Apple TV plus over the air (OTA) HDTV tuner?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by vini-vidi-vici, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    I have been waiting and searching for a set top box that would allow me to record OTA HDTV broadcasts. The key is that I do NOT have cable. I do not have a dish. And I do not want either. It seems all the set top boxes I can find out there are only available via some service contract (incl. TiVo). I don't want another monthly bill. I just want to pay for what I want.

    I don't watch a whole lot of TV. But, what I do watch is mainly broadcast. With the switch to digital, I've lost the ability to record anything.

    Apple TV would seem like a close solution for me... buy it once, and just pay for content you want... But, with no tuner, it simply doesn't do what I want. What I'm really looking for is something like a TiVo, but that works for OTA only (content from the internet is just a bonus).

    Actually, the best solution I've found is (gag) windows media player, with a tuner in my windows laptop. But, it's very clunky.

    Is there any chance I can configure Apple TV to work like I want? or am I really mis-reading the concept here?
  2. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    By chance when I was looking up something unrelated a few minutes ago I stumbled on thread about how you can hook up a USB TV tuner to aTV and install EyeTV 2.x and get it to play/record OTA HD broadcasts.
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    If you are only looking for an over-the-air HD-DVR, then check out the DTVPAL from Echostar. It is a one time purchase price ($299?) and no monthly fee.

    It is available at sears:
  4. vini-vidi-vici thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    Thanks! Not sure how in the world I missed this if it came out in 2008. I have been searching forever, posting to forums, etc. etc etc... Though, not in the past ~6 months or so.

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