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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
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 22.1 cm ; 590 g
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
  • Item model number: HW-150PVR
  • ASIN: B00I2ZBD1U
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 28 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,716 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

HOMEWORX 150PVR ATSC SETOP BOX

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Verified Purchase
J'ai acheté cet appareil pour 2 raisons :
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.
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This unit was just what I needed for the family room TV. I needed an ATSC tuner with component video output to hook up to my existing components (and OTA cable) as I don't have an antenna feed to my TV over the fireplace. Just make sure you upgrade to the latest firmware, it resolves a bunch of issues.

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.
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The tuner on my Olevia 32" TV stopped working so I purchased this product to continue receiving local FTA HD broadcasts. I set it to a 720p resolution and my current TV programs look better than ever. I currently receive 2.1, 8.1, 10.1, 17.1, 26.1, 32.1 and 42.1. My rooftop antenna is oriented towards Seymour Mountain which is about 10 miles away. I did receive for a brief time broadcasts from Bellingham, WA which is approximately 60 miles away. For the price it is excellent, however there is only one tuner so you cannot watch and record on two different channels simultaneously..
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Great price, HDMI output makes for a much clearer picture - PVR functions work great! A great unit for a low price HDMI output and PVR, the pause function makes the sound lag a bit behind for me, but overall I would recommend this product to someone looking for a DTV converter.
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The unit worked pretty well as intended, but the HDMI failed after about 4 months. I'm waiting for the V10 update - if things work afterward, I will update this review. As of now, buyer beware.

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.
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PROS:
Excellent price for what it is.
Very good ATSC tuner.
When hooked up with HDMI, the quality is stunning.

CONS:
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.

BOTTOM LINE:
This is a very good, well-priced converter with a very basic, ill-designed PVR.
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