Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB 3 / 4 Channel HDTV Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Player (New Version)

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Media sonic HOMEWORX HW180STB is a digital converter box which converts Over-The-Air ATSC digital broadcast to your analog and digital TV. The built-in Media Player function allows user to play back picture and video files via USB connection. The built-in recording function allows user to record their TV programs and play back. Please Note: 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.

Customer Reviews

Works good as a low budget DVR.

74 people found this helpful.
 on September 20, 2016
By Coz
I cant compare to other options that are out there. But I had been looking for a DVR option for over the air broadcast’s. Most purpose built DVR’s are expensive and/ or have a monthly service fee. If you want to record you do need to add your own USB external memory. I had a usb drive already. My main goal was to be able to pause live TV. This product does that excellently. You can also set to record from the menu. That option works well but is not as easy as a high end unit. But for the price. A+++++

Love the HW150PVR, this one too! GREAT for those w/ special needs ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° !

490 people found this helpful.
 on January 13, 2015
By Trancelucence
[Updated review] I decided to buy another Homeworx unit for the spare bedroom. I’m a big fan of their previous recording model, the HW150PVR, though it has a glitch or two. I’ve been waiting for Mediasonic to bring out another recorder- this 2nd generation HW180STB is it (the 1st generation model doesn’t record). I tried to cover a lot of bases in this review, just pick and choose what may be useful to you.

Very nice digital converter that works best with OTA content

277 people found this helpful.
 on January 29, 2015
By Paul S. Remington
UPDATE 10/19/15: This product has failed and has been thrown in the trash. For the last month, my reception has slowly deteriorated. Thinking it was the indoor HDTV antenna I was using, I decided to purchased and install an outside antenna with a preamp. I wired this to my house cable wiring and it works great! Except for the TV where the Mediasonic HW180STB is installed. That TV receives signals terribly pixelated. I then direct wired the line to the TV, bypassing the Mediasonic, then tuned the Samsung flat screen. All my channels are back! It’s the Mediasonic tuner that’s the problem.

Great price, V12.3+ better, unreliable DVR, klunky UI

68 people found this helpful.
 on January 30, 2016
By Anne
Update 10/21/2016 – NOTE: If you have an Android device with InfraRed output (many have it), get the “Galaxy Universal Remote” app and swipe over to Cable&Satellite, scroll down to HOMEWORX, tap the TryNextModel button and choose ModelsGroup2. This app gives me a lighted remote that’s easier to use in some ways. Because several brands are available that seem to use the same internal hardware and firmware, I’ve ordered the 

Solution for those with recording glitches

9 people found this helpful.
 on December 1, 2015
By Becky
UPDATE (January 28, 2016)

Poor color. Weird hold button. Overheating. HDMI cable.

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 10, 2017
By dhm
I wanted this because I often want to record a PBS history program while some broadcast series like Empire is on. It will work OK for that. It arrived in time to get the entire 6 hour (over 3 nights) of the First World War. I set it up immediately and got it working.

Excelent device except, it has one problem..

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 2, 2017
By Dj-Kokorio
It works it really works!! Its hooked up to a powered antenna, and it recives a ton of free channels. At first,it scans,and then you can pick your favs, i use the fav button, it has a tv guide that shows about 12hrs of ea ch. it records beautifully. Note; it works with usb thumb drives, and usb external hard drives,that use AC power, ” it does not work with usb powered hard drives” now,that said. I gave it only 4 stars because, the guide menu messes up at the end of almost every month. Example, mine now says its FEBRUARY 30th lol! Its annoying because it wont record scedualed programes,when the DATE is wrong. There is NO way to set the DATE manualy. Its supposed to download the current date with the guide info. Everything in guide is fine except this DATE PROBLEM. This is my second one,they both did the same thing. I went to the manufacturers website, no FIRMWARE avalable. There is an option in settings menu to update software through thunb drive, but no update exists that i know of. So if anyone finds out how to remedy this,please let me know. Thank you.

User interface a bit "clunky", manual terse, else great value.

7 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2015
By NJ Tinkerer
[Update: Jan 27]

BUY THIS BOX AND AN ANTENNA AND CANCEL YOUR CABLE SUBSCRIPTION RIGHT NOW

290 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2015
By W. Moore
We cancelled our cable service, got an HD antenna, plus this beauty, plus a Sony sound bar with three HDMI inputs. This combination lets us get HD broadcasts for free from the ten zillion TV channels available in L.A., several of which are in English, and lets us run the signal from the antenna through the Mediasonic and, using its HDMI output, into the sound bar, so we get great sound. This unit is also like a TiVo, because you can record TV shows to a USB thumb drive, and you can even “pause” them while viewing in case you have to, well, you know, take a break. I strongly recommend this.