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.

139 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 ͡° !

545 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

298 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.

Excellent value for the price for an OTA HD tuner with DVR functionality — highly recommended

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 23, 2016
By Navy vet
Solid 4 star rating —

Great DVR for us who have cut the cord

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 31, 2017
By D Samples
Great DVR for us who have cut the cord. I dumped cable two years ago. Only thing I missed was my DVR. Have a 60 mile ant on it and a 1tb hard drive. Note in reviews for this unit people state that recorded programs do not have name of show you recorded true. But there is a rename file spot on DVR menu to rename the file. Had to do nothing (no upgrades or connecting to a computer) with external hard drive. Mediasonic Homewrx box word just fine with hard drive.

A DVR at rock bottom prices. Great deal.

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2015
By Akito
This is just plain awesome. I bought it for the sole purpose of being a DVR and it works like a charm in recording shows. Of course it’s not as polished as, say, a channel master dvr+, but I’m not spending hundreds of dollars to just record shows…

My gamble paid off….for once!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 13, 2017
By S. Anderson
I, like you probably, debated over buying this tuner because of so many bad reviews. I hooked it up in minutes. The menu setup was pretty intuitive. I scanned for channels and boom, I was watching TV from my outside antenna. I was pleasantly surprised to find more stable channels than the TV that used to reside on this TV stand. This tuner definitely increased the reception power of my external antenna! After a few days I dropped an USB drive in the back of the unit and I can pause and record over the air programming. I have yet to schedule a recording event, but that was not a priority for me. I am surprised how well this thing works for the money I paid for it. Very happy!

Not bad, but some unexpected issues.

 on September 12, 2017
By Henry A. Kim
As far as the device itself goes, it’s very nice, but, if you are like me, you probably bought this as an alternative to a DVR device, there are some quirks here. Apparently, the USB port does not supply enough power and the device will have trouble with many portable HDD’s. They recommend getting a HDD with its own power supply or using a powered hub. Be aware that USB 3.0 devices tend to be a bit more power hungry than older devices (one of the older, USB 2.0 HDD worked fine, but a new USB 3.0 HDD that I just bought didn’t–apparently b/c of power).