Using an over-the-air TV antenna to watch free TV shows and movies is great option for cord cutters.
The only real downside is not having a DVR (digital video recorder) that can record, pause, and play live TV from a OTA signal.
There are some good options available that can DVR shows from an antenna signal with no subscription fee.
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Our Picks for Best DVR for OTA Antenna TV No Subscription 2019
- Homeworx HW130STB
- Air TV
- Viewtv AT-163
Leelbox Digital Converter Box for Analog TV 1080P ATSC Converters with Recording, Pause Live TV, Multimedia Playback HDTV Set Top Box
The Leelbox is an over-the-air converter box that can DVR movies and TV shows.
It can record to a USB Flash Drive and play the video files back later on-demand.
It can also record to an external USB hard drive.
Mediasonic HOMEWORX HW130STB HDTV Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Player Function
The Homeworx HW130STB is one of the more popular DVR options for over-the-air TV channels.
It does not come with any built-in storage and will need a Flash Drive or External Hard Drive to record movies and TV shows.
Adding a storage device is quick and easy to do with it able to use up to 2TB.
Using a low-cost 16GB-32GB flash drive is the easiest option with a standard TV show roughly 300-500MB on size and a movie roughly 1GB of storage.
Adding an external USB hard drive is also an option and good for those who want to record a lot of video.
The Homeworx HW180STB is a low cost DVR that when connected to a TV antenna and storage device makes for a very good budget OTA DVR solution.
AirTV – Dual-Tuner Local Channel Streamer for TVs and Mobile Devices – DVR Capable – Works with Sling TV
The Air TV is a very popular option with cord cutters and has a lot of nice features.
It is a good option and has support for Roku users.
It also has built-in WiFi which can stream to other devices.
An external hard drive will need to be bought to setup the DVR features.
Viewtv AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box Bundle with ViewTV Flat HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna and ViewTV HDMI Cable w/Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out/Coaxial Out/Composite Out/USB Input
The Viewtv AT-163 is a low-cost unit that records over-the-air TV.
It records and plays video in HD 1080p along with a lot of features such as auto tuning and parental controls.
An antenna is included if one is not already setup for input to the box.
Being able to record TV shows from an OTA antenna is a very nice option to have for cord cutters.
There is no need for a subscription service with many alternative units available that once purchased do not require any more fees.
The Homeworx is a good option for those on a budget and can be expanded with more storage options.
The Leelbox is also a great option and similar to the Homeworx for a budget OTA TV DVR.
The Air TV while more expensive does have many more features that may be a better fit in some scenarios.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.