|Item Weight||4.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 1.5 x 4 inches|
|Item model number||HW130STB|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
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Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box with Recording / Media Player / TV Tuner Function (HW130STB)
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- Receive Over-The-Air Digital Broadcast to your Analog and Digital TV, Projector, and Computer Monitor. Antenna Out Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function
- HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Out / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption, Auto Tuning, Timing Start Up & Shut Down.
- Real-Time Recording & Programmed Time Recording, recording require user to connect a USB 2.0 or 3.0 2.5" / 3.5" External Hard Drive via USB (Up to 2TB, MBR format) (USB Flash Drive Not recommended)
- USB Multimedia function play back Video, Music, Photo from USB Drive
- **PLEASE NOTE**:This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does NOT Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encrypted cable signal
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Receive Local TV Channel
Mediasonic ATSC digital TV converter box converts over-the-air ATSC digital TV broadcast to your analog and digital TV, projector, and computer monitor. It supports up to 1080P
Record and Playback your favorite TV show
HW130STB allows you to record TV show in USB 2.5" / 3.5" external hard drive and play back on your TV or Computer. USB flash drive is not recommended for recording function.
TV Tuner Function
HW130STB can be additional TV Tuner to your TV. If your TV does not have TV tuner, it can act as a receiver for over-the-air TV channel. If your TV already has a tuner, you can watch TV using existing tuner, and use this box to record another channel.
You can connect HW130STB to your TV by either HDMI or Composite or Coaxial port.
- TV Tuner Function: Add additional Tuner to your TV, some TV does not have built-in tuner, this can be an add-on to your TV. eg: compatible with VIZIO TV
- 12 hr. AM / PM time display
- EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and program information.
- Favorite Channel List
- Parental Control Function
- Closed Caption
- EAS (Emergency Alert System) to alert you any emergency information from TV station
- Real Time and Schedule Recording
This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air TV signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does Not Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does not work with encrypted cable signal.
This product ONLY work for ATSC signal. It will work in USA / Canada / Mexico / Bahamas / Dominican Republic / Suriname. For other countries, please check with your local TV signal before purchase this item.
TV Recording Important Note:
- Recommend USB 2.0 or 3.0 2.5" or 3.5" External Hard Drive
- Support up to 2TB. Hard Drive need to formatted in MBR Format
- Using USB Flash Drive does not provide smooth recording.
- Video is recorded in MTS format, and can be play back in Computer too
- Each hour of recording will take about 8GB
- Subtitle will be recorded only If it is turn on during the recording
|HW130STB||HW-150PVR||HW130RN||DVD Player w/ HDMI|
|Case Material||ABS Plastic||Metal||ABS Plastic||ABS|
|Product Size (Inch)||5 x 4 x 1.5||7.5 x 4.5 x 1.5||5 x 4 x 1.5||8.8 x 7.8 x 1.8|
|TV Tuner||✓||✓||✓||Progressive Scan|
|Media Player||✓||✓||✓||USB Multimedia|
|TV Recording||✓||✓||No||HDMI / AV / Coaxial Output|
Mediasonic HW130STB is a digital converter box which converts Over-The-Air ATSC digital broadcast to your analog and digital TV. The built-in recording function allows user to record their TV programs and play back. Please Note: this converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. >
TV Tuner Function: Additional TV Tuner for your TV. Some TV does not have built-in TV Tuner; this will be an add-on to your TV. For example: It works with VIZIO TV
TV Real Time and Schedule Recording (Require USB 2.0 or 3.0 external hard drive)
USB Multimedia function play back Video, Music, Photo from USB drive
EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and program information
Favorite Channel List
Parental Control Function
EAS (Emergency Alert System) to alert you any emergency information from TV station
Timing Start up and Shut down
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
Main Unit x 1
AC Power Adapter x 1
Remote Control x 1
AV Cable x 1
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1 Year Warranty from Mediasonic Store
This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does NOT Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encrypted cable signal
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Hook up the unit to the Co-Ax cable (not supplied, & yes, you must have input from an antenna, preferably a digital antenna), the HDMI cable (not supplied) going to the TV, and the power cord. Insert a USB Flash Drive (any kind will work – it does not have to be a “fast writing” one, but get one with at least 32 GB of memory, preferably more, if you do not delete shows after watching them). One hour of recording is about 6 GB.
Press the Menu button and arrow over to the 2nd icon (Picture) to set your screen size, then arrow over to the 3rd icon (Channel search) to automatically scan for channels (takes a few minutes). Next, arrow over to the 4th icon (Time) to set your time zone with DST ON (if in daylight saving time). You must set the local time correctly or shows will not be recorded correctly.
To record a program: push the EPG button & arrow sideways to get to the channel you want, then arrow down to the program & time that program is offered , press OK, arrow down to once, daily, or weekly, then press OK.
To watch a recoded program: push the USB button, arrow over to PVR icon>OK, HBPVR>OK, arrow up or down to your recorded program>OK. This will start the program off to the side of the TV screen, so then push the HOLD button to make it full screen. After that, use the typical play, pause, fast forward, etc. buttons on the remote.
This unit came with batteries not included. I hate to have to provide batteries of my own just to find that it is not working. I was not able to record. The unit did not recognize USB ("USB not inserted" message). Also, there was a very long delay time when using a remote. I have an older model (HW180STB) and it works with the same USB stick. The older model has an internal power source and I only turn it on to record and then turn it off immediately.
I use RCA converter boxes to watch TV. The only other model that I was able to find that has an external power source. They work the same as other converted boxes on the market, which means that they are not user friendly, are difficult to program, will spontaneously and frequently reset, fail to record and the like. The most serious drawback of RCA units is that recorded files get corrupted and won’t play properly if copied to another USB or a hard drive. That is not the case with Homeworks HW180STB and that is why I wanted a similar unit that I can leave turned on and that will last for a while. I guess I will have to keep looking.
Its autotuner has a "Cable" setting, but I don't have cable anymore so I can't test its ability or tuning range. The "User's Manual" that comes with it is notably sparse on that kind of information (or any other technical info for that matter.)
But for the price I don't think it can be beat as opposed to my old defunct Magnavox recorder other than no built in DVD recorder, but the PC can do that if I want.
One small point on my unit (V 2.1) -- if you start a recording manually, don't push the "STOP" button to halt the recording. Use the "EXIT" button otherwise the Homeworx hangs up and you have power down and re-boot. A small glitch in the scheme of things.
Mediasonic HOMEWORX HW130STB HDTV Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Player Function
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In our case we already had a Bell dish so we just reused the cables and put it in a window near the roof where we could get a good signal and we were good to go (see for yourselves in the video for proof!)
Bear in mind that your milage may vary depending on where you're located and where the nearest TV stations are in your area(we're close to downtown montreal so the signal was very good but in remote areas it might not be as good)
My only complain is the remote, it doesn't have a good range at all you have to be right in front of the TV for the remote to work but hey we get free tv !!
old cheap samsung 1080 - 23 channels, ~11 local/quebec, others Plattsburg n Burlington
2017 top of line LG OLED - 23 channels
brand new 2028 Sony higher end XBR-65X900f - 7 channels, can't even do all the local channels
Sony after lots of bs, will only take back tv if I pay $hundreds shipping
this homewox for $40 got me all 23 channels, tks to reviewer from montreal who commented on this detail before
30 second to set up, got all the channels immediately, so much for sony/all baloney
excellent picture quality
plastic unit is kind of light, with all the cabling , will move around. if metal box one is heavier perhaps is better choice
remote is slower compared to normal tvs, but I'll get used to it
remote pretty much has all the controls that one would expect, including switching to last channel viewed. Only wish
it has a btn to show me what channel I'm viewing.
have not used recording function yet, not expecting any problems as so far everything is working just as advertised
box seems to be manufactured good enough, only time will tell if long term reliability is a problem like some reviewers have encountered.
only one tuner, for the price, if I need to watch one channel and record a second one, I'll just buy another one.
Addendum after owning it for couple of months:
I wanted to leave it on all the time, but found out sometimes the sound from sound bar lags the image by a couple of seconds. Turning it off and then back on to reset the box removed the lag. So now I just turn it off when not using it.
On my Sony XBR65X900f tv and sony sound bar, if I connect it to the tv's hdml input, the image quality is not stable, I have to adjust it slightly all the time. And the sound also has slight lag. If I connect it to the sound bar's hdml input, the image quality is much better and the sound needs no adjustment for lag. So now I connect it to sound bar's hdml input. Not sure if this is a function of the STB or the Sony XBR. If I were to guess, I would guess it's the Sony's fault.
It’s not perfect as I find the remote button functions often slow to respond and the recordings very often contain video flaws the same as my old HW-150 PVR did, but this could be a reception problem.
My biggest complaint is that you cannot select the resolution of the internal recorder, as it always just copies the broadcast input resolution, which can go as high as 1080p and this uses a lot of drive space. You can however
select the resolution of the HDMI output, but unless you have another PVR for this it isn’t much help.
I find it convenient to only use a thumb drive in the front USB port, but if you want to use a large hard drive maybe the HW-150 with its additional rear USB port would be a better bet. Overall I am still happy with my purchase and would recommend this unit.