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DIY-OTA-Guy
Level 7

Over the Air TV

I just learned about the Roku TV where an over the air antenna can be plugged into a Roku TV and enjoy OTA broadcasts.

I don't own a Roku TV so,

Two questions come to mind:

Should Roku come out with a new version of their streaming boxes with an OTV tuner built in ?

Since, so far, they haven't why not build an APP that can accept an OTA signal coming from my antenna to my TV ?

I'd rather not have to buy a Roku TV just for OTA reception, but would buy a Roku Box with an OTA tuner built in.

(SiliconDust's HD-HomeRun has a beta app available for loading onto a Roku device, but it does not work.... it cannot hold onto a signal and the app bombs out)

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optikhog
Level 13

Re: Over the Air TV

Tablo has the answer. We love ours. They even have a huge sale going on...

https://www.tablotv.com/
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boogernose
Level 18

Re: Over the Air TV

You can hook a digital antenna up to any TV. Roku or Not as far as I know..

I believe its a Federal Law.

---A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved---.
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CParker
Level 10

Re: Over the Air TV

Another shout out to Tablo. When we ditched cable TV I put up an antenna, bought a Tablo, put a Roku device on every TV, and.... voila! The Tablo does all of our OTA recording and streams it to any TV in the house through the Roku Tablo app.
I, personally, would NOT like to see Roku getting into the OTA DVR business. Let Roku be Roku and do what they do and continue to improve and show everyone else how it's done.

Chief Technology Officer, Barge Captain/mechanic/deckhand/dock hand, Cook, Lawn care and vehicle maintenance.
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Sonar
Level 7

Re: Over the Air TV

That is great information! The tablo device will solve the problems I have noted during my own initial set-up for streaming TV. NOW, I can finally cut that pesky cord. (Off to the tablo store to get my recording device...

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CParker
Level 10

Re: Over the Air TV

@Sonar , we had TiVo before with cable (I used the TiVo devices instead of the Cable company DVRs which suck). Then when we were planning to cut the cable TV off, I switched the TiVos over to OTA by removing the cable cards (not sure if any of the new TiVos even give you the option of doing either cable card or OTA). The issue with the TiVos was the subscription service. I had 2 Bolts and 2 TiVo minis. The Bolts EACH needed a subscription. I was costing a lot per year to keep them active. 

The Tablo subscription you pay once. I only need one Table. I got the Quad so it has 4 tuners. I have 4 TVs. Living room has an Ultra, the 2 bedrooms and the kitchen have Streaming Stick+. The Tablo can feed all 4 of them at once if I want. (I've tested that, but the reality of it is we've never actually used more than 2 different streams in normal running).
So now it's OTA with DVR taken care of by Tablo, and we added Philo for those cable stations we actually watched (HGTV, Travel, Food Network, History, etc).

And Roku is the "one ring to bind them all"

So far this setup has exceeded my expectations.

Chief Technology Officer, Barge Captain/mechanic/deckhand/dock hand, Cook, Lawn care and vehicle maintenance.
Yep.... I'm retired. :D
Rich_T
Level 10

Re: Over the Air TV

There is a Now TV box with  an antenna input available in the UK (Now TV uses a stripped down version of the roku software on roku made hardware) video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGD4xgZjQRk

Although for over the air broadcasts ( ie live TV) your better off just adding an aerial ( antenna) input to your TV in order to pick up over the air broadcast

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70-w02ld
Level 7

Re: Over the Air TV

Roku has a Developer resources area, I don't know why they wouldn't allow a research and development student recreate the roku box to have an ota antenna, theirs always airtv or sling tv which is ota tv as a roku app.

But if one were interested they could use the ARM or Raspberry PI and create their own.  Or the micro pc cases and theirs even usb pc cards that even Google uses to offer a tv app and playstore and the versions that plug into the hdmi.

Its an open market and anyone could end up the biggest name brand on the market in  less then a year's time or less.

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norcaljohnny
Level 10

Re: Over the Air TV

You have it backwards. Roku came as a result of the DVR

Anthony Wood who invented the DVR is the same person who founded Roku in 2002 and was a vp at Netflix, which is also why they are next door to each other in Los Gatos, CA. Netflix funded Roku as well.

Iona-D
Level 13

Re: Over the Air TV

What's wrong with just having a plain old antenna, whether a indoor only or a better outdoor one?  I have enough balancing subscriptions, ISP costs, even the basic Electricity utility which keeps going up paying for it all.

I had to draw a hard line limiting all this "cost cutting/ cord cutting into a more simple method of dealing with all this "potential help" in my rather limited entertainment budget.

I buy simple dumbest nonsmart televisions that are available.  I bought those Sceptre televisions without any fancy features.  Now those TVs are really made for OTA use.  I don't see the need for DVRs.  I can stream most any program the next day using Network websites or apps.  

Now that is real cord cutting and cost management utilizing the freebies as much as possible.

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