OUCH! That Channel Master stuff is made out of gold isn't it. Thanks for the reply but I guess I'll just stick to the Homeworx stuff since it's cheaper and most here have a positive opinion of the stuff.And Channel Master has sold OTA DVRs. Not sure of their current model, but I bought two of the previous model and they work great and no EPG fee. Yep-EPG is free over the Internet or if no Internet they will use OTA PSIP.
Few DVRs transcode (convert from one compression scheme to a different compression scheme) so you can blame the ATSC for choosing MPEG2 when they decided on a compression format.For $30 spent I have no complaints other than a 1 hour HD program is in the neighborhood of 5-6 GB, SD is 1+GB file size from my local networks due to it's file format.
I had one of the HW-150PVRs but haven't used it lately (gave it to my daughter). As far as the SKIP FORWARD function there is fast forward/rewind. I believe there was also a GOTO function on the remote to move to a specific time in the recording. So if the current time in the recording is 15:00 you could enter 16:30 to jump ahead a minute and a half. Definitely more work involved than just having a dedicated button on the remote but doable. I believe I just used the fast forward/rewind to skip commercials.UPDATE: Well, after the repack cluster F things are getting to be somewhat "normal" where OTA TV channels are concerned. The only one that's missing now that I need to have is CBS WDBJ out of Roanoke, Va and after trading Emails with them I expect to see those channels available in the not too distant future when they finally finish the new broadcast antenna they had to put up. Right now I've got 26 OTA channels and a couple of those are what I normally record the most off of satellites for later viewing.
So, last week I got to looking around for a deal on that HW-150PVR recorder that was mentioned up the page and I found one on Best Buy's Ebay site for $29.95 shipped, so I ordered it. It arrived yesterday and I've been "playing" with it trying to learn how to use it.
What I have found is that programs recorded on that 150 WILL playback on my Micro HD receiver but they will NOT playback on either of the Openbox S9s I have? Funny that because the S9 and the Micro HD will play each other's recordings fine?? And even the commercial skip forward 30 seconds function works with the S9 recordings on the Micro HD but not on the S9 with either?? Hummm.............. Oh, and there IS NO SKIP FORWARD function on this 150??? Yup, a WTF moment indeed cuz that's about the only thing so far that's a problem with it for me. That skip forward function on the Micro HD is something I expected with this 150? Oh well!
So overall, I guess the 150 is a keeper, BUT, I won't buy anything else that doesn't have that commercial skip forward function with it!!
And a final note here, all this OTA stuff I'm doing is because I'm getting setup for the coming demise of FTA satellite TV as we know it! With the cost of equipment sky rocketing and no one importing the cheap stuff any more, I can no longer justify the expense involved in doing it, ie, $140 for a Vbox II? Really? So, when my current junk breaks down and or there's nothing up there to watch on satellite I'll have OTA to fill the gap.
And thanks all for the info on this. Like I said before, I'm in uncharted territory with this OTA stuff and it's nice to have people like you to help me get this up and running.