Homeworx High Definiton Digital Converter Box (HW-150PVR)

  • Model #: HW-150PVR
  • Web Code: 10273439
Sold and shipped by: Best Buy
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The HomeWorx HW-150PVR digital converter box is an ideal companion for your analog TV. It can convert over-the-air ATSC digital TV signals to your analog or digital TV, so you can enjoy your favourite shows. Use the recording function to record your favourite programs to your own external hard drive so you never miss an episode again.

More Information

  • Converts digital ATSC television signals to your analog or digital TV or monitor
  • Recording function lets you record in real time or schedule recordings onto a hard drive (sold separately)
  • USB multimedia player supports a USB flash drive up to 64GB and external hard drive up to 2TB (both sold separately)
  • Analog pass-through lets you watch both digital and analog TV
  • Favourite channel list makes it easy to find your most-watched channels
  • Parental control function helps keep your kids safe from inappropriate content
  • Auto tuning automatically scans for digital TV channels
  • Auto, 16:9 pillar box, 16:9 pan G scan, 4:3 letter box, 4:3 pan G scan, 4:3 full, 16:9 wide screen
  • Closed captioning lets you add captions to what you're watching
  • HDMI 1080P output, component output, composite output and coaxial output
  • Timing start-up and shutdown

What's in the Box?

  • Remote Control
  • AV Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card


  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Application
    Digital Converter Box
  • End Type #1
  • End Type #2
  • Other End Types
    Coaxial Digital Audio Output; HDMI Output; L-Audio-R; Y/Pb/Pr Component Video Output; Composite Audio/Video
  • Colour
  • Width
    22 cm
  • Height
    3.8 cm
  • Depth
    13 cm
  • Weight
    0.6 kg
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

3.0 / 5
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  • from Burlington, ON

Have had it for 2 years

And it's still going strong. I get about a dozen channels in the GTA. It won't let me choose a star rating on my mobile device, but I'd give it 5 big ones.

  • from Kanata, ON

Very limited life.

Bought this and used it a few months. Worked. Had to reset it once near the 3rd month. Haven't used it for 3 or 4 months and now it has completely failed. Thinking of buying this? It's EXCREMENT. DO NOT BUY. WASTE OF MONEY. DON'T EVEN ACCEPT IT AS A FREE GIFT. IF SOMEONE OFFERS IT TO YOU FREE, PUNCH THEM. THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND. THEY HATE YOU. That's all the good things I can say about this product.

  • from Vancouver, BC

It works!

Not sure if it picks up channels yet. I just got this because they were throwing it out as non working. It had the flashing red light on the front display. I took it apart and replaced the 16V 1000uF capacitor that was bad. It has gold markings. Now the device is working again.

  • from Windsor, ON

Just An UpdateFfor My April '18 Posting

To give everyone an idea what kind of company this is that they may decide to deal with: Since April, I've called the company twice, only for them to hang-up on me both times, slamming the receiver down; have e-mailed them twice..NO response what-so-ever!!! That should tell you just how much they care about their customers!! Or should I say, their REALLY CHEAPLY MADE, VERY FAULTY PRODUCT!!

  • from Windsor, ON

VERY VERY BAD unit !!!

My fault for not paying attention to the reviews..I should have NEVER bought this product!!! I'm using a top-of-the-line Winegard antenna (HD8200U), set to the CORRECT location, and yet I'm acquiring barely any channels!! The tuner for this 'Homeworx' product is very very poor, unable to even pull stations in from 15 miles away...now, keep in mind, where I'm located there a plethora of channels available within 30 miles or so..I'm lucky to get 12-14 of them!! As someone else mentioned, remote has NO off/on button for unit, making it a pain to get up and turn it on/off manually. When you change channels, it takes forever for channel to pop-up on screen, and when it finally does and 'info' comes on screen, it shows what's on and what 'was' on previously (DUH). I can continue with my review BUT it would take most of the day to list the problems with this 'Homeworx' product!! I would like to advise others to STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!

  • from Windsor, ON

NOT a good unit!!

NO off/on control from remote. VERY POOR tuner..was getting over 35 stations; with this unit lucky to get 10-12 stations. When changing channels, time lag is too long. When you have changed channels, rather than showing what's on and also next program, it shows previous program. The list of faults is way too long to list here..best thing to do, spend a little more and acquire a Channel Master unit!!!! STAY AWAY FROM "HOMEWORX" !!!!!! If there was a rating lower than one star I would give it.

  • from Calgary, AB

Worked for a year.

Worked great for the first year. Now it works whenever it feels like it.

  • from Toronto, ON

Don't bother

Like others have pointed out this product just isn't well made. It just straight up died after about a year and a half of very light use.

  • from Hamilton, ON

inexpensive, hardware failure

As others have said this device prematurely dies. Mine lasted less than 16 months before is ceased to boot. It began to show signs of impending failure about two weeks before complete failure. It was used for less than 12 hours a week, on average.

  • from Montréal, QC

Good potential but poor finish

This device has the great potential/feature of being able to record over-the-air (OTA) digital TV to an external hard drive, making it the modern version (adapted to HDTV) of a VCR, and thus if you are satisfied with the channels your antenna setup can tune to, this is a great item to save off the exaggerated costs from cable and satellite TV providers when you can't watch all your programs real-time or if you want to keep some programs (do you really believe TV service should cost you in the same range as your electricity bill ?!? - also, you get less compressed signals with that method !). However it suffers from several weaknesses: 1) Circuitry is undependable and does not survive long if unit is kept powered so that scheduled recordings can take place - I went through several units (*), that often failed not long after the 1 year warranty period expired... (*): I mean almost half a dozen units; I have two units that I try to keep operational in my house so that I can record different programs at the same time; hence you could consider me a power user. All units were powered with good surge protection, hence the input power can't be blamed; the power supply or something close to that function inside the unit probably gets warm, depleting device life, or possibly, build/workmanship is so poor that internal connections eventually fail. So, although the price is good, after having to buy many units one likely will end up paying more than for a more dependable unit - you get what you pay for... 2) Don't try to record a program that starts late evening and extends beyond midnight: the unit's hardware/firmware is unable to deal with that (always tells you of a conflict with another programmed recording whenever you try to schedule a recording that overlaps midnight...). 3) When time changes in the Spring and Fall, if you forget to go into the menu and tell the unit the time has switched to/from daylight savings time, your recordings will be shifted by an hour until you do so; since the unit has to use date for scheduled recordings, it would be EASY to automate that time switch... 4) Manufacturer support: VERY BAD. I contacted them mainly about item 1 above, and was hoping that since I had purchased several units they would show minimal goodwill; they showed NONE and actually told me off when I tried to persist once in arguing my point with them - so as promised to them as a result of their behavior, I'm giving them this well-deserved review wherever I find their units distributed...

  • from Montreal, QC

Died after less than 1.5 years

The green light just stopped turning on and that was that. Not made to last. Would never buy this company's products again.

  • from kawartha lakes

not recommended

ttry to buy channel master & nothing but. you've been warned. why? -read the other reviews.

  • from Québec, QC

Worx Like a Charm

In Quebec City, we receive 6 channels with it, same as my internal TV ATSC. (Channels: V Télé (TQS), TVA, Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, Global CKMI 1 HD and 1 SD) I record all my programs on extrene HDD. It replace my 8642 Vidéotron PVR. Thanks to the great support of Homeworx, for new firmware.

  • from Pennsylvania


Can't record and watch another channel

  • from Lasalle


Died after 16 months.

  • from Cantley, QC

Dead after 2 years

Was a 4 stars when it worked. It is not worth anything anymore... Green light comes on but that is it!

  • from Arnprior, ON

Homeworx High Definiton Digital Converter Box (HW-150PVR)

Had the device about 1 month. so far so good. Using an older analog TV with an over the air antenna about 50 km from Ottawa. Nice reception and noise free signal

  • from Granby, QC

Can't beat it that for the price

Easy to set up, very good HD picture quality 1080. I had a 3 years old tv in the playroom which the tuner had died, so I was looking for ATSC digital tuner box to fix my problem and I found this product. That box fix my issue and it gave us the recording feature which we no longer had with over air transmision. So we are now receiving 15 channels in full HD (with a [price]. antenna) including recording function. Can't beat that............. We love it so much, after 6 months, we purchase a second one for the living room Tv Only had a problem at the beginning, I had pixelation when I was using my USB flash drive, Then i try it with a 500G usb 2 SATA Hardrive and the issue when away.

  • from Ottawa, ON


I'm trying to trouble shoot my digital converter box, and I'm noticing from the reviews several had died after 18-24 months. Can that be it... does that mean my converter box has died, it is only 2rs old? The box was working great, giving me good reception to 4 channels as an alternative tv since I didn't have a cable box in the back room. Any suggestions to test the box, I've checked all cables, changed the batteries in the remote, ensured the box was plugged in, even changed the plug to another receptive.... help please!

  • from St. Thomas, Ontario

Doesn't Work with Rogers Cable!

I bought this box with the hope that I could add a 3rd TV to an open outlet on my Rogers Cable. However while the box was able to find over 250 channels on tv and another 50 on radio, I could only access 5 channels and 4 of them were promotional Rogers channels for pay tv and the other was a live camera shot of the front door of the apartment that I live in. For all of the other channels, I got a message that the channel was scrambled. Despite the fact that I set the resolution of the box to the max of my tv (ie 720p), the picture was still blurry on the channels that I did get. If you have Rogers Cable TV this is not the converter box for you!

  • from Toronto, ON

Dead after 3 years

There is no extra key other than on/off so you always need to have remote handy. Not impressive with finding the channels. Dead after just 3 years.

  • from Richmond Hill, ON

Poor product

Quality image very poor even when I try different video format. Audio is low and not synchronized with the picture. I had an old Coby that worked much better and for much less money.

  • from London, ON

Over priced junk

Lasted 2 years or so and quit working with no warning. Mind you, so did the last box I had. Sound out of the Homeworx was poor too. Had to have the volume all the way up to hear anything. One star because you can't go lower.

  • from Halifax, NS

Works as advertised

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. Great value!

  • from Windsor, ON

Fully Satisfied

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.

  • from Montréal, QC

Dead after only 15 months!

Good when it worked, but it died after only 15 months.

  • from Oakville, ON

Does the job of a PVR

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.

  • from Calgary, AB

Suitable but only just

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.

  • from Sainte-adèle, QC

Dead after only 15 months!

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!

  • from Moncton, NB

did not work

The initial package did not work at all. Had to return it. The second machine does work well so far.

  • from Vancouver, BC


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.

  • from Oakville, ON

Shame it's unreliable

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!

  • from Ajax, ON

Great for Projector lovers

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!

  • from Toronto, ON

Save your money

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.

  • from Hamilton, ON

Does not work with Cogeco

I was excited to buy this [...] but unfortunately it does not work with Cogeco.

  • from Saint Catharines, ON

Does what I need

‎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.

  • from Burlington, ON

Easy to use

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.

  • from Stoney Creek, ON


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.

  • from Alberta

No Good

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. [...]

  • from Montreal, QC

Not worth the money, even on sale

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.

  • from Caledon, ON

Good for the 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.

  • from Calgary, AB

Great...When It Works

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.

  • from St. Catharines, ON

Good Value

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!

  • from Regina, SK

Homeworx Digital Converter (HW-150PVR)

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!

  • from Montréal, QC



  • from rochester


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

  • from Calgary Alberta

Excellent value

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

  • from Newfoundland


It was easy to use, found all available channels

  • from London

Great Buy

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.

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