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.
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Amazon Price: $34.99 $27.48 You save: $7.51 (21%). (as of August 8, 2017 4:46 am –
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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+++++
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[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.
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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.
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For the price, it’s a solid deal. I’ve been using it to watch and record for about six weeks. Others have complained about the interface and while I agree that it leaves something to be desired (you need a password to add/delete channels? Really?!?), I don’t find it that hard to navigate. It also have some decent features, so it seems be to be a fair balance. I do have a lot of experience dealing with different devices, so that may help me deal with deficiencies. I will say that some of the control elements I find to be counter-intuitive, but the (thin) manual has told me what I need to know.
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In short, I am more pleased than dis-pleased, have done a LOT of tests over the last eight weeks, and have already purchased 4 more of these units to replace my old set of 4 VCRs and their attached DTV converter boxes. The price/quality value here is outstanding, even with the issues I list below. For storage, I am using 128GB USB3 memory sticks (about $30 each).