Author Topic: Quitting DISH: Best device to record programs  (Read 1088 times)

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Quitting DISH: Best device to record programs
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:54:16 PM »
I'm finally taking the plunge to completely quit paying for regular TV.  I have Prime and Acorn and think they will be enough.  BUT sometimes Acorn takes programs off the air.  I would like to be able to record some of them to watch at a later date. 

What are my best Mustashian options.

Jan

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Re: Quitting DISH: Best device to record programs
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 10:13:13 AM »
Get
  • Good antenna
  • XBMC installed on your PC
  • A good PC TV tuner card
  • A robust hard drive (2-3 TB should be good)

Once done, you can install plug-ins for XMBC that provide you a TV guide.  Identify what you want to record from your OTA antenna feed on that guide, and when it airs it will be saved & compressed to your hard drive for later viewing pleasure.  XBMC also handles gathering meta-data for your TV series and displaying your media library back to you in a usable format for easy selecting.

The above solution is a legit, low-cost & legal one that I employ.  Beyond an OTA antenna, there are also less than ethical/legal ways of sourcing your media, and then storing it within XBMC, but there are other forums for that.