Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB Review: Dirt Cheap DVR For Broadcast TV

What’s the worst thing about cutting the cord? No, it’s not missing out on live network TV, of course. Everyone knows that all you need is a $25 OTA antenna and you can get live network TV in Full HD for free. The worst thing is losing your DVR features for live TV, but luckily there’s a surprisingly affordable box that gives you DVR features for OTA TV. The Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB costs just $24.99 on Amazon, and it lets you record live TV and even schedule recordings just like your old cable company’s DVR.

Here’s some key info from the product page:

  • Receive Over-The-Air Digital Broadcast to your Analog and Digital TV, Projector, and Computer Monitor. Antenna Out Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function,USB Multimedia Player Function.
  • Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Out / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption,Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Recording, 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. Timing Start Up & Shut Down.
  • Recording require user to connect a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 2.5″ / 3.5″ External Hard Drive via USB (Up to 2TB).
  • **PLEASE NOTE**:This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does NOT Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encrypted cable signal

Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB 3 / 4 Channel HDTV Digital Converter…: Price too low to display

Note that you’ll need an external hard drive or a flash drive since the device doesn’t have any internal storage, but flash drives are very cheap on Amazon. Here’s a flash drive with 128GB of storage for under $30, and here’s a 1TB external hard drive for $55.

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This $25 DVR box lets you record live TV… after you’ve cut the cord
Now you can cut the cord without losing live TV or your DVR