Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx ATSC Digital TV Converter & PVR
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Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR is a digital converter box which converts Over-The-Air ATSC digital broadcast to your analog TV. The built-in Media Player function allows user to play back video files via USB connection. If user encounter technical difficulty, please contact email@example.com Please Note: This product does NOT work with Cable Provider such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In General, all encrypted signal will not work with this unit.
Some issues but offers a lot for a low price
[UPDATE: http://www.forum.mediasonic.ca/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1616 There is a firmware release that corrects the main issues I mentioned in this review]
Amazing product that exceeded expectations
This PVR/converter box is amazing. Before I get started, it’s important for people to know that this is a solution for your antenna, and you can’t really judge this based on your experience with cable/satellite DVRs. You just can’t have that kind of expectations without spending a couple hundred dollars more and maybe a subscription fee, too. I got this unit for $40 including tax, and it far exceeds my expectations. So I didn’t take one star away based on the fact that it’s not as easy to use as a satellite DVR, but based on its own merits, which I’ll discuss in a little bit.
Does what I wanted/Needed
I found this product while researching the best way to run an OTA antenna to my receiver so that I get the sound through the stereo and picture to TV via HDMI. This worked perfect. The “DVR” feature is just a bonus, which I love. I paired this with a USB thumb drive (
Batteries not included
For the price, this is an excellent value.
Works as advertised.
Here is some of my thoughts about this box.
Decent tuner, better-than-nothing recorder
It’s a pretty good tuner for an analog TV or projector, especially once you find the rather hidden technique for programming it to skip channels you aren’t interested in.
cannot understand how anyonw would give this product anything less than 5 starts
A useful way to get OTA channels on my screen
I got my Mediasonic HomeWorx ATSC Digital Converter Box yesterday, and a Mohu Curve 50 amplified indoor antenna to pair it with. My particular need was to get some TV programming on a Vizio TV for my mother-in-law, who is visiting for a while and who uses late night TV to counter insomnia. We live in a rural area, and pretty much had no cord-cutting to do here, since so few cords are made available. We rely on mobile internet and do without any TV package. The Vizio doesn’t have its own tuner, otherwise I would have just hooked up an antenna directly to it. That’s the “why” of getting the Homeworx.
Good product, good price, few quirks.
This was just what I needed. The over the air reception is as good as my tv is so all the channels I get with the tv, this box can pick up also. I connected a 1 terabyte portable drive to the usb port and it works fine. It also plays most of the movies that were already on the drive. When I record a show it puts it a folder on the drive. There is an option to feed the antenna signal through the box directly to the tv. This allows me to record one channel on the box and watch another on the tv. This box also uses the guide that is broadcast from the tv station. Most of the time I have 12 hours of guide to see what is coming on later. All you have to do is scroll down to the listing and push the OK button twice to record a future event. It doesn’t require you to set start and stop times.