Using an over-the-air TV antenna to watch free TV shows and movies is a 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 an OTA signal.
There are many good options available that can DVR shows from an antenna signal with no subscription fee.
Below are some of our favorite picks.
As always, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best DVR for OTA Antenna TV No Subscription Required
- Homeworx HW130STB
- Viewtv AT-163
Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box with Recording / Media Player / TV Tuner Function (HW130STB)
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 is good for those who want to record a lot of videos.
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.
It can also record to an external USB hard drive.
ViewTV ATSC Digital Converter Box for TV, Clear
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.