Triple digit golfer wrote:... thank you to all for your insightful posts regarding cutting the cord. We are still considering it and may wait until our Comcast contract is up in 18 months. By then I am thinking that the live TV streaming services will be even better.
Other options to consider: Tivo Roamio OTA and Channel Master DVR+. Why? Both these boxes are designed around free OTA TV, whereas the Roku box seems to support streaming-video only.
This topic has me dusting off my research. I'm coming at this problem (best/cheapest TV experience) from the opposite direction as a confirmed OTA-only TV viewer. My old analog TV died, replaced it with a new digital LCD TV, and was disappointed the new TV's (electronic program) guide feature is much worse than that on my old digital (to analog) TV converter box.
So I've looked for a box to give me a good OTA TV guide and DVR capability (never needed to record more than 2 OTA programs at once, while watching a third), and maybe a streaming video capability (if I get a faster internet connection than my current dial-up).
My research (internet and YouTube reviews) has led me to these boxes (~$400 each, but can be found for less with research). Of the two, the Tivo seems to be the most feature-packed. (Recall the two supported different wifi devices and streaming services.)
--Tivo Roamio OTA: 4 tuners/DVRs, 2-day TV guide w/o internet connection, 14-day TV guide + streaming video w/ internet connection.
--Channel Master DVR+: 2 tuners/DVRs, 2-day TV guide w/o internet connection, 14-day TV guide + streaming video w/ internet connection.
If I stay with just OTA TV (no streaming), looks like either above box would get me a better TV guide, allow me to record 2-4 OTA programs simultaneously, while using TV's built-in tuner to watch another live, for a total monthly subscription cost of $0 (zero). Adding an archived streaming video service would require a faster internet connection and monthly subscription*. (*Another research topic.)
Bottom line. If you want a box that supports free local OTA TV/guide/DVR, you can get it. If you want a box that supports subscription-based streaming video services, you can get it. If you want both integrated into one box, you can probably* get it. (* Depends upon supported services.)
From this topic I'm pleased to learn that I'd probably be happy with ~6 mbps internet to add streaming video. (I'm leaning toward powered-copper DSL so home landline phone will continue working during a power outage.) And that I don't need to buy a smart TV.
d.r.a, not dr.a. | I'm a novice investor, you are forewarned.