Looking for an OTA DVR that can output directly to a TV

My wife and I cut the cord a while ago, but we still enjoy watching OTA TV. We recently decided to look into how we can get DVR functionality, but I’m having a hard time finding a device/devices that meet my criteria.

What I want is to be able to plug our antenna into a box, then plug the box into a tv, and then be able to watch either live or recorded content on that tv. I’ve looked into a number of devices, but most of them seem designed to stream content to other devices like a laptop or tablet. While that would be nice, my main priority is to be able to connect it directly to a tv.

Some other notes:

-I’d prefer to buy as few devices as possible. Some sort of all in one box would be best, but I’d be fine buying a tuner and DVR separately if need be (would prefer not to buy a tuner and a DVR and a server and a hard drive…)

-We have a Chromecast, Fire Stick, and PS4, but would prefer if we didn’t need to use them for this

-I’d like a nice DVR service (with channel guide, ability to schedule recordings, etc.) and don’t mind paying ~$5 a month for it

-Basically, I want something that’s as simple to operate as possible: plug it in, switch to the right input, and use a remote to change channels, schedule recordings, etc (like with a normal cable box)

Is there anything out there like this?

7 Replies to “Looking for an OTA DVR that can output directly to a TV”

  1. TiVo Roamio OTA. That’s what I use. $350

    It does need to be connected to the internet to get the program guide data. It even has a few services like Amazon Prime, etc. on it.



    TiVo makes a Bolt that is OTA also, but it’s a bit more. $500 for lifetime. [https://www.tivo.com/products/ota-detail](https://www.tivo.com/products/ota-detail)


    Edit: I noticed the the Roamio is “TiVo renewed” so the bolt might be a better value (and it’s 4k for *some* of the streaming services).

  2. They have them for $50 at Target. One tuner each; records on USB flash or external drive. Back with the TVs, by the replacement remote controls.

  3. > designed to stream content to other devices like a laptop or tablet

    I think you misunderstand. Tablo, HDHR, etc, stream to set-top boxes like Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV.

    That’s a big difference from being designed to stream to laptops and tablets.

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