Antennas and DVRs

Before we get to into the apps/hardware you need to make it as a cord cutter, consider what you can still get via over-the-air (OTA) broadcast.

While you can watch much of what’s available on the major networks and several cable channels using streaming apps, you simply can’t get it all. That goes especially for the major networks, most of which require you to log in with your pay TV information to watch online.

But, most networks are still broadcasting over the airwaves in HD—you just need an HD antenna. The antenna used on my house is the LeadZM Model – TA451B HD 150 mile long range antenna. I have over 50 channels available from my antenna.

Antennas and DVRs

You can use a TV antenna to watch live TV, sure, but this isn’t the 1970s. You need a DVR (digital video recorder). Consider the  Tivo Bolt Vox  (below),

Antennas and DVRs

a system with six tuners and 75 hours of recording on a 500GB drive for $199.99, or get 150 hours for $299.99. Four of the tuners support OTA recording. (Don’t get the high-end $499.99 version—that’s cable-ready only.) The companion Vox Mini box sold separately lets you expand DVR coverage to other rooms. As the “vox” implies, you utilize voice control through the remote to run the DVR. Plus, it has plenty of built-in streaming apps. TiVo has a few other OTA DVRs.  Tablo  is a DVR for Cord Cutters, Tablo lets you discover, record and stream free, local OTA HDTV broadcast programs on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world — without the expense or commitment of cable or satellite contracts. The 4-Tuner Tablo Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR(below), Available at  Amazon.com 

Antennas and DVRs

is designed for cord cutters with larger households and/or extensive channel lineups. With four tuners, you can record and stream up to four free broadcast channels from your HDTV antenna simultaneously.

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