Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out (Black)
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- Converts Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV, Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function
- Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / YPbPr output / 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, USB Multimedia Player
- Energy Star Compliant:null
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Top Customer Reviews
1 - Faire passer le signal TV numérique en hdmi par mon ampli cinéma maison.
2 - Avoir un un PVR (enregistreur TV HD)
Bref, le 'cable box" (décodeur TV) fonctionne très bien en hdmi dans mon système cinéma maison, mais l'enregistreur vidéo est très décevant. Le mode d'enregistrement s'arrête en plein milieu d'un enregistrement ou fait carrément planter le disque dur. J'ai essayé différents types de supports (disque dur ou clés USB récentes), mais je n'ai rien trouvé de pleinement fonctionnel. Même après avoir communiqué avec le fabricant et avoir reçu et installé un patch, ça fonctionne toujours aussi mal.
De plus, la télécommande incluse est de fabrication plutôt décevante.
Yes, the tuner isn't as sensitive as some of my TVs - just make sure you have a good signal and you're fine. I was shocked to see the amount of program data that's in the OTA feed. It's only 8 hours or so (it varies from channel to channel) but this little unit shows the current program (and next) when surfing channels - why can't Rogers do that, or even TV manufacturers incorporate it with their built-in ATSC tuners? You don't get an overview of what's on all channels at once but you do see what's on individual channels for the next 8 hours. Recording to your own harddrive (in unencrypted .mts standard files!) is very intuitive and easy and the quality is outstanding. Did I mention they're unencrypted? :-)
This was the last piece in my experiment to "cut the cord" in our new house in SE Oakville. I get 33 channels - all the major US and Canadian networks & independents, plus a few others in uncompressed 1080i Digital Dolby. Along with my Roku box and Harmony One remote, I now have a very family-friendly (and wife friendly!) setup that makes everyone happy and costs $13 a month - $7.99 for Netflix plus $4.99 for Unblock US Proxy for Netflix - don't even order Netflix in Canada without a U.S. proxy! No more Cogeco, Rogers, Bell, or Shaw bills.
I wish the naming convention of the recorded programs could include the program name (currently it only provides the station name plus date & time) but hopefully that will be resolved in a future firmware upgrade.Read more ›
UPDATE - review changed to 3 stars from two. After downloading and installing the v10 update, the HDMI output sparked up again and the unit works fine. I'm holding to three stars because the OS is still clunky, and there are still issues with the episode guide. Picture and such are good though. It's a nice, cheaper unit.
Excellent price for what it is.
Very good ATSC tuner.
When hooked up with HDMI, the quality is stunning.
Lousy PVR. I bought this primarily to use as a PVR when I cancelled my cable subscription. It is not a great PVR, primarily because you can't set the time manually. It relies on TV stations' time which are often off - from a few minutes to YEARS. This wouldn't be an issue if you could set the timer to record odd times, but you can't. If, for example, you try to set something to record from 12:33-1:33, it simply won't accept it, and defaults to 12:30-1:30. When I emailed Mediasonic to ask why I couldn't do this, their response was "On digital TV, TV stations are responsible to maintain the time they broadcast. The design philosophy of Homeworx is based on the time broadcasted by TV stations. Please contact TV stations to correct it." Seriously?? So, I'm supposed to contact the TV stations and demand they fix their clocks because it's messing with my PVR? Ridiculous. Their response hints it may be different if you're hooking this up to an analogue TV, but I haven't tried it. I now generally double-check to see it's recording the program I wanted. If it isn't, I start recording manually, which is very annoying and not what I want in a PVR.
Oh, that remote! Probably the worst design I've ever seen.
It doesn't name the programs you've recorded. You can rename them manually, but this can get incredibly tedious if you've recorded a lot.
This is a very good, well-priced converter with a very basic, ill-designed PVR.
Most recent customer reviews
Does not display Asian characters and does not play rmvb format files, a bit pricey but good product otherwisePublished 19 days ago by happy
It didn't do what I wanted it to do but that could be because I thought it was something else I thought PVR stood for Programmable Video Recorder oh well I guess it wasn't.Published 21 days ago by Bonnie Cardinal
Only gave this 1 star because I couldn't give it none. This is not worth 2 cents. Had trouble with this unit from day 1 and had it replaced by the installer that I bought it and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. W. Martin
Why I Bought It
Even though my TV has a built-in digital tuner, I got one of these for the PVR capability
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* Reasonably priced
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