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I bought this box as part of the my cord-cutting project. It works just fine for getting the 3 over the air channels available in Halifax Nova Scotia and for providing PVR (using an external USB hard disk for storage). The picture quality is better than digital cable.
I have it for only two weeks, so can't say how long it will last.
I needed this product because I stil have one of the very old Projection HD READY Tv sets im my basement. This box is converting signal to a digital and I use it to watch local air-free channels. I am fully satisfied with this product.
Good when it worked, but it died after only 15 months.
Well it does the PVR job and its reasonably priced and it works with my old HDD hardware eliminating the expense of buying a new hard disk. (I took an old IDE drive out of a dated desktop PC and hooked it up to my "IDE to USB 2.0 HDD converter" and plugged it in. At first the PVR did not recognize the drive...so I hooked it up to my laptop and formatted it and on the next try in the PVR it worked. It also worked with a spare SATA drive)
I have been running it a little over a week now and it has reliably recorded all the shows I booked. The video quality is top notch. I have an outdoor 8 bay antenna mounted on a pole on the side of the chimney about 28 feet above ground and have an inline RF amplifier before the signal splitter which distributes the signal to 3 TVs and the this Homeworx box. I get 34 TV channels with 1 bay pointed at the CN Tower in Toronto and the other bay pointed to Buffalo NY. This includes ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, CW, CBC, CTV, GLOBAL, CITY, TVO, CHCH, OMNI and more.
From a controlling the box point of view the remote is OK. No better or worse than the remote that used to come with VCRs in the 1990s so I cant complain about that.
The one thing that is still getting better is the firmware. The controls are basic but reliable. An oddity of the device is that while you set up timers to record shows by name from the EPG (ex The National) it appears in the playlist after recording under the name of the channel and time it was recorded (ex CBLT 20151225 2300. The INFO screen on V2.1 firmware scrambles the show description text so I sent the help desk a bug report. But this is not a big deal as the show description is just fine when you view it through the EPG screen which is the one you use all the time. (and the firmware is upgradeable any time a new version is published). One nice touch is how the PVR automatically starts up about 1 minute before recording time if in standby mode to enable the USB drive to power up/spin up and starts recording exactly on time.
Priced at the cost of about one month cable TV or satellite subscription i suggest its well worth a try if you want to record things. I also hooked the hard drive to my Laptop computer in a separate test and found I could watch the PVR recorded TV shows without any issue on Windows 7.
A refreshing respite from paying more monthly TV bills. I would have gone with 5 stars on the rating if I had not found the one firmware bug on the INFO screen.
I have It since two weeks .IT Is working OK for me .If I see something wrong with It , I will let you Guys know. Till now I recommend It to all of you.
Let's face it, the selection of ATSC digital to analog TV converters simply doesn't exist anymore now that it's been a few years since all new TV's have ATSC tuners. This one does work but it differs from most in that this is a PVR capable converter, you can plug in a USB hard drive up to 2 TB or a very capable USB jump drive ( most aren't fast enough ) and then the converter can record shows as well as pause and replay live TV. However, this is a clumsy device. It takes a minute or two to boot up when turned on. The remote control can not be programmed to turn on the TV so you wind up using two remotes to turn everything on ( the remote also came without batteries so buy two AAA batteries while you're at it ). It doesn't automatically go into time shift mode where you can pause and replay live TV so there is a delay when you first try to do so on a show. There is no LED on the remote to indicate when it is sending a signal ( will be a problem with key mashing as the batteries die ). There is no display on the converter to indicate what channel it is on. The converter numbers the channels by the order they were found instead of the proper channel numbers such as 21.1 and the converter does not display the signal strength except as a bar graph. The converter does display schedule information but only for the channel it is on, this is inconvenient for seeing what else is on at the moment. The PVR features names the recordings by channel, day and time instead of by show name or allowing you to edit it although you could probably move the storage device to a computer and rename to your heart's content. The manual does not indicate what code you should use to program an universal remote to it so you're stuck with the two remotes just to turn on the TV. The ventilation vents are on the top of the chassis so you really can't stack other devices on top, at least not without feet or something to give you a gap between the devices. This converter will do what you need it to do plus it has nominal PVR capabilities and you don't have much of a choice these days except to pay the e-waste disposal fee to get rid of your old TV and buy a new one which will already have an ATSC tuner. Of course, the pleasure of going to over the air transmission and dropping the Cable TV service is remarkable, keep in mind that most specialty programming can be accessed over the Internet now. Note, Calgary only has six over the air TV channels all on UHF ( so you just need the loop antennas not the rabbit ears though the rabbit ears do help a little ). In more densely populated areas, you can often get 20 or 30 channels over the air, ie.: in Houston it's about 26 channels, again all UHF, there are very few VHF channels these days.
Good when it worked, but it died after only 15 months. Not a great unit in terms of reliability!!! I'm looking for something better and more durable!
The initial package did not work at all. Had to return it. The second machine does work well so far.
Lousy on finding channels. I live on high ground and have a Yaggi antenna and a five element stack in my attic. From my rear porch I can see the mountain on Lumi Island, 38.8 miles away but this thing can't.
Unable to set the time to record or power on/off as the arrow keys will move the selector left and right but not up and down to roll the numbers. Useless.
I see people compaining that it doesn't work as a cable TV converter box. Obviously they've been misled by the description of the product. That's not what these are meant for. They are meant to receive digital television transmissions from over the air through an antenna. You hook the unit up to your old TV that cannot process the digital signals. This device converts the digital signal to analogue so that the old style TV's can display the broadcasts.
I bought one of these in February of 2014. It died after 3 weeks. The store replaced it. Now the replacement is warning me that it is getting ready to die in the same way the first one did, too. It takes longer and longer to boot up every day. Turning it off and back on with the power switch helped for a while, but now it does not. Any day now it will quit for good. After less than 1.5 years.
I like the features a lot, but these Homeworx units are just NOT reliable. I was hoping this unit would last several years at least. What a shame.
I won't be buying another one of these devices of ANY brand. I will apply the [price] bucks towards a modern TV that doesn't need a digital converter box.
I get lots of channels through my antenna. And many stations are adding more channels all the time. I don't need cable TV, there's lots to watch over the air, and it's all free!
Great for if you want to set up a home theatre and need to piece each component separately to get a projector setup running, also works great on other TV's.
It receives full uncompressed HD antenna (Aerial) perfectly and even offers a mini TV guide as to what shows are up next on that station like a satellite box.
I use the HDMI out and get full 5.1 surround on all channels offering it and it sounds amazing! It also has your standard composite (Yellow Red White RCA cable) outputs for if you have an older setup or a VCR/DVD recorder, component (Green Red Blue) and coaxial audio out.
The DVR is a great function for recording newscasts or the hockey games on CBC. (You do need an extra USB key or external hard drive for DVR functions)
Not good for cable lovers, you can't use it as a digital cable box. You can contact HomeWorx and get a firmware upgrade that allows it to "Tune Cable channels" but they are scrambled and won't show anything except for the music stations.
Best bet to get a proper cable box if going that route.
For us we use Netflix and Antenna and thanks to this fine piece of tek we can watch in full HD on the projector FOR FREE!
We get less than 1/4 of the channels we normally receive, unit is unreliable. [...] Save your money and peace of mind don’t buy a digital converter with HomeworX brand. I have to give rating, but honestly this product deserves NO stars.
I was excited to buy this [...] but unfortunately it does not work with Cogeco.
When I cancelled my satellite and went with an antenna, I needed a way to record football games. This worked perfectly. It records and plays back in HD.
It also works as a converter Box to watch free to air with an older TV that doesn't have a built in digital converter. It even has an 8 hour tv guide. I can attach my 500 GB hard drive and watch movies. It is a bit slow loading loading videos from the external hard drive but it works great. Perfect for what I needed.
The price is reasonable . This is very easy to use and works great. I am able to use my older TV's now as it converts stations properly. Highly recommend for the price.
Bought one, worked fine for about two weeks and then bought another. Then both of them stopped working reliably. Sent them back to the manufacture. They sent me new ones. They worked for about one or two weeks then packed it in. Service from manufacturer is great but the unit is just unreliable. Records sometimes and not others. USB is detected sometimes and not others. Records about 1 1/2 minutes than shuts down. Next time it works fine. I would not buy this unit again. I suspect the manufacture has software problems that they cannot fix.
Works as a converter fine.
Died after 11 months. Don't waste your time. This is a total waste of seventy dollars. Best buy wouldn't stand behind their product and told me I couldn't return it and would have to send it to the manufacturer. [...]
Had it for 3 hrs,returned it. It could only get 2 channels with a digital outdoor antenna.My 2 newer tvs can get up to 20 digital channels each with the same antenna. Don't waste your money.
I have been in the FTA antenna world for a few years now and I think this receiver is worth the money if it goes on sale. It offers many nice features such as the PVR, however you will need approx 8G of space for a one hour show. Another nice feature is the front USB can work with hard drives so you can watch your saved movies or TV shows. Improvements on this receiver should include to have this work with a less expensive universal remote control. Another issue was when I first connected the receiver was the EPG/guide was behind by a few days, so I contacted their RMA support group and within a day they gave me a new flash update and all is working perfectly now.
If you have a newer TV, then all you need this box for is recording free-to-air broadcasts using some rabbit ears (yes, you still need those even with digital). Worked great for me, but just died after 9.5 months. Weird because there's not much to this thing and it never gets hot. Too bad because I used it all the time to record shows that I'm not around to watch live. Not sure if I'll just get a refund or another one.
I purchased two of these boxes in January of 2014 and have found them to be finicky but somewhat reliable. Mine need to be reset every few months by turning them off completely (button on the box) and waiting about ten minutes. Then I reprogram it and it works fine again. Sometimes I pick up new channels this way, as well. I use a Lexar 16g 2.0 USB which will record 2 hrs and 20 minutes. I find that if I use a larger drive I loose the last few minutes of each show and a 3.0 will skip when played back. This is much cheaper than an external hard drive if you only record one or two shows at a time, as I do. All in all, this unit saves me a fortune on costly cable bills (this unit only works OTA) and once you add an HDMI cable, the picture is actually better than my cable was!
The first unit failed two weeks after it was purchased.
The second unit failed after less than seven months.
Do not purchase this product. It is a waste of your time and money!
it sucks all converter boxes suck you record a movie on tv for 1 hr it takes up 1.5 gb on drive then you stick the usb flash drive into your pc and its not the full hr show it cuts the last 5 minutes out
If you need an inexpensive single tuner PVR for OTA broadcasts without a subscription this device is perfect even after you buy an HDMI cable,external hard drive and digital antenna it's cheaper than a ChannelMaster. The tuner works well and in Calgary every broadcast station supplies the device with easy to use information to help you program the device to record. It's essentially a digital VCR which is what I wanted. If you want more than one show at a time recorded or lots of bells and whistles maybe you need to something else. This unit does what it promises and is very well designed. I reccomend it
It was easy to use, found all available channels
Stumbled over this item in my search for a new Digital Converter and glad I did. The tuner is very sensative and pulled in stations my old unit missed, it has a program guide maybe not so fancy but a program guide non the less, you can insert a USB drive and play movies TV shows etc this was something I was going to update ny current TV for but now I don't have to. You can turn it into PVR with a USB stick installed you can pause live TV, a little cumbersome but it works.
Over all I would say this is well worth the money the reason I only give it a 4 star is I'm not sure on the quality of the unit, will it last or burn out will have to wait and see. I'm thinking of buying another one for the basement now.
Plug in your usb hard drive and you have a PVR ready to go for recording OTA channels. Picture quality is great - records in HD. Remote buttons are not so well laid out and usage can be awkward. Only subtracting a star because of this remote. Nice to see this product sold here since there aren't many competing devices with this sort of OTA PVR recording functionality. I don't need cable or a cable PVR.
Best to go in-store to buy since bestbuy online service is pitiful.
I ordered this box to try and save some money, and not have to pay the cable company a monthly fee to rent a "box" - I unfortunately could not get the box to work with my cable provider - cogeco - so the box didn't work for me .... I am sure that the box works fine, but was extremely disappointed that I could not get any digital channels....
I bought this product to work with my Xbox one because I have over the air antenna TV rather than cable. It works like a charm. It converts the coaxial cable of my rabbit ears into HDMI and works with the Xbox one to turn channels. The only reason it works with my TV and the Xbox one guide is because I live on the border with Detroit and I pick up all the American networks. This does not make the Xbox one guide work if you are elsewhere in Canada I had to set my location to the United States to have the Xbox one guide work. But if you live on the border as I do just set your location to the US, get one of these things and you are away to the races.
I've used this at my Condo in Vancouver and scanned and found 14 OTA channels! No cable! The major networks were received in HD and can be recorded! Also can play downloaded movies, photos, music MP3s. Can set scheduled recordings. Beats the Cable PVR as there are no fees and no cable connections. Just get a good antenna like the Mohu leaf which I am using.
This product is excellent value for the price. It is very simple and easy to setup and operate. Before I could receive only two or
three channels over the air. Now I get all six local channels broadcast in crystal clear high definition and sound.
This product is excellent value for the price. It is easy to setup and use. The picture is phenomenal.
This Box is excellent for Over the air channels.
and can record to a USB hard drive.
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