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.
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 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 Roamio
- Tablo 2-Tuner DVR
Viewtv AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player w/ Recording PVR Function / HDMI Out / Coaxial Out / Composite Out / USB Input
For those looking for a low-cost unit than the Viewtv AT-163 is worth a look.
The Viewtv AT-163 is a basic box 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 video.
Mediasonic HOMEWORX HW130STB HDTV Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Player Function
The Mediasonic HOMEWORX is another popular low-cost option for recording OTA television.
Like the Viewtv it has no built-in storage and records to external storage bought separately such as a Flash Drive.
It also has a built in TV tuner and is popular unit for anyone needing a good TV tuner to pick pick up OTA broadcast.
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 most any TV.
The The Mediasonic HOMEWORX is a good budget unit that works very good.
TiVo Roamio OTA 1 TB DVR – With No Monthly Service Fees – Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player
The TiVo Roamio 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 programing.
It connects to your TV via HDMI and your network with built-in WiFi or Ethernet.
The TiVo Roamio has it all, but also has a high price tag that will put it out of range for many.
If you want the best unit around the TiVo Roamio is likely the one for you. Unfortunately the high cost will no doubt be to much for most.
Tablo 2-Tuner DVR for Over-The-Air HDTV with Wi-Fi
The Tablo 2-Tuner DVR is one of the more popular over-the-air TV DVRs
The Tablo wirelessly streams content to all you devices such as a tablet, smartphone, or media boxes such as the Firestick, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and so on.
The 2-tuner unit means it can record and watch two separate programs at the same time.
There is also a Tablo 4-Tuner for those who want to record more than two shows at the same time.
There is not a lot to the box with two USB ports, Ethernet, and antenna. It also has built-in WiFi.
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.
- Inside the menu options setup the TV show to record.
Recording over-the-air free TV can be done easily with the right DVR.
There are many options that will fit most anyone 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 there 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.