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Dear OC Community,

About a year ago, I cut the Cable TV cord and went Internet-only ($50 at 6mbps with Comcast. Comcast is my only option). I built a cheap HTPC with a Hauppauge TV tuner for DVR’ing and attached an antenna to my TV for OTA (over-the-air) stuff. I like the setup but I can feel the Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Netflix push coming. These companies know exactly what we’re up to and are very good at limiting our free accessibility. By doing so, all us DIY’ers will feel a bit of squeeze to throw in the towel, cave and either purchase subs from these companies or simply return to cable tv.

My question is for the Internet-only people who also feel the need to have a DVR: What is your current setup?

I might be due to upgrade my HTPC but am seeing lots of people say that HTPCs are fading away due to services like Roku and Apple TV. But what about DVR’ing?

Curious to see what solutions any of you have on this! Thanks for reading and for any input!

-Ricky
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2x HDHomeRun HDHR3 (total of 4 ATSC tuners) connected to a Mohu Leaf antenna

On the software side of things, Windows Media Center (on Windows 7) is what I use on 3 HTPC's for Live TV and DVR. Since the HDHomeRun is connected to the network, they just get shared among the HTPC's. However, I do have Amazon Prime (which I've already had for years for the 2-day shipping) and Netflix (used to have it for DVD and Blu-ray but I've downgraded to just streaming).
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Hm, the HDHomeRun HDHR3. I might look into that. Thanks for the response, rui-no-onna!
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Hm, the HDHomeRun HDHR3. I might look into that. Thanks for the response, rui-no-onna!

Note, the HDHR3 has since been replaced by the HDHR4 (~$110). You can still find it for around $65 manufacturer refurb on Newegg although you only get 90 days warranty. Also note that all my HTPC's are on wired gigabit. Wireless, isn't stable enough for glitch-free OTA HD in my experience.
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Good info, thanks again!
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