Updated June 21, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 6 Best DVR Recorders For TV

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you use a cable box or a digital antenna to watch TV, adding the ability to record shows that you might miss can be prohibitively expensive, costing a hardware upgrade from your provider or an added subscription fee for their DVR service. The recorders on our list put all that power in your hands, allowing you to manage your payment plan and the size of your hard drive. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best dvr recorder for tv on Amazon.

6. AirTV Dual Tuner

5. Tablo Dual For Cord Cutters

4. Tivo Bolt Vox 500

3. Tivo Bolt OTA

2. Tablo Dual Lite OTA

1. Fire TV Recast

Editor's Notes

June 18, 2019:

Given that the R in DVR stands for Recorder, it was initially important that any device included on this list be able to do everything short of receiving an OTA signal or displaying recorded images (you'd ideally have a TV and an antenna/cable box for those things). In other words, we wanted DVRs that could record, so models with internal storage took precedent. Unfortunately, only Tivo units, the Fire Recast, and some Tablo offerings had built-in storage, and the rest of the market seems to want to run with external hard drives. At the end of the day, this might actually make file management easier for most users, so we went ahead and included the best of the market's models without built-in storage, as well. Our number one pick — the Amazon Fire TV Recast — turned out to boast a hefty internal hard drive in addition to some of the best features you'll find. And because it sends video signals over Wi-Fi, you can place it and your antenna pretty much anywhere in your home to maximize reception.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on June 21, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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