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Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD Converter Box with Recording, HDMI Output

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  • Converts Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV
  • Analog Pass Through
  • Favorite Channel List
  • Parental Control Function
  • Auto Tuning
  • Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen

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Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD Converter Box

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Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR is a versatile digital converter box. It converts Over-The-Air Digital broadcast to your analog or digital TV, projector, and computer monitor.

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The built-in HDMI 1080P output lets you connect to an HDTV for big-screen excitement. The Media Player function allows user to play back video files via USB connection. It supports USB flash drive up to 64GB or USB 3.5" external hard drive up to 2TB.

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Don’t be upset that you’ll miss your favorite TV shows. The Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR enables real-time recording and programmed time recording. Use it to record your favorite TV shows (suggest to use USB 3.5" external hard drive), and watch them at a later time.

You will also fall in love with the convenient features, such as timing start-up & shut-down, parental control function, closed caption etc.

Please Note: This product doesn’t work with cable company, such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, Shaw Cable, etc. In General, this product doesn’t work with encrypted cable signal.

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Mediasonic HomeWorX
Model
HomeWorX HW150VR

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Specifications
Connectors: HDMI 1080P Output / YPbPr output / Coaxial Output

Features

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Features
Converts Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV

Analog Pass Through

Favorite Channel List

Parental Control Function

Auto Tuning

Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen

Closed Caption

Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Reocrding

Timing Start Up & Shut Down

USB Multimedia Player
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
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1/ 5
Just stopped working, not very intuitive in the first place

Pros: Tuned the tv, recorded shows over USB

Cons: Bad interface that is very unintuitive. Stopped working altogether despite trying it on different TVs. The light comes on on the front, but nothing through the HDMI and nothing through the RCA cables. Disposable item that is filling up our landfills.

Other Thoughts: Only used it a few times and it was always in the same place, so it's not like it was abused. Very dissatisfied.

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Verified Owner
4/ 5
Does the job, not glamorous

Pros: This box is dead simple to set up. Attach your appropriate cables, hook up the antenna and turn the box on. Then run the automatic channel search. If it misses any channels go through the manual search option one RF channel at a time.

Cons: The cons are not really cons but the things I wish were explained better. I wish there were better directions explaining what some of the functions were when it came to what the options were for the record function. The USB port being in the front isn't the most convenient place place and your USB cable blocks the RF sensor because if you put any stress on the USB port it disconnects the external HDD.

Other Thoughts: If you want a no frills box that can be a cheap DVR box just by adding an external HDD this will do the job. Programming the recordingsit reminds me of a VCR from the 90s, fairly straight forward but can be confusing nonetheless.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great product

Pros: great features an a great buy

Cons: little slow executing commands

Other Thoughts: Highly recomend

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Excellent HDTV Tuner box for money

Pros: Price
Quick start up times (Compare to my windows media center)
Ease of Setup
HD Video clean (due to GE antenna)
5.1 Dolby Digital (RAW) sound

Cons: Cheap Remote

Other Thoughts: I got Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC and GE 24792 Compact Attic Mount Antenna With Mount working to gather. Tossed away Windows PC with media center and replaced with this solution. Very Very happy with this. I wish I would have known about the Tuner and GE antenna a year ago...

I have it hooked up to Onkyo 506 receiver and projector in media room... Happy Happy Happy...

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Updated. With new firmware everything NOW works as it should.

Pros: It will dial in tv channels. It will record it you press the record button while watching a show. It records the show via the EPG button and scheduling it that day. Cheap compared to the alternatives.

Cons: UPDATE 11/2/2016: Although it took 2 emails spaced two weeks apart Mediasonic finally replied with a firmware update for the PVR. I have been using Firmware v5.3 for the past two weeks and now it has recorded a weekly show twice in the past two weeks. It seems this firmware update has fixed the issue that I was reporting below in V5.0. I'm also going to give it 5 stars now instead of 3 since now it is doing what I bought it to do.


ORIGINAL REVIEW:
According to Mediasonic the HW150PVR is supposed to record and play in Dolby digital 5.1 although my 9.2 Pioneer receiver shows otherwise. It show the playback is in stereo

According to Mediasonic the HW180PVR will record in 5.1 but only plays back in stereo. Ok what's the point?

The problem with this PVR however is as follows:
I have programmed it to record a show every Monday from 8pm to 10pm and it has NEVER once recorded the show automatically. When the time comes the PVR device does not record the show. It does however reschedule itself to record the following week. Then the following week comes and it doesn’t record the show and once again reprograms itself to record the show the following week.

The only way it records automatically is if I use the EPG button and schedule the show to record the day of the show. Then it will start recording that evening. This does not help when I am out of town.

Also, Sometimes I get garbled sound coming out and I have to turn off the PVR and turn it back on to fix this.

Playback of recorded shows using a USB thumb drive is horrible. I then installed a 1tb hard drive into a USB hard drive enclosure and now the shows will record in perfect quality so plan on buying an external hard drive with a USB connector

Other Thoughts: If you are going a release a product please make sure that all the functions work before releasing it. This is an acceptable PVR but I think it's time to poney up the big bucks and but the Channel Master DVR

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Lasted 2.5 years. Then died. No subscription or monthly payments. OTA only.

Pros: Records from OTA. It is able retrieve the Electronic Program Guide from the channel it self. It records in a format that is readily available to transfer(by physically removing your own hard drive from the dvr and connecting and playing on regular computer video player). No subscription like some other dvr units. Price seemed reasonable compared to other subscription dvr companies out there.

Cons: My unit started not showing anything on the screen. Also it started just rebooting, then, dead. Purchased In November 2013, died in August 2016. Died after ~2.5 years. Is that good or bad? Not sure to give them 2 stars or 3. It may have been due to some bad capacitors. Other HW150VR owners have had this same issue as well. If you open up the unit(especially after warranty) you may see some brown goo near the big capacitor. And more goo in other 2 locations. I first thought, "Can this be some kind of glue or heat dissipation goo?". But I dont think it is. Dont know if I should recommend this company or not. I will attempt to repair by replacing the capacitors, but like some other people have said, spending more than 1 hour to fix it may not be worth it.

Other Thoughts: I would like to know if the company has put better,longer, lasting capacitors in their newer units.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Works good but some bugs

Pros: Works fine as a converter box, I'm watching over-the-air digital broadcasting on an old fashioned non-digital television. Picture and sound are good quality as long as you have good signal strength and a good antenna.

Cons: Channels disappear out of the channel list from time to time forcing you to do a re-scan to put them back.

There is a firmware bug in the timer function where it will not let you select some channels for recording even though you receive the channels just fine. If there's something you want to record on one of the missing channels you have to be there to manually start and stop the recording which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a timer.

Other Thoughts: If you just want a converter box this will work fine, if you want reliable recording of all channels you may want to look around some more.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
It works, but not so well with a 4:3 TV set

Pros: None (with a 4:3 set)

Cons: Not really meant for a 4:3 TV set

Other Thoughts: The picture is either stretched & compressed or tall and squeezed. Could not get it to fill a 4:3 set nicely

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