Hey does anyone know if DVR's work with FTA systems? If they do which one is a good one to buy? Is there a special kind for FTA systems or do they only work with subscription services like Dish Network? Thanks for any feedback, JoshS
DVR just puts a copy of whatever signal that is being received and decoded on the internal HD of the rcvr. I have a DB7025 and it does record all the FTA channels that I watch. There is a Pansat model that I believe you can read a review on the FAQ area about as well.
I did that with one of my Tivos for a while. I was able to record stuff (of course) but it was annoying because the Tivo insists on adding the meta data for what it 'thinks' it's recording.
Beyond the PVR/DVR solutions from Pansat and the like, I think the best option for my FTA recording needs is a PC DVB tuner. Going this route gets you the ability to watch 4:2:2 and high definition programming as well as record it.
It's a lot cheaper and is a nice augmentation to a Blindscan receiver.
I've got a generic PVR that works pretty well with any real input....just don't fully expect a EPG to work all the time....The one I have uses Guide Plus and it seems to have a weird breakdown with resetting what's listed and what isn't every month...