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24 September 2016 @ 05:23 pm
Affordable DVR for cord cutters  
With hulu shutting down its free service, I once again wanted to look for a cheap dvr.  The well known names (TIVO)  want to sell you a scheduling service which drives the price far out of my budget.   Surely there was something out there that would just act like a VCR but record to a hard drive?   Turns out, yes, but  it was hiding under "converter box."  There are a few different choices.  $30 got me this.  It take a USB flash or hard drive and will take an antenna signal (but not cable, but since I'm a cord cutter, that's fine.)    I spent a bit more on getting it a dedicated flash drive.   Interestingly enough it has a program guide for the next 24 hours, but you can also just set it like a VCR.  It's a bit klunky both in the UI design and in the responsiveness of the remote, but the record quality seems decent and the price point is right where I need it.

It turns out that our pressing need for it has gone away, so I likely won't testing it as hard as I was hoping, but I'm very glad to have finally found an affordable solution and thought I would share it incase other cord cutters had been looking as well.