Want to record shows for later viewing? Hate commercials? Need to pause or
rewind live TV? Then you might want a DVR (Digital Video
Recorder). Here are a few options to choose from.
Channel Master CM7500
Brand new DVR
from Channel Master ($250 one-time cost for the basic DVR, plus
$100 one-time cost for an external hard drive, plus $0/month
subscription). Also spend the $35 for the USB wifi adapter if your router is NOT near your TV and DVR.
(NO subscription!) Simple.TV is a little box that sits
on your home network, connects to an OTA antenna, and records
live TV to storage that you attach (e.g. external hard drive).
Then use a free smart phone app as a remote control.
(one-time cost plus $15/month subscription). Very easy to
use. The TiVo Romio and Premiere costs about half the price of the Channel
Master DVRs, but TiVos requires a $15/month subscription fee
(else you can pay a $500 lifetime subscription).
NOTE: Only the TiVo Premiere works with OTA antennas (not the TiVo Premiere 4 or TiVo Premiere XL4
or earlier series DVRs).
TiVo Roamio (one-time cost plus $15/month subscription).
Very easy to use.