• eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
  • eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide
eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide

eXuby Digital Converter Box for TV, Antenna, HDMI and RCA Cable - Complete Bundle to View, Record HD Channels Instant or Scheduled Recording, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output and 7 Day Program Guide

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  • WATCH FREE DIGITAL CHANNELS - On your HDTV, tube TV, LCD, LED, projector etc. - Multiple outputs: HDMI, component, coaxial and RCA - *Number of Channels Vary on Location and Antenna Strength*
  • 1080P FULL HD RESOLUTION - Sit back and enjoy pristine video quality - Or adjust the resolution to your heart's desires: 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 576p
  • RECORDING CAPABILITIES (External Storage Device REQUIRED) - Record your favorite shows by connecting a USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive (not included).
  • ALWAYS KNOW WHAT'S PLAYING - Use the electronic program guide (EPG) to know every show and movie and when it is on 7 days in advance - Also, plug in your hard drive and watch movies, listen to music and view your pictures
  • PERFORMANCE & LONGEVITY - eXuby Digital Converter Boxes are developed with quality in mind for dependable performance - And they are made to be durable ensuring longevity

Customer Reviews

Junk - one died shortly after purchase - the other one failed before fourth month of usei had purchased two units one was this one the other had a more rectangular shape. I believe both units are made by the same company. The rectangular unit failed very quickly and they did not have any others. As I preferred the user interface of the rectangular unit see http://www.amazon.com/Digital-converter-Recording-Channels-Scheduled/dp/B0186C1RCS?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00 the seller did not have any more of the rectangular units at the time so agreed to give me another one of these units (thus giving me two of the same, this one being reviewed). I am quite confident that this unit and the one it replaced share many of the same components (junk). These units would be great if they had any kind of longevity. But this replacement unit has failed in just under four months and the seller only has a 30 day return policy. I strongly urge anyone looking to purchase a tuner to invest a few more dollars and buy one produced by a more reputable manufacturer such as Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, whoever. I am now going to use the remaining "backup" unit (remember I purchased 2), but I have ZERO confidence in its reliability. I have never had a tuner fail in a VCR, or TV, or DVD tuner, but these guys managed to supply me with TWO that failed!1Works great if you don't have a digital TVGot this for a refurbished Samsung 27" LED full HD monitor that I'd bought for $100 from another online vendor. Since the monitor has no TV tuner, I got this so I can watch local news, sports, and other programmings as I don't own a digital TV, or any TVs for that matter. Works great. I connect to the monitor via the HDMI ports at both ends. But I routed the audio from the converter's RCA stereo jacks to a 2.1 speaker system. Now I can watch local TV in high def with a stereo pseudo-surround sound for $30 plus a $10 indoor unidirectional paper-flat antenna. The remote is a nice feature. Also, my laptop is connected to the Samsung monitor via a Display Port port, and since the Samsung monitor has auto input signal detection, I don't have to keep unplugging and plugging in cables, but just let the monitor do its thing. Very convenient and I'm very happy that I got this box.5For cord cutters the Good, Bad and the UglyI'll start with the Ugly: This item was priced $30. Plus $8.00 shipping and handling, with tax it's a $40.00 solution. It didn't work for us, so I had to pay to ship it back, bummer.The Bad: The seller doesn't specify which product you are getting, we received the " I VIEW - 3200STB-A. This unit has terrible reviews.The antenna that comes with the unit was worthless for us, unless you live very close to a tower, you still need to purchase an OTA HD antenna.The instructions are 19 pages and not very good at all. It took a lot of trial and error and playing around with it to get everything working. You have to be fairly computer savvy and patient to make it work for you. It's not intuitive.As the description states this unit is for recording ONE show at a time. You can't watch something else while it's recording. If you are watching a recording, it will switch to live mode to record something else. One tuner only.You can't really watch while it's recording and pause, and skip commercials, it just stops recording.Before we hooked up this unit we were getting about 30 channels. After we hooked it up, we were down to 10. The picture started flickering and our reception became more spotty.The recording and playback features are very clunky. You select what you want to record, the system still requires you to manually input date, time, etc. When you play back a show it's hard to fast forward and play back because the remote is very unresponsive. It's frustrating. It tells you if there is a conflict in scheduling, but then I had to go all the way back to the beginning to record. Sometimes it simply decided the show I wanted to record was not recordable.Overall, we returned it after 3 days. My husband wasn't willing to learn all of it's quirks. The remote is small with tiny lettering, I had to look up functions in the manual continually.Now for the GOOD: This unit kicked Tablo's butt! Tablo costs $200.00. This unit was easier to setup and use. We sent the Tablo back after one day.You don't need an Internet connection to setup and use this box.Economical solution if you want to have free over the air TV with a recorder. This unit costs about $40, plus you need an antenna $20-80, plus an external storage unit $20-100. Our cost for all 3 were about $170. That's about $14.00 per month the first year, for one TV.If you don't mind the clunky interface or if you watch a lot of PBS and want to watch on your schedule, this is the solution for you.If you want more information please read the other reviews. In the end, remember that this is a cheaper solution than cable and satellite services.2Functional Product but with annoying bugs.Objectives: I wanted to upgrade the house from old tube TV's and , yes, VHS recorder technology to digital technology but still have the option to record a show broadcast over the air and I wanted to cut the ridiculously expensive cable service. Essentially, these were to replace the two VHS recorders I had, one in the great room and one in the bedroom.Extra equipment needed to meet my objective: a 64 gig 2.0 USB flash drive ($20), a 2 way RF coaxial splitter ($5) and two 3 foot coaxial cables ($5ea). This equipment was needed for each converter box.My best equip setup was: Antenna coax cable to the 2 way splitter. A short coax cable from the splitter to the converter box "in coax port" and a short coax cable from the splitter to the Tv "in coax port". A HDMI cable from the converter box to the TV HDMI input. This configuration allows me to record one channel while watching another channel on the TV. (note: you can not do this using an old analog TV. You will only be able to watch what you are recording) The 2 way splitter is necessary because if you use the coax out on the converter box to the digital TV's coax in port, the signal weakens and in my case I lost about 6 channels.Pros: Their basic functions work. By basic I mean it finds channels, delivers a good picture and records well. Their tuner picked up all the Over the air broadcast channels that my new Digital Tv's picked up. The picture and sound is as good as the new TV's. I also tested it with my old analog Tv's and they worked. The picture was as good as one could expect on the older TV's. It records and plays back fine. A 64 gig flash drive will get you about 10.5 hrs of Hi Def recording time. This is the largest flash drive it supports. This number of record-able hours assumes that you are only recording Hi def (ie 1900x1040) broadcast signals so this is the worst case scenario. A High def signal uses about 5.4 gig/hr while recording and the unit requires about 6 gig of space for its setup so only 58 gig are available for recording. However, many of the channels in my area are broadcast in 720x480 which only uses about 1.5 gig/hr. So how many hours you can record all depends on what is being broadcast and what you like to record. You can also get a 2.0 USB hardrive which will give you many hours of recording time. I did the flash drive because I wanted to be able to record a show downstairs and if I want to watch it upstairs I could just plug in the flash drive in the upstairs unit. This works flawlessly. And I only do light recording so the 10 hrs works fine. Exuby delivered the units quickly and in good condition.Cons: The software is quite buggy but still functional and I doubt they are going to fix them. The menu flow is functional but could be greatly improved. Some of the buttons don't do what the screen says but are assigned to the wrong buttons on the remote (eg under the EPG "Electronic Programming Guide" menu, page up and page down are buttons 1 & 2, not the buttons the screen shows). The "7 day" EPG is a misleading statement. Yes it is technically possible to get 7 days of programming on the over the air EPG. But that depends on your local broadcasters. In my area, they broadcast any where from 6 to 24hrs of guide information. So this is not a problem with the converter box. Mine picks up what information is sent, but North America is known for not sending much guide info over the air. The "book" function in the EPG is pretty useless. The way the screen looks, the user expects that the highlighted show and all the information will be scheduled to record. Nope. All it does is take the user to a screen that requires the user to manually enter all the information to record the show (ie. channel, date, time etc.). Very annoying! But it will record properly. There are many other menu bugs like this that are sloppy and annoying but so far I haven't found any functional show stoppers. I am keeping my fingers crossed.So would I recommend it? Yes, but only for converting digital over the air to an old analog TV. It works fine for that. If recording is your objective, only if you record occasionally which is my case. The many annoying software bugs aren't so bad if you use it occasionally and only the cheap price makes the menu bugs acceptable. But if you want sophisticated, stream lined, easy to use, bug free recording for heavy use, the menu bugs would probably drive you crazy. You are going to have to pay much more for a device to get that quality. So for price and light light recording use its ok.3I don't regret trying it but I wouldn't do it again. Buy a Tablo.This dern thing doesn't keep the right time, no matter what you do, which is a problem because it records according to ITS time. Good luck figuring out when the time changes forward or back ten minutes! So, being the reasonable person I am, I just set it to record 15 minutes early and end 15 minutes late, which works, IF you don't mind fast forwarding for 5-10 minutes (at the fastest speed, 32x) to get through the first 15 minutes AND it doesn't change the time on you again without you realizing it.I thought I was being smart by buying an antenna (I see it comes with one now but it didn't when I ordered it), a hard drive, and this guy instead of paying $7/month for CBS All Access (WITH FULL COMMERCIALS, I might add!) so I could just record my own shows on local stations and watch everything possible on Hulu and Netflix with my Roku but honestly, it's not worth it. I've missed SO many of my favorite shows now that I think it would just be worth it to pay for CBS All Access (it hurts me deeply to say that). Sure, you could still use it to record specials or something that won't be on Hulu but just plan on being disappointed when you get around to trying to watch it. If any sports run late, you'll miss the end of your show, if it records it at all. It's terribly complicated to record, considering you have to set the time in military time, get the network right (it doesn't record channel 4 on channel 4, it records channel 4 in whatever order it picked it up when it was set up, sort of. Complicated, I tell you! I renamed all the networks so I know which one I'm recording on, but occasionally it decides to forget that information and you have to re-enter everything. Once recorded, good luck figuring out which one is the one you want to watch.This pic (please excuse my glare) is of the screen that shows your recorded programs. Please note that I've already manually changed WHBF to CBS, etc. This is what you get. No, you CANNOT go through each one and name them, neither before or after they're recorded, even though the manual says you can after they're recorded, which sounds like fun (ugh). The button on the remote that is supposed to control that function does nothing, and believe me, I've tried a hundred times, though I can't imagine what help that would be anyway. The long number at the front is the date of the recording, the 4-digit number that follows is the time the recording started, NOT what time you scheduled it to start, but when it ACTUALLY started recording, which is important, so you don't expect it to be the same every time. Now if you're well-accustomed to military time, it shouldn't take you long to figure out 1845 means 6:45pm, 15 minutes before your show started on 03312016, so long as you already know which days your shows air, and which channel.And don't plan on trying to outsmart it and only watch ALL of your recordings in one day, unless nothing else is scheduled to record during that block of time- because when it's recording, you can't even see the title of the show, the channel lineup, set other recordings, change the channel, or watch anything already recorded. You can't do ANYTHING, zero buttons work except to stop the recording. So while I'm sitting there, watching my shows on a Sunday night, forgetting that I can't set Stephen Colbert to record only on weeknights (unless I want to enter it as a separate recording for each day, the only other option is "every day" so yes, you WILL have to filter through them to see which ones the show actually aired and which ones are just whatever was playing on the weekends), it will start flashing to warn me that it's about to record and change the channel. It won't tell me what it is or what channel it's going to record, so I have to wait and see, 15 full minutes before the show is set to begin (because I have it set to start recording early because of the time issue).I gave it two stars though; one, because it DOES record. And the other, because the company offered me a refund about two months in and I decided to keep it, hoping to smoke out those buttheads at CBS that charge $7/month for a free local station (streaming-only in my area, nothing live available) with FULL commercial breaks whereas ABC, NBC, and FOX offer most (if not all) shows for free on Hulu (with paid subscription, of course). Sadly, I believe they've won this round, which especially sucks since they often don't even play my favorite shows for weeks or months on end in favor of sports coverage. If I had the cash, I'd buy a Tablo and give them my $6/month instead of CBS All Access.2Superior Reception and Great ValueThis is much more than just a converter box, and is a great value. We have had the device for just a few days, so I can't speak to longer term reliability.Installation was fairly easy; the default settings were perfect for my application. The manual is just OK - the essential information is there, but some grammar/typo errors and low quality printing make it hard to read. If you have connected a TV to other devices like DVD, Stereo, Apple TV, you should not have any trouble.The box works very well to get local broadcast TV via antenna. I have checked out the record and pause features, and they seem to work reliably, although it is a little hard to learn how to use them, and you do need your own storage device. I had no idea that TV stations broadcast a program guide, so that feature was an unexpected bonus.We cut the cable a long time ago. We have watched over the air broadcast TV with our Panasonic Plasma TV since about 2007 in two different cities. We now live in Savannah, GA and at our location we had occasional bad reception on a favorite channel. Another smaller TV in a different place in the house had better reception, so it occurred to me that perhaps not all tuners are created equal. I searched for tuners and found this device. Since the cost was fairly low and the reviews were generally good, I decided to give the box a try. I connected it to the same antenna we have been using, linked it to the TV with an HDMI cable, and WOW! The box definitely gets better reception than the expensive TV. There have been no dropouts and the quality of the picture is better, with crisper HD images.We use a Logitech Harmony 650 Universal remote. Programming was straightforward. I found "iView 3200STB" in the Logitech device list and it works perfectly. Our device doesn't have the iView brand; but is apparently identical to it. Another reviewer mentioned that you have to point the included remove accurately right at the box, and I noticed that, too. The universal remote is better.5Good converter... With EPG!It has coax cable, composite, and HDMI connection ports. I has EPG (electronic program Guide) that displays all programs that the broadcast signal from local TV stations are sending. (Information may be from 4 up to 12 hours depending on how much program data the local station chooses to include in there broadcast signal).This EPG does not display individual program information and only displays information for the current channel that is tuned at the time the EPG is selected.It does not retain memory of channels as you change stations the guide has to reload.This converter has the ability to record using a usb device like a thumb drive. which I have not attempted to use.It also will not allow adding channels manually that have a weak signal.pluses: connection ports, Recording function, EPG. minus: No manual tuning, Limited information on EPG.I would have given 5 stars if the Guide had a memory function that allowed all information from channels tuned to appear on a grid and program information on individual programs. Some of the early converter boxes could do that, but, none of the new ones I have seen have that ability.If TV manufacturers would include full EPG in there HDTV sets I would not have to buy a converter. (Some sets display current program info but I can see the program I m watching so that is useless).4Butt saver!Thieves broke into my house, and broke my TV. They jerked the cable / antenna input out of the set. I got this item so I could view over the air broadcast through my HDMI input. It works great! I have to use the built in tuner, but it seems to work fine.The device has it's own built in RF amp, and I hat to take my existing amp out of the loop to make it work properly.You can choose any output resolution you desire, which brings me to the only possible improvement I would suggest to the manufacturer. I would like it better if the unit automatically matched the output resolution to the input resolution. It I've got 720P, 1080I, or 480I, or whatever in, that's what I want out. It's impossible to make a signal better electronically, so why try?Anyway the tuner works great, and saves me from buying another tv. As a bonus, you can add a USB flash drive, or HDD, and this thing becomes a DVR! I haven't tried it yet, but will soon, so I can record shows that broadcast while I'm at work.4Pretty good --- for a "poor-man's" PVR!So, I've been using this iView for a couple of weeks. Basically, it works as promised.Setup is pretty straight forward. Although it comes with a teenie tiny whip antenna, I would certainly recommend something more substantial. The TV I use it with is connected to an outdoor antenna. I live in a strong signal area, but when the main signal from the antenna goes into the iView, then back into the TV, it's weakened to a small degree. From going through this process, I lost the signals of 2 regional channels. Without the iView, they were constant. The TV itself doesn't show signal strength but I guess those channels were less than what the iView is willing to accept. There's also a way of manually setting channels which is good. But obviously if the unit isn't receiving a strong enough signal, it can't memorize the channel.Connecting it is easy. Scanning for channels is also a simple process. Once connected you can either record on a channel you're watching, or schedule a recording for later. Like some other buyers, I bought a 64gb flash drive for the iView to record to. It works well. Scheduling an event is relatively simple, although the first few times I made the mistake of not changing the default selection of "view" to "record", just before hitting 'okay' to confirm the settings. The result, was that the set program did not record.Recorded programs playback well, and you can rename the recorded file to whatever you want. The only thing I've noticed is that the playback volume is very low and needs to be turned up quite a bit to hear it at a normal volume level. The other thing about playback, is that if you need to pause it...JUST pause it. If you hit the stop button, you'll need to start again from the beginning when you're ready to resume. Obviously if you noted the "time counter" when you stopped, then you could fast forward. Easier though just to pause. It appears it will remain paused indefinitelyOverall, as a budget means of recording off-air TV, I would recommend this converter box/PVR. It just takes a few tries at first getting used to it.4Pretty GoodPretty good. I just returned a competitor product that developed multiple failures within 12 hours. So I was not very confident that any of those cheap TV recorders would be good or last long. I seems that 20% of reviews on most cheap OTA DVRs are 1 star. So, maybe quality control is an issue with some manufacturers. But most sellers offer quick replacement in case of defect. Well, this one so far works very nicely. The printed manual was useless. But just playing with the remote, trying all the buttons, it was easy to figure out what does what. For example:1) EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) button leads to timer programming. One needs to set the timer 5 minutes early, since the internal clock synchronises over the air about 2 minutes late. No big deal, just add 5 minutes before and to be save, also after the wanted recording time. Does not know summertime, so need to set the GMT offset accordingly. Tried daily recording, and it did daily.2) USB button leads to playback. Playback remembers the last position, so you can pause, exit, and on another day, come back, and it asks if you want to resume or go to beginning. It does not skip in 5/30 minutes intervals, but it offers 2/4/8/16/32 times fast forward/reverse, and skip to next/previous recording.3) Pause/Play button during live TV enters delay mode, so you can pause live TV in case your phone/doorbell rings.4) MTS files can be read by a computer for editing, in case you want to archive/crop/edit. HD needs about 6GB/hour. Records in one large file per show.5) Tried USB2 32GB stick and USB2 160GB HD, both worked perfectly.6) The unit gets hand-warm, the antenna connector a little too warm to touch. Worries me a little in terms of thermal stress on the semiconductors.So far so good after 2 days of testing. The convenience of being able to record TV and watch later with fast forward over commercials and boring content is a huge time-saver and definitely pays off very quickly if you value your time in terms of money. The option to archive health shows on PBS/WEDU is a really good option too, since sometimes it requires watching them more than once to get all important details.5
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Description
  • WATCH FREE DIGITAL CHANNELS - On your HDTV, tube TV, LCD, LED, projector etc. - Multiple outputs: HDMI, component, coaxial and RCA - *Number of Channels Vary on Location and Antenna Strength*
  • 1080P FULL HD RESOLUTION - Sit back and enjoy pristine video quality - Or adjust the resolution to your heart's desires: 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 576p
  • RECORDING CAPABILITIES (External Storage Device REQUIRED) - Record your favorite shows by connecting a USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive (not included).
  • ALWAYS KNOW WHAT'S PLAYING - Use the electronic program guide (EPG) to know every show and movie and when it is on 7 days in advance - Also, plug in your hard drive and watch movies, listen to music and view your pictures
  • PERFORMANCE & LONGEVITY - eXuby Digital Converter Boxes are developed with quality in mind for dependable performance - And they are made to be durable ensuring longevity
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Customer Reviews

Junk - one died shortly after purchase - the other one failed before fourth month of usei had purchased two units one was this one the other had a more rectangular shape. I believe both units are made by the same company. The rectangular unit failed very quickly and they did not have any others. As I preferred the user interface of the rectangular unit see http://www.amazon.com/Digital-converter-Recording-Channels-Scheduled/dp/B0186C1RCS?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00 the seller did not have any more of the rectangular units at the time so agreed to give me another one of these units (thus giving me two of the same, this one being reviewed). I am quite confident that this unit and the one it replaced share many of the same components (junk). These units would be great if they had any kind of longevity. But this replacement unit has failed in just under four months and the seller only has a 30 day return policy. I strongly urge anyone looking to purchase a tuner to invest a few more dollars and buy one produced by a more reputable manufacturer such as Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, whoever. I am now going to use the remaining "backup" unit (remember I purchased 2), but I have ZERO confidence in its reliability. I have never had a tuner fail in a VCR, or TV, or DVD tuner, but these guys managed to supply me with TWO that failed!1Works great if you don't have a digital TVGot this for a refurbished Samsung 27" LED full HD monitor that I'd bought for $100 from another online vendor. Since the monitor has no TV tuner, I got this so I can watch local news, sports, and other programmings as I don't own a digital TV, or any TVs for that matter. Works great. I connect to the monitor via the HDMI ports at both ends. But I routed the audio from the converter's RCA stereo jacks to a 2.1 speaker system. Now I can watch local TV in high def with a stereo pseudo-surround sound for $30 plus a $10 indoor unidirectional paper-flat antenna. The remote is a nice feature. Also, my laptop is connected to the Samsung monitor via a Display Port port, and since the Samsung monitor has auto input signal detection, I don't have to keep unplugging and plugging in cables, but just let the monitor do its thing. Very convenient and I'm very happy that I got this box.5For cord cutters the Good, Bad and the UglyI'll start with the Ugly: This item was priced $30. Plus $8.00 shipping and handling, with tax it's a $40.00 solution. It didn't work for us, so I had to pay to ship it back, bummer.The Bad: The seller doesn't specify which product you are getting, we received the " I VIEW - 3200STB-A. This unit has terrible reviews.The antenna that comes with the unit was worthless for us, unless you live very close to a tower, you still need to purchase an OTA HD antenna.The instructions are 19 pages and not very good at all. It took a lot of trial and error and playing around with it to get everything working. You have to be fairly computer savvy and patient to make it work for you. It's not intuitive.As the description states this unit is for recording ONE show at a time. You can't watch something else while it's recording. If you are watching a recording, it will switch to live mode to record something else. One tuner only.You can't really watch while it's recording and pause, and skip commercials, it just stops recording.Before we hooked up this unit we were getting about 30 channels. After we hooked it up, we were down to 10. The picture started flickering and our reception became more spotty.The recording and playback features are very clunky. You select what you want to record, the system still requires you to manually input date, time, etc. When you play back a show it's hard to fast forward and play back because the remote is very unresponsive. It's frustrating. It tells you if there is a conflict in scheduling, but then I had to go all the way back to the beginning to record. Sometimes it simply decided the show I wanted to record was not recordable.Overall, we returned it after 3 days. My husband wasn't willing to learn all of it's quirks. The remote is small with tiny lettering, I had to look up functions in the manual continually.Now for the GOOD: This unit kicked Tablo's butt! Tablo costs $200.00. This unit was easier to setup and use. We sent the Tablo back after one day.You don't need an Internet connection to setup and use this box.Economical solution if you want to have free over the air TV with a recorder. This unit costs about $40, plus you need an antenna $20-80, plus an external storage unit $20-100. Our cost for all 3 were about $170. That's about $14.00 per month the first year, for one TV.If you don't mind the clunky interface or if you watch a lot of PBS and want to watch on your schedule, this is the solution for you.If you want more information please read the other reviews. In the end, remember that this is a cheaper solution than cable and satellite services.2Functional Product but with annoying bugs.Objectives: I wanted to upgrade the house from old tube TV's and , yes, VHS recorder technology to digital technology but still have the option to record a show broadcast over the air and I wanted to cut the ridiculously expensive cable service. Essentially, these were to replace the two VHS recorders I had, one in the great room and one in the bedroom.Extra equipment needed to meet my objective: a 64 gig 2.0 USB flash drive ($20), a 2 way RF coaxial splitter ($5) and two 3 foot coaxial cables ($5ea). This equipment was needed for each converter box.My best equip setup was: Antenna coax cable to the 2 way splitter. A short coax cable from the splitter to the converter box "in coax port" and a short coax cable from the splitter to the Tv "in coax port". A HDMI cable from the converter box to the TV HDMI input. This configuration allows me to record one channel while watching another channel on the TV. (note: you can not do this using an old analog TV. You will only be able to watch what you are recording) The 2 way splitter is necessary because if you use the coax out on the converter box to the digital TV's coax in port, the signal weakens and in my case I lost about 6 channels.Pros: Their basic functions work. By basic I mean it finds channels, delivers a good picture and records well. Their tuner picked up all the Over the air broadcast channels that my new Digital Tv's picked up. The picture and sound is as good as the new TV's. I also tested it with my old analog Tv's and they worked. The picture was as good as one could expect on the older TV's. It records and plays back fine. A 64 gig flash drive will get you about 10.5 hrs of Hi Def recording time. This is the largest flash drive it supports. This number of record-able hours assumes that you are only recording Hi def (ie 1900x1040) broadcast signals so this is the worst case scenario. A High def signal uses about 5.4 gig/hr while recording and the unit requires about 6 gig of space for its setup so only 58 gig are available for recording. However, many of the channels in my area are broadcast in 720x480 which only uses about 1.5 gig/hr. So how many hours you can record all depends on what is being broadcast and what you like to record. You can also get a 2.0 USB hardrive which will give you many hours of recording time. I did the flash drive because I wanted to be able to record a show downstairs and if I want to watch it upstairs I could just plug in the flash drive in the upstairs unit. This works flawlessly. And I only do light recording so the 10 hrs works fine. Exuby delivered the units quickly and in good condition.Cons: The software is quite buggy but still functional and I doubt they are going to fix them. The menu flow is functional but could be greatly improved. Some of the buttons don't do what the screen says but are assigned to the wrong buttons on the remote (eg under the EPG "Electronic Programming Guide" menu, page up and page down are buttons 1 & 2, not the buttons the screen shows). The "7 day" EPG is a misleading statement. Yes it is technically possible to get 7 days of programming on the over the air EPG. But that depends on your local broadcasters. In my area, they broadcast any where from 6 to 24hrs of guide information. So this is not a problem with the converter box. Mine picks up what information is sent, but North America is known for not sending much guide info over the air. The "book" function in the EPG is pretty useless. The way the screen looks, the user expects that the highlighted show and all the information will be scheduled to record. Nope. All it does is take the user to a screen that requires the user to manually enter all the information to record the show (ie. channel, date, time etc.). Very annoying! But it will record properly. There are many other menu bugs like this that are sloppy and annoying but so far I haven't found any functional show stoppers. I am keeping my fingers crossed.So would I recommend it? Yes, but only for converting digital over the air to an old analog TV. It works fine for that. If recording is your objective, only if you record occasionally which is my case. The many annoying software bugs aren't so bad if you use it occasionally and only the cheap price makes the menu bugs acceptable. But if you want sophisticated, stream lined, easy to use, bug free recording for heavy use, the menu bugs would probably drive you crazy. You are going to have to pay much more for a device to get that quality. So for price and light light recording use its ok.3I don't regret trying it but I wouldn't do it again. Buy a Tablo.This dern thing doesn't keep the right time, no matter what you do, which is a problem because it records according to ITS time. Good luck figuring out when the time changes forward or back ten minutes! So, being the reasonable person I am, I just set it to record 15 minutes early and end 15 minutes late, which works, IF you don't mind fast forwarding for 5-10 minutes (at the fastest speed, 32x) to get through the first 15 minutes AND it doesn't change the time on you again without you realizing it.I thought I was being smart by buying an antenna (I see it comes with one now but it didn't when I ordered it), a hard drive, and this guy instead of paying $7/month for CBS All Access (WITH FULL COMMERCIALS, I might add!) so I could just record my own shows on local stations and watch everything possible on Hulu and Netflix with my Roku but honestly, it's not worth it. I've missed SO many of my favorite shows now that I think it would just be worth it to pay for CBS All Access (it hurts me deeply to say that). Sure, you could still use it to record specials or something that won't be on Hulu but just plan on being disappointed when you get around to trying to watch it. If any sports run late, you'll miss the end of your show, if it records it at all. It's terribly complicated to record, considering you have to set the time in military time, get the network right (it doesn't record channel 4 on channel 4, it records channel 4 in whatever order it picked it up when it was set up, sort of. Complicated, I tell you! I renamed all the networks so I know which one I'm recording on, but occasionally it decides to forget that information and you have to re-enter everything. Once recorded, good luck figuring out which one is the one you want to watch.This pic (please excuse my glare) is of the screen that shows your recorded programs. Please note that I've already manually changed WHBF to CBS, etc. This is what you get. No, you CANNOT go through each one and name them, neither before or after they're recorded, even though the manual says you can after they're recorded, which sounds like fun (ugh). The button on the remote that is supposed to control that function does nothing, and believe me, I've tried a hundred times, though I can't imagine what help that would be anyway. The long number at the front is the date of the recording, the 4-digit number that follows is the time the recording started, NOT what time you scheduled it to start, but when it ACTUALLY started recording, which is important, so you don't expect it to be the same every time. Now if you're well-accustomed to military time, it shouldn't take you long to figure out 1845 means 6:45pm, 15 minutes before your show started on 03312016, so long as you already know which days your shows air, and which channel.And don't plan on trying to outsmart it and only watch ALL of your recordings in one day, unless nothing else is scheduled to record during that block of time- because when it's recording, you can't even see the title of the show, the channel lineup, set other recordings, change the channel, or watch anything already recorded. You can't do ANYTHING, zero buttons work except to stop the recording. So while I'm sitting there, watching my shows on a Sunday night, forgetting that I can't set Stephen Colbert to record only on weeknights (unless I want to enter it as a separate recording for each day, the only other option is "every day" so yes, you WILL have to filter through them to see which ones the show actually aired and which ones are just whatever was playing on the weekends), it will start flashing to warn me that it's about to record and change the channel. It won't tell me what it is or what channel it's going to record, so I have to wait and see, 15 full minutes before the show is set to begin (because I have it set to start recording early because of the time issue).I gave it two stars though; one, because it DOES record. And the other, because the company offered me a refund about two months in and I decided to keep it, hoping to smoke out those buttheads at CBS that charge $7/month for a free local station (streaming-only in my area, nothing live available) with FULL commercial breaks whereas ABC, NBC, and FOX offer most (if not all) shows for free on Hulu (with paid subscription, of course). Sadly, I believe they've won this round, which especially sucks since they often don't even play my favorite shows for weeks or months on end in favor of sports coverage. If I had the cash, I'd buy a Tablo and give them my $6/month instead of CBS All Access.2Superior Reception and Great ValueThis is much more than just a converter box, and is a great value. We have had the device for just a few days, so I can't speak to longer term reliability.Installation was fairly easy; the default settings were perfect for my application. The manual is just OK - the essential information is there, but some grammar/typo errors and low quality printing make it hard to read. If you have connected a TV to other devices like DVD, Stereo, Apple TV, you should not have any trouble.The box works very well to get local broadcast TV via antenna. I have checked out the record and pause features, and they seem to work reliably, although it is a little hard to learn how to use them, and you do need your own storage device. I had no idea that TV stations broadcast a program guide, so that feature was an unexpected bonus.We cut the cable a long time ago. We have watched over the air broadcast TV with our Panasonic Plasma TV since about 2007 in two different cities. We now live in Savannah, GA and at our location we had occasional bad reception on a favorite channel. Another smaller TV in a different place in the house had better reception, so it occurred to me that perhaps not all tuners are created equal. I searched for tuners and found this device. Since the cost was fairly low and the reviews were generally good, I decided to give the box a try. I connected it to the same antenna we have been using, linked it to the TV with an HDMI cable, and WOW! The box definitely gets better reception than the expensive TV. There have been no dropouts and the quality of the picture is better, with crisper HD images.We use a Logitech Harmony 650 Universal remote. Programming was straightforward. I found "iView 3200STB" in the Logitech device list and it works perfectly. Our device doesn't have the iView brand; but is apparently identical to it. Another reviewer mentioned that you have to point the included remove accurately right at the box, and I noticed that, too. The universal remote is better.5Good converter... With EPG!It has coax cable, composite, and HDMI connection ports. I has EPG (electronic program Guide) that displays all programs that the broadcast signal from local TV stations are sending. (Information may be from 4 up to 12 hours depending on how much program data the local station chooses to include in there broadcast signal).This EPG does not display individual program information and only displays information for the current channel that is tuned at the time the EPG is selected.It does not retain memory of channels as you change stations the guide has to reload.This converter has the ability to record using a usb device like a thumb drive. which I have not attempted to use.It also will not allow adding channels manually that have a weak signal.pluses: connection ports, Recording function, EPG. minus: No manual tuning, Limited information on EPG.I would have given 5 stars if the Guide had a memory function that allowed all information from channels tuned to appear on a grid and program information on individual programs. Some of the early converter boxes could do that, but, none of the new ones I have seen have that ability.If TV manufacturers would include full EPG in there HDTV sets I would not have to buy a converter. (Some sets display current program info but I can see the program I m watching so that is useless).4Butt saver!Thieves broke into my house, and broke my TV. They jerked the cable / antenna input out of the set. I got this item so I could view over the air broadcast through my HDMI input. It works great! I have to use the built in tuner, but it seems to work fine.The device has it's own built in RF amp, and I hat to take my existing amp out of the loop to make it work properly.You can choose any output resolution you desire, which brings me to the only possible improvement I would suggest to the manufacturer. I would like it better if the unit automatically matched the output resolution to the input resolution. It I've got 720P, 1080I, or 480I, or whatever in, that's what I want out. It's impossible to make a signal better electronically, so why try?Anyway the tuner works great, and saves me from buying another tv. As a bonus, you can add a USB flash drive, or HDD, and this thing becomes a DVR! I haven't tried it yet, but will soon, so I can record shows that broadcast while I'm at work.4Pretty good --- for a "poor-man's" PVR!So, I've been using this iView for a couple of weeks. Basically, it works as promised.Setup is pretty straight forward. Although it comes with a teenie tiny whip antenna, I would certainly recommend something more substantial. The TV I use it with is connected to an outdoor antenna. I live in a strong signal area, but when the main signal from the antenna goes into the iView, then back into the TV, it's weakened to a small degree. From going through this process, I lost the signals of 2 regional channels. Without the iView, they were constant. The TV itself doesn't show signal strength but I guess those channels were less than what the iView is willing to accept. There's also a way of manually setting channels which is good. But obviously if the unit isn't receiving a strong enough signal, it can't memorize the channel.Connecting it is easy. Scanning for channels is also a simple process. Once connected you can either record on a channel you're watching, or schedule a recording for later. Like some other buyers, I bought a 64gb flash drive for the iView to record to. It works well. Scheduling an event is relatively simple, although the first few times I made the mistake of not changing the default selection of "view" to "record", just before hitting 'okay' to confirm the settings. The result, was that the set program did not record.Recorded programs playback well, and you can rename the recorded file to whatever you want. The only thing I've noticed is that the playback volume is very low and needs to be turned up quite a bit to hear it at a normal volume level. The other thing about playback, is that if you need to pause it...JUST pause it. If you hit the stop button, you'll need to start again from the beginning when you're ready to resume. Obviously if you noted the "time counter" when you stopped, then you could fast forward. Easier though just to pause. It appears it will remain paused indefinitelyOverall, as a budget means of recording off-air TV, I would recommend this converter box/PVR. It just takes a few tries at first getting used to it.4Pretty GoodPretty good. I just returned a competitor product that developed multiple failures within 12 hours. So I was not very confident that any of those cheap TV recorders would be good or last long. I seems that 20% of reviews on most cheap OTA DVRs are 1 star. So, maybe quality control is an issue with some manufacturers. But most sellers offer quick replacement in case of defect. Well, this one so far works very nicely. The printed manual was useless. But just playing with the remote, trying all the buttons, it was easy to figure out what does what. For example:1) EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) button leads to timer programming. One needs to set the timer 5 minutes early, since the internal clock synchronises over the air about 2 minutes late. No big deal, just add 5 minutes before and to be save, also after the wanted recording time. Does not know summertime, so need to set the GMT offset accordingly. Tried daily recording, and it did daily.2) USB button leads to playback. Playback remembers the last position, so you can pause, exit, and on another day, come back, and it asks if you want to resume or go to beginning. It does not skip in 5/30 minutes intervals, but it offers 2/4/8/16/32 times fast forward/reverse, and skip to next/previous recording.3) Pause/Play button during live TV enters delay mode, so you can pause live TV in case your phone/doorbell rings.4) MTS files can be read by a computer for editing, in case you want to archive/crop/edit. HD needs about 6GB/hour. Records in one large file per show.5) Tried USB2 32GB stick and USB2 160GB HD, both worked perfectly.6) The unit gets hand-warm, the antenna connector a little too warm to touch. Worries me a little in terms of thermal stress on the semiconductors.So far so good after 2 days of testing. The convenience of being able to record TV and watch later with fast forward over commercials and boring content is a huge time-saver and definitely pays off very quickly if you value your time in terms of money. The option to archive health shows on PBS/WEDU is a really good option too, since sometimes it requires watching them more than once to get all important details.5
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