Receiving free over-the-air TV (OTA) is a good option for cord-cutters and is a great option for basic TV.
But what if you want to record an OTA TV show?
There are many set-top DRV boxes that can record OTA TV signals saving all your favorite shows to watch later.
An over-the-air DVR is used the same way a cable DVR box is used most with no monthly service fee.
Once a DVR is set up using it to record OTA programs is easy to do.
Below is out picks for the best DVRs that record OTA Antenna TV channels.
How To Record Over-The-Air TV Shows
- Connect an OTA DVR between the Antenna and TV.
- Scan for OTA channels on the DVR.
- Setup storage such as a Flash Drive to record TV shows on.
- Within the menu options setup the TV show to record.
- The video should now be recorded and saved to watch anytime.
There are many good options many of which come with the ability to record and a built-in TV tuner.
Below is some of our favorite options for OTA DVR boxes.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
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Our Picks for Best Over-The-Air TV Recorder Boxes
- Viewtv AT-163
- Mediasonic HOMEWORX
- TiVo Bolt
- Tablo Tuner DVR
ViewTV ATSC Digital Converter Box for TV, HDMI Cable Recording PVR Function Output USB LED Timer Display AT-163
For those looking for a low-cost unit the Viewtv AT-163 is worth a look.
The Viewtv AT-163 is a basic DVR with no frills but gets the job done. If you go this route, be sure to buy more than one flash drive if you need to record lots of videos.
Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box with Recording / Media Player / TV Tuner Function (HW130STB)
The Mediasonic HOMEWORX is another popular low-cost option for recording OTA television.
There are different versions with the HW150 having more output options than the HW130.
Like the Viewtv it has no built-in storage and records to external storage bought separately such as a Flash Drive.
Many new TVs no longer come with a built-in tuner which the Mediasonic HOMEWORX able to decode the signals.
It has outputs for HDMI, component, or Coaxial cable for it to hook up to almost any TV.
The The Mediasonic HOMEWORX is a good budget unit that works very well.
TiVo Bolt OTA for Antenna 1TB – Lifetime (All-in) Service Included ($249 Value): No TiVo Fees | 150 Hours | Over The Air | Voice Control | (RENEWED)
The TiVo Bolt is a high-end over-the-air DVR and comes fully loaded packed with features with no monthly fee.
A built-in 1Tb hard drive can record 150 hours of programming.
It connects to your TV via HDMI and your network with built-in WiFi or Ethernet.
If you want the best unit around the TiVo Bolt is likely the one for you. Unfortunately, the high cost will no doubt be too much for most.
Tablo Dual LITE [TDNS2B-01-CN] Over-The-Air [OTA] Digital Video Recorder [DVR] for Cord Cutters – with WiFi, Live TV Streaming, & Automatic Commercial Skip, Black
The Tablo Tuner DVR is one of the more popular over-the-air TV DVRs
The Tablo wirelessly streams content to all your devices such as a tablet, smartphone, or media boxes such as the Firestick, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and so on.
Recording over-the-air free TV can be done easily with the right DVR.
There are many options that will fit almost anyone’s budget and setup.
High-end options, while nice, do cost a lot more than a basic low-end unit.
For those on a budget low-end units do work just be aware of their limitations and if any extra equipment is needed, such as an external hard drive or flash drive.
Most low-cost units will not have any internal storage space.
Do you record over the air TV shows? Let us know your thoughts below.