Is the Best OTA DVR a TV?

When we left Comcast, we replaced their set top boxes with Dish Network DTVPal DVRs.  I liked these because they required no service and no connection except to an antenna.  When Channel Master abandoned the DVR+, the only autonomous DVRs on the market were low end digital converters that also record like the Homeworx devices.

It’s been more than a year since I bought my 55″ TCL 4K UHD Roku TV.  I paid $400 for the first one and $315 for the second.  I almost never use the Roku apps.  Here’s why I love this television…

  1. It’s inexpensive.  I was looking to trim my electric bill by weening my kid off the 60″ plasma.  My kid loves it for games.
  2. It’s pretty.  It’s not plasma and the picture fades if you are far to the left or right or far above or below the set, but from most of my living room, it looks great and I see no motion blur watching sports.  I bought the second one to replace a 43″ plasma in my bedroom.  Very satisfied.
  3. It’s smart.  Not smart like it can run apps (it runs the Roku OS).  Smart like it remembers what input you last used when powered on.  That means if you use an antenna, it comes up like a dumb television.  For some of us, that is very nice.
  4. It’s informative.  Hit the back button on the remote and you get a full screen grid style EPG (Electronic Program Guide).
  5. It’s tricky.  Plug a 16g USB 2.0 thumb drive into this television and you will be able to pause, rewind, and fast forward through 90 minutes of television.  This television does not record programs, but it does most of the things we do with a DVR.

So, for ~$350, you get a 55″ TCL 4K UHD Roku TV which is great for games and sports, remembers your preferences, has a nice EPG, and can pause a program long enough for you to answer the phone or eat dinner.  What could be better than that?

1 thought on “Is the Best OTA DVR a TV?

  1. we have a 12 year old Sony 46″ Wega. .. Still works well and we replace the lamp every 2-3 years.

    But the TCL series 6 TV’s get great reviews so if we have to change out we will probably go with that… More for the extra HDMI inputs!


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