Sunday, April 24, 2016

Converter box recorder

Many moons ago I dabbled with MythTV to record over the air TV.  It's an open source home entertainment application.  Then DTV came along and the tuner card hardware I had was going to need replacement.

Since then I have played with Kodi/XBMC, and OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi.  But I am using this much like a Roku box, just to compliment my TV watching.  I often wish there was a modern DVR for over the air TV.

Recently when I was shopping the RCA DTA880 caught my eye.  A digital converter box with recording.  There is also the Ematic AT103B.  Both can record over the air TV to a USB stick.  This is awesome.  Neither however have a network jack, as it would be nice to be able to play back/record to a network share.  Another thing I wish it had was line input jacks, so you can record from an external source like a satellite.

Basically someone needs to combine these converter boxes with a Roku boxes for folks who are looking for options when considering dropping cable etc.