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Old 09-10-2015, 07:31 PM
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I am thinking of cutting the FIOS cord, and get rid of my $168/mo bill for nothing more than basic cable with HD tier. Too much $$$, so it's time to drop 'em.

For several years, I have had a good OTA ant on the roof, and it still works great. So that will get me network and PBS channels OTA. If I buy a Tablo DVR, can I connect a Roku in a way to record from it? Not sure what inputs are on a Tablo, or maybe a Magnavox DVR, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-M...Tuner/36246088 but if no HDMI input; possibly a converter from Monoprice?

Anybody find a way to do this?
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Don't think so. Roku is a computer if you will, the shows are from various sources on demand. So no way to program them like a dvr as they don't "air" they are only loaded when you request them.
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What's the point of DVR'ing content from a Roku when you can watch whatever you want anytime? Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question.
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What's the point of DVR'ing content from a Roku when you can watch whatever you want anytime? Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question.
Some programming on Roku isn't free. Maybe OP wants to only pay once, but view several times?
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My ROKU box has an HDMI and RGB outputs so I would think that you can record if you have a DVR with an HDMI in/out then use it in series prior to the input to your television. Or if your DVR has an RGB input. There are several different ROKU boxes available with different features.

BTW, we pulled the cable boxes out last year and don't miss the network programming, offensive commercials and various forms of brainwashing.

In addition, I checked the latest bill. Wifey has been paying monthly without checking it. The F^&*ing cable company was billing us for "Broadcast Basic" even though I terminated all television service. They installed a filter on our cable line to filter out the broadcast spectrum. I checked by hooking the coax directly to the set and programming it to external antenna. No signal. Made those thieves credit my account. Pricks made the process take an hour and a half of my time on the phone. Cable TV = Monopoly = Licensed Thievery. Those pricks have it locked up tighter than a tick's ass in my area. Can't even get over the air (broadcast) television.
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I'm not sure if it would work or not but please try it and let me know. I too don't understand why you would record from Roku though, you can watch the programs on it any time you want.
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Maybe he wants to take the DVD's onto his boat and watch them
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Most DVR that I know of, don't allow you to "record" from an input source on the fly and save it as a file (TV episode, video, etc) they are programmed based on a content programming schedule.

You could, however have a media center computer that you set to record as an intermediary between your input source (whatever that is, Roku in this case) and the output display. People have been doing this for years.

In fact, you may not even need a Roku with a media center computer if this is what you want to do, depending on the content sources you want to watch. You can get shows from iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, and any other online source, just not the Roku-only shows.
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The only way I know of doing it is with one of these

https://www.silicondust.com/

Then running this software on a computer to record the TV.
http://kodi.tv/

Run the same program on a raspberry pi or amazon fire tv and you can watch the recorded tv.
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Tivo Roamio OTA is $50 plus $15 a month subscription for a slick unit that DVRs OTA content. It can also do Netflix, Amazon and Hulu among others.
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Check out Playlater. I believe it does what you want. I haven't used it so I don't know how well it works.

http://www.playon.tv/playlater/faq
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Originally Posted by cwe123 View Post
What's the point of DVR'ing content from a Roku when you can watch whatever you want anytime? Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question.
I believe he wants to record over the air content and use a Roku to play it back. From reading his post I don't think he wants to view channels like Netflix on the Roku.
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Oh got it, I really only use mine for Netflix, HBO GO etc.
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Thank you for all the replies and suggestions... I've been gone all day, and just got home.

To answer the question of why I would even want to record Roku programming; 2 reasons.
1. I wanted to know if there was a way to select "record all shows of a series". Some of the programming may change from time to time, and if they drop something before we have watched them, I'd be SOL.

2. I want to be able to record programs to take with us in out RV, when we are in primitive (boondocking) campgrounds, far away from TV broadcast stations. We have small number of DVD's that we take with us, but at this point, it's watching the same thing over and over.

I guess there is no way to record "series" programming, since there's no programming guide such as FIOS has, but maybe still record individual shows, one at a time. I could take the DVR with us, and not have to burn DVD's.

I'll look into the other suggestions too. Some of them I have never heard of. Thanks again.

Keep the ideas flowing, if there's other options. I am stying to stay away from subscriptions, even if they ony are $15/mo. That's why I don't want to go with Tivo.
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Amazon prime will now let you download shows to watch later.

Or rent from redbox. I used to rent 4-5 record them from the disk and watch them later in exactly the scenario you describe.
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