Whats The Best OTA STB?

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Whats the best OTA STB that has HDMI and possibly more ports like component and I don't want it to be Chinese
 

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I had a Samsung DTB-H260F. Good tuner with HDMI, component and optical out. NO recording just a tuner. Came out in the early days of digital. They may be around used. I thought it was pretty sensitive. You can Google for specs.
 
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Check out whatever Channel Master is selling today.


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The AirTV isn't bad, but it performs transcoding on the video. If you like your video uncompressed, then that's not a good choice. If that doesn't matter to you, then I think it's a solid investment.
 
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I have an Amazon Fire Recast TV that does a decent job on OTA signals. The Recast provides a 10 to 14 day Guide for my 48 OTA channels from Dayton and Columbus Ohio. The Guide is free.
Of course it does not have a HDMI output but displays on my Fire TV sticks. It also allows you to watch on portable devices such as my IPhone 8+.
The DVR functions are good and fairly easy to use.

The OTA DVR on my Hopper3 receivers are better and easier to use. But Dish does not provide Guide info for many of the subchannels. Thus I use the Recast for recording content from OTA channels that have no Guide data on Dish.


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I'm shocked how few options there are. Tivo is by far the best, but spendy. I have the Channel Master Stream+ as a back up to Dish. It's not perfect, but at $99 and no monthly fee I think it's a solid device. The biggest negative is no chase play, no Netflix or Amazon Prime and no way to only record only new episodes...but for the money I can live with those shortcomings. The 14 day live channels guide really is sharp too.

I was playing around with the Sling app on it, and I think it makes a great cord cutting device.
 
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I''m shocked how few options there are
My theory for the lack of options is there is no ongoing revenue stream to make creating options more appealing. Dish has OTA capabilities because it financially benefits them to offer it. But once you buy one of these other tuners, like the cheap Chinese ones, that's it- it's a one-and-done spend, unless you subscribe to guide data or Tivo.
 

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TiVO has a monthly fee, which I abhor. Or you can pay for “lifetime” which is, shall we say, limited. Device lifetime? Certainly not covering ATSC 3. So if it’s worth 5 years to you, go lifetime. Value will fade after that.

AND - it’s tied to the Internet. If you have limited internet access, as I do at my RV, it’s of limited use. No PSIP backup.
 

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The AirTV black box transcodes OTA signals for streaming.
I was not disputing your claim about AirTV transcoding, since I don't know anything about it. I am surprised that it does that since that just adds cost without benefit.

What I was specifically keying off of, in your earlier post, was your use of the word "uncompressed". I am unaware of any uncompressed video within the ATSC 1 spec.
 
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I was not disputing your claim about AirTV transcoding, since I don't know anything about it. I am surprised that it does that since that just adds cost without benefit.

What I was specifically keying off of, in your earlier post, was your use of the word "uncompressed". I am unaware of any uncompressed video within the ATSC 1 spec.
He likely means "NOT transcoded" by saying "uncompressed" IE: as broadcast.
 

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He likely means "NOT transcoded" by saying "uncompressed" IE: as broadcast.
You are probably right. I was trying to be gentle so he could correct himself.

But while we're on the subject of AirTV, does anybody know if transcoding or encryption is going on inside the AirTV dongle I'm using on my Hopper? There should be no need to do either IMHO.
 
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