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Best OTA DVRs for Cord Cutters

Not long ago, over-the-air, or OTA, programming was all that was available to television viewers. Over the past few decades, other viewing methods have gained popularity. These days, it seems like almost everyone takes advantage of over-the-top, or OTT, options, which allow for streaming from services like Netflix and Hulu. However, even with all these advancements, OTA remains a great option for cord cutters and cable-nevers alike, opening the door to plenty of free content with the use of a digital antenna.

Of course, watching regular broadcast TV comes with its drawbacks. While free programming is a cord cutter’s dream, only being able to watch programs as they air can be inconvenient. This is where a digital video recorder, or DVR, comes in. An OTA DVR can record content to be played back whenever you want, which means that no matter how busy your schedule is during prime time TV, you won’t have to miss out on the best OTA content.

There are lots of DVR options on the market today, from those that allow for basic recording and playback to those that offer a lot more control over how and when you view. Some DVRs charge a monthly service fee, while others are a one-and-done purchase. Finding the OTA DVR that works best for your household will require you to figure out your priorities and what you’re willing to pay. To help narrow it down a little, here are some of the best OTA DVRs for cord cutters:

  • TiVo Bolt OTA DVR
  • Tablo Quad OTA DVR
  • Amazon Fire TV Recast OTA DVR

Sarah Goldberg
Sarah Goldberg

Sarah is a seasoned financial market expert with a decade of experience. She's known for her analytical skills, attention to detail, and ability to communicate complex financial concepts. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance, is a licensed financial advisor, and enjoys reading and traveling in her free time.

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