dealsmediasonic homeworx hw150pvr atsc hd converter…

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I got this box to work with my receiver/projector to be able to watch over-the-air TV channels on my projector.

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This is a very good deal, add a USB HDD(~$60 for a 1TB) and you have a very basic DVR.
I have the similar iView(from Amazon) which is ~$45 and also supports QAM(cable) but QAM is problematic to say the least, I'd really only suggest these boxes with OTA(antenna).
Don't expect a Tivo(which with no fees is close to $700) but if you keep your expectations fairly low these boxes do serve a purpose.

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@jjeff: Well said. I was poking around on the company's forums for this product, and it does look like they have an unofficial firmware that supports QAM. It may be possible to get that version from Mediasonic support (or someone else who has the file).
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2088&sid=fa73209d095a5176109e121d95dec67a

No guarantees obviously that you can find it, but I'm going to try to get my hands on that version of the firmware.

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If your not familiar with it, here is a thread talking about the Homeworx:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1482341/homeworx-hw-150pvr-support-and-discussion
And here is a thread talking about the iView, both at AVS
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465875/iview-3500stb-tuner-dvr-owners-thread
And yes you are correct, with a "unofficial" firmware version QAM is indeed available but the seller Medtronic doesn't really want to promote the box as having a QAM tuner, due to the overall flakiness of QAM on most cable systems.
QAM tuning on both these boxes isn't as good as a typical QAM equipped TV, mainly because these boxes really rely on PSIP(most notably the only source of time on these boxes as they have no manual set option) and PSIP on most cable systems is not always supported.

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Will this work reasonably as a cheapy dvr for an HDTV (that doesn't need a converter box...) with a hard drive added?

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where was this when I needed it for my OTA and toob teevee? Was a PITA to hook up those free converter boxes onto VCRs. Wasn't going to shell out $200-$400 for the HDD DVRs. I had to go FIOS and 65" 3D LED a couple of years ago just so I can record something.

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@psm321: You would just have to use this device as a tuner and not your TV, but yes for OTA stuff. You can add a hard drive as well.

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This does work with the Xbox One but the voice commands don't always work. For example I will say "Watch NBC" and it will turn to the channel 8-1, which is correct. When I say "Watch ABC" the box turns to channel 7-1. For me ABC is channel 27-1. So while the box works, you still need to use the remote. Of course it's not that big of a deal, it's OTA channels so you only have a handful to watch.

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Could I use this with an HDMI enabled computer monitor to watch OTA channels? Because that would be pretty awesome...

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Can someone confirm that this will receive OTA HD channels and send them HDMI to my projector? I am looking for something just like this.. want to be sure it will grab hd channels.. thanks

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This does have an HDMI out so it will work with any HDMI device. The channels are also in HD so your only limit would be the actual signal strength that you receive from the broadcast station.

Check what the strength is in your area: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

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Yes, but would you agree that I will still need to attach a COAX antenae to this unit to grab the signals.. in other words, it doesn't have an antenae built in it like my HDTV would have..

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Adding a hard drive to make a recorder is a great idea, but how do you get it to playback? Are there soft controls to tell it what to do? Sorry, but an old analog VCR is real straight-forward; I was wondering how this unit understands what you want to see.

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@schafer11: Correct you still need an antenna.

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@schep999: You can go into the menu on the box and play back the video. You can also take the drive and watch it on your computer.
You can set the record function on the box but it's like an old VCR from the 80s, you need to set the time and the channel, no program guide here.

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@erichss: Thanks. I have not had cable for over thirty years now, a program guide does not mean anything to me. I assume this is recording at 1080 P and I can record the same show I am watching or one other channel?

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@schep999: I believe it is 1080i and no you have to watch the channel that is being recorded. Other than having two boxes I don't know a way around this.

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I was hoping that someone could recommend a hard drive type. In the product reviews, a few people complained about their attached hard drive going into sleep mode and not waking to allow recording. This sounds like a great addition to my VCRs, which can't last forever, right?

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It DOES work with the xbox one with voice commands. There are 2 different versions of the box, the older one (which I have), the channel change only works with the higher channels, but the lower ones it doesn't blast right. The Newer one (at least from youtube vids) works perfectly. The company is active on the forums and help with new firmware etc.
The xbox one specific thread:
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2040

The box works, the PVR definitely has it's quirks... I would refer to it as Beta software, but if they keep at it, It'll be really solid (and probably sold off to a bigger company).

Some quirks: the guide is military time only.

Simple setup, screw in antenna coax, hdmi out... also coax out. Decent little box especially for the money.

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@dwaran: Thanks for the tip, I will update the software this weekend and see if I can get it to work.

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@cf: I use a basic 32G USB drive without any problems.

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@ryanpblyth: As long as your projector can handle HDMI, yes. It is OTA only, does NOT work as a digital converter for a cable company

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Never mind. It looks as though the promo price is over now -- it is back up to 45.99.

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@cf: that is the price without the promo code. Use EMCWVWX94 to get an additional $13 off. you may have to sign up for the newegg promo email subscription thingy to get this price to work "with your email".

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I did add the code but, for whatever reason, it didn't work for me.

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I use this Toshiba HDD on my iView(similar to Homeworx) and it works fine. My iView turns off the power to the USB socket when off but I understand not all brands or firmware does this. If not you'd want a HDD that would spin down when not in use, I don't believe my Toshiba HDD does, although maybe it's a setting. I just know I never feel/hear mine spin down when it's got power, unlike a couple USB WDs I have or a Maxor wall wart powered HDD.
Oh not positive about the Homeworx but my iView has a nice PSIP guide that goes out as far as the stations send out(12hrs to a couple days worth) and with the iView one can click and program from the guide. Note PSIP guides are only for the channel you are currently tuned to, IOW you don't get a grid with all the channels at once, only the one channel you are tuned to.
Lastly, since these boxes are very cheap they have a rather underpowered processor, hence no recording one channel while playing back a saved recording. You can chaseplay though.

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I need to record analog signals (via RCA or coaxial) to digital so I can then edit the recorded video on a computer. Would this device be good for that purpose? I know it's backwards to what most people want this device for but would it work like that?

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No it would not work for that, you need some sort of PC capture card or device. All this has for input is a RF connector and even that is for digital channels, no analog.

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@jjeff: oh, okay. Thanks for that info

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@jjeff: But what if you record to a USB-drive and then connect that to your computer?
Not ideal, I know, but cheaper than a capture card and no need to have the computer running.
(Unless of course this thing records in some kind of weird format or has its own filesystem...)