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Cable, Satellite, and OTA Product Reviews

When you think home theater, you probably think movie watching, but TV watching is also a big part of the everyday home entertainment experience. A majority of Americans still get their TV service from a cable or satellite provider, but the rise of streaming video services like Netflix and Amazon Video have inspired a new generation of cord-cutters and reinvigorated product categories like over-the-air antennas and standalone HD DVRs. Here you'll find resources and reviews of products in these categories.

Reflections From a Recent Cord Cutter
Five Questions to Consider Before Cutting the Cord
What's the Skinny on Skinny TV Bundles?
What kind of OTA antenna do you need? Check your location at AntennaWeb.org.
What is a CableCARD?

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AT&T U-verse DVR and Service Reviewed

AT&T U-verse DVR and Service Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
1.5 Stars
 

U-verse is a fiber optic based broadband service capable of supplying high speed Internet, phone service and digital TV to residences. Overall reviews of the picture quality, especially in HD, were not very favorable and there was little to separate this product from the competition... Read More

 
TiVo Premiere HD DVR Reviewed

TiVo Premiere HD DVR Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

There are two models to consider here: the TiVo Premeire and the TiVo Premeire XL. It features a 320GB hard drive and provides up to 45 hours of HD recording. You can record up to two shows at the same time or watch one show while recording another. There are a ton of Web and networking friendly features... Read More

 
Moxi HD DVR Reviewed

Moxi HD DVR Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Moxi has been making a name for itself in the DVR industry and we can see why. There are two and three tuner configurations available and this model features a 500GB hard drive with the ability to add more storage. It permits access to Netflix, Rhapsody, Hulu and many more and the service is free once you pay for the box... Read More

 
DirecTV HR23 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR Reviewed

DirecTV HR23 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

This is the next step up from DirecTV's HR21. It has a larger hard drive which allows for about 100 hours of HD recording and 400 hours of SD recording. No BBC box is required to get the full HD lineup. However, even through you pay to "buy" this DVR, DirecTV still owns it and charges monthly equipment fees... Read More

 
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Read More

 
DirecTV H20 Satellite Receiver Reviewed

DirecTV H20 Satellite Receiver Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Like DirecTV's television signal, the HD picture quality is better than many cable services. This box is easy to set up and easy to use although you still have to pay monthly rental fees after acquiring the box. Overall, this receiver gets high marks from out editors... Read More

 
DirecTV HR21 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR Reviewed

DirecTV HR21 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

DirecTV's primary HD DVR features a 320GB hard drive and gives you the ability to record two shows at once or watch one show while recording another. Some VOD programming is available. This interface is not quite as intuitive as the TiVo interface and does not offer as many services as the TiVo does... Read More

 
Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD Cable Receiver Reviewed

Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD Cable Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This receiver allows you to easily add external hard drives if you need to increase storage capacity and it permits the recording of two shows simultaneously. The biggest drawbacks are that it takes time to switch between standard and HD channels and it sometimes freezes up and rebooting takes about 15 minutes... Read More

 
Humax DRT800 DVD Recorder with TiVo Service Reviewed

Humax DRT800 DVD Recorder with TiVo Service Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This unit combines a DVD recorder with a TiVo DVR and provides the best of both worlds. You can use the 80GB hard drive to store shows and then determine whether or not you wish to record them on DVDs. TiVo's user friendly system is a benefit but downloading the TV guide takes a little bit too long... Read More

 
ViewSonic NextVision HD12 Reviewed

ViewSonic NextVision HD12 Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This product is designed to bring in the highest quality HD picture via the old fashioned rooftop antenna. Both the sound and picture quality this unit provides are excellent although programming the channels does take a bit longer than most users would like... Read More