Homeworx PVR with hdmi

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#1
Has anyone tried this out yet? If it works well at this price, it could be huge.

Amazon.com: HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box w/ Media Player & Recording PVR Function / HDMI Out: Electronics

http://forum.mediasonic.ca/viewforum.php?f=44

This looks likes the same box, but with clear QAM support,

http://www.amazon.com/iView-3500STB-DTV-Converter-Box/dp/B00BFIJQ10/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

The features look perfect, but, I'm mainly interested in knowing the quality of the atsc tuner.
 
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dkreichen1968

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MrPogi and I have the iView 3500STB's and MrPogi just purchased a HomeWorx HW-150PVR. They are very similar boxes, but the iView 3500 STB's firmware has serious problems. The HW-150PVR has new firmware which fixes most of the major problems. You can use the HomeWorks firmware with the iView, but The QAM goes away and you have to use a HomeWorx remote or a learning remote.
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#3
MrPogi and I have the iView 3500STB's and MrPogi just purchased a HomeWorx HW-150PVR. They are very similar boxes, but the iView 3500 STB's firmware has serious problems. The HW-150PVR has new firmware which fixes most of the major problems. You can use the HomeWorks firmware with the iView, but The QAM goes away and you have to use a HomeWorx remote or a learning remote.
Can you comment on the tuner vs a tv tuner?

This design seems so obvious. With a market potential of perhaps 10 to 50 million cable cutters I'm surprised I don't see more of these types of devices. Like this functionality built right into my Roku.
 

MrPogi

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#4
The tuner is not quite as sensitive as my TV sets and converter boxes, but not by much.

I can tell you that the HomeWorx HW-150PVR unit functions as it should, for the most part. Stay away from the iview 3500STB until they fix the firmware. The HW-150 PVR has its quirks, like no "weekday" scheduling, only "daily" and "weekly", EPG is from PSIP, etc. And as Dan said, the iview can be flashed with the HomeWorx firmware, but you will need the HomeWorx remote ($8 from the HomeWorx website), the QAM tuner will be disabled as well as the rudimentary games, and the front panel display and buttons except for the power button won't work.

You will need to update the HomeWorx unit with the latest v10 firmware.
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#5
The tuner is not quite as sensitive as my TV sets and converter boxes, but not by much.

I can tell you that the HomeWorx HW-150PVR unit functions as it should, for the most part. Stay away from the iview 3500STB until they fix the firmware. The HW-150 PVR has its quirks, like no "weekday" scheduling, only "daily" and "weekly", EPG is from PSIP, etc. And as Dan said, the iview can be flashed with the HomeWorx firmware, but you will need the HomeWorx remote ($8 from the HomeWorx website), the QAM tuner will be disabled as well as the rudimentary games, and the front panel display and buttons except for the power button won't work.

You will need to update the HomeWorx unit with the latest v10 firmware.
Well, I can only say this box is awesome. $44 well spent. The tuner shows less signal strength than my year old 55 inch LED Panasonic. But it holds the channels much better. In particular, CBS never experiences the 1 second blackouts that have always occurred with the panny tuner. DVR function and picture quality are nearly flawless. My only issue is that volume level seems to be less than the Panasonic gets when tuning directly from the antenna.

I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase.
 

MrPogi

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#6
It's not just a cheap PVR, it's an adventure!
(And maybe someday all the bugs will be worked out of it!)
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#7
It's not just a cheap PVR, it's an adventure!
(And maybe someday all the bugs will be worked out of it!)
One feature I really like is just hitting info twice on the remote gives you the signal quality meter. Discovered that one by accident, since the manual makes no mention of that function.
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#8
I would like to see the ability to start watching a recorded show before the recording is done. Seems like that should be possible in a single tuner device.
 
#9
It's not just a cheap PVR, it's an adventure!
(And maybe someday all the bugs will be worked out of it!)
C'mon, let's not get CRAZY! They don't have all the bugs out of Win XP, and it's been out OVER 10 YEARS. They're going to discontinue what has passed for "support" early next year. :rolleyes:

Rick
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#10
Yeah, I haven't really seen anything I would call a "bug" yet. Some of the features could be made more friendly, but all in all, this box is exactly what I had been looking for, and the fact that it's tuner works better for me than the one in my year old Panasonic, is the bonus I wasn't expecting.
 

MrPogi

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#11
You'll find the bugs as you use it more and push it harder. But compare it to any other PVR in its price range - there are none.
 
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#13
Why not just buy it and try?

If Hauppage makes a PVR with an ATSC tuner, I'm unaware of it. Certainly not for under $50. Why not just buy the HomeWorx and try it - at that price, it's less than a tank of gas.
How does Homeworx compare to Hauppauge PVR?
 
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#14
"you will need to update the HomeWorx unit with the latest v10 firmware." NOT for newer units - see the HomeWorx home page.
 
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#15
I believe I have successfully started watching a recorded show from the beginning before the recording is done. I don't recall if the recording was started by a timer event OR if I hit record when the show started. I believe it was probably the latter case. While the show is still recording, hit Pause and then Rewind to the beginning. I also seem to remember discovering if I hit Play while the show was recording that it automatically jumped back the beginning and started to play back the show being recorded.
 

garyh

DTVUSA Member
#16
I believe I have successfully started watching a recorded show from the beginning before the recording is done. I don't recall if the recording was started by a timer event OR if I hit record when the show started. I believe it was probably the latter case. While the show is still recording, hit Pause and then Rewind to the beginning. I also seem to remember discovering if I hit Play while the show was recording that it automatically jumped back the beginning and started to play back the show being recorded.
Interesting. Can anyone confirm this? I don't have access to mine for a few months. Perhaps the mediasonic moderator can confirm these important operations.
 

MrPogi

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#18
HomeWorx posts updates on their forum. Unfortunately, the forum is down at this time. Mediasonic Forum • Information reports:
Sorry we are doing updates to the Forum, if you need support during this time, please email rma_east AT mediasonic.ca
For more info about whether your PVR needs an update, see here. This box is similar to several other brands, but the firmware is NOT interchangeable.
 
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#19
Like iview

I just tried two versions Walmart had ematic 103 and rca dta880 $40&$50. Same software and features the e had better remote but rca was more sensitive tuner and sw more refined. Both work worked good as tuners as I used just $8 rabbit ears old faithful. It's not quite fast enough recording at 1080 unless you have a good signal over 70%. Tuneer alone will not do dropping. It may just be the jump drive or USB speed problem. I wrote to say your time shift question or pause live signal. I didn't realize until the rca that the jump drive can't handle time shift only record. It will not try to use jump for time shift e tried and failed. Hdd USB being about 2-4times faster throughput would probably fix the problem. Jumps have fast writes but slower throughput.
 
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