC (Home Theater PC). This is an expensive venture, but could be a lot of fun. I found a website that is resourceful.
http://mymediaexperience.com/

It may be easiest to just get a Roku and a TV tuner like Simple.TV.
 
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Kevin McGillicuddy
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by Kevin McGillicuddy on March 15th, 2014

^^^^^
Could you please translate this onto English?
 
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by dhs on May 13th, 2014

For people doing OTA TV, what antenna are you using? And what kind of reception do you get for PBS (see below)?

I have a decent multi-element UHF antenna pointed out my front pseudo-dormer second story window directly at the TV antenna farm in Westlake Hills, and still get poor reception of PBS and the CW channel (KNVA). Since I get occasional drop outs on channels with high signal strength, I'm wondering if it's my TV tuner.
Thanks,
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