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Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out (Black)
|List Price:||CDN$ 69.99|
|You Save:||CDN$ 19.53 (28%)|
- 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
Even though my TV has a built-in digital tuner, I got one of these for the PVR capability
What I Like
* Reasonably priced
* Lets you attach your own hard drive
* Picture quality is good
What I Don't Like
* User interface leaves a lot to be desired, especially for the PVR and PVR playback
* You do have to provide your own hard drive, this may be a turn off for some people
* Update (5/30/2016) - questionable durability - mine bricked itself recently, after just over a year of ownership.
I would have given the unit 4 stars (Update 5/30/2016: original review was 3 stars), but I think the user interface will annoy a lot of impatient people.
Update - May 30, 2016
I have dropped the score from 3 to 2 stars. Mine turned into a brick after a little over a year (I got it in Jan 2015). When it worked it was a good product. I don't know why it bricked, it could have been a power surge or something at my house (it is is plugged into a surge protector though), but in any case I don't think it's a one star product given how inexpensive it was, I would say 1.5 stars, so I rounded up to two.
Tres bonne qualité pour l image
Il est convivial !!
Mais deux choses la télécommande semble un peu fragile et les boutons sont un peu capricieux !!
Et je réussis toujours pas a enregistrer ! je sais pas c est quoi le problème ?
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.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
I had this for one year. I combined it with a powered Mediasonic USB3 enclosure. It works very well. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Touchscreen Browser
Product worked great in our RV but died weeks later the first time we hit the road. It was unpleasant to be on a 3 week trip with no tv or movies.Published 19 days ago by ideasinwood
OK for the cost.
Hope it can provide better control for recording and some kind of TV guide to facilitate programming. Read more
The price is attractive and it actually works reasonably well for recording TV shows. BUT, the remote control (which you're obviously stuck with if you want to use this thing) is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by WH in Victoria
I have been using this faithfully week after week to record off-air TV shows. I plugged a Seagate Passport external HDD (one that does not need external power) into it and I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It works very well. I had no problem with the set up. I live in the Niagara area and receive 18 channels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harald Sowade