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The Mediasonic Homeworx OTA DVR box is quite possibly the best thing to happen to cord cutters since… well… cord cutting. It’s a DVR that lets you schedule recordings or record live TV on the fly, but it’s designed to work with free over the air (OTA) TV instead of with pay TV from a cable company or a satellite TV provider. It supports resolutions up to 1080p full HD, and it’s compatible with any OTA TV antenna you might have.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • Receive Over-The-Air Digital Broadcast to your Analog and Digital TV, Projector, and Computer Monitor. Antenna Out Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function,USB Multimedia Player Function.
  • Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Out / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption,Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Recording, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Timing Start Up & Shut Down.
  • Recording require user to connect a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 2.5″ / 3.5″ External Hard Drive via USB (Up to 2TB). (USB Flash Drive not recommended). Audio / Video format support- Photo- JPEG, BMP, PNG, Music- mp3, aac, mp4. Video- avi, mpg, dat, vob, mkv, mjpeg (may not work with some video & audio codec format)
  • This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does NOT Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encrypted cable signal

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It’s important to note that the Mediasonic Homeworx OTA DVR doesn’t have any internal storage, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering how inexpensive it is. You can use any external hard drive or USB flash drive with the box, and we have two recommendations below if you don’t already have something handy.

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