A while back I calculated that if I ditched DirecTV and went over the air for the networked shows plus Blu Ray/streaming/digital-download for cable series I watch that I'd save about $800 a year in expenses. Various things kept the project on the back burner though.
Today I noticed that the HD HomeRun Dual, part of the hardware I planned on getting for this project, is on sale at Tech Woot! so I've finally started the ball rolling. The HD HomeRun Dual is a dual ATSC tuner that sits on your computer network. It lets you tune 2 channels concurrently either on the same computer (for recording) or even use 2 separate devices (computers, iPhones, iPads, etc) to watch different shows. You can put more than 1 HD HomeRun on your network to support additional concurrent channels. I don't know if I'll really need more than 1, but the price is right so I went ahead and ordered 2 of them.
I plan to pick up one of the new Mac mini's to act as the DVR. One potential hiccup is my HDTV predates HDMI. I have a few potential solutions for that, like this HDMI to Component RGB converter, but if that fails to pan out then it'll be time to replace my 11+ year old HDTV. If a new TV is required, I've an extra monitor that I'll be able to use to get everything set up with and then wait for a good sale for the TV.
I'll make future updates under the DVR Project category as this project progresses.