Cut the Cord, Keep the DVR

Cord cutters cannot depend upon the Xbox One as a DVR device. The good news is that Solid Signal has a DVR solution for every cord cutter out there.

Microsoft really blew it with this one! A company spokesperson recently issued a statement to The Verge, saying that Microsoft is dropping its plans to provide DVR capabilities to the Xbox One and Windows 10. You might remember that the technology giant announced its desire to give these platforms DVR capabilities last August. To many cord cutters, this must be a big disappointment, since Microsoft essentially stripped DVR capabilities out of Windows ever since Windows 8 came out. No wonder my friend Stuart called it a “day 1 fail!

The good news, according to Microsoft, is that you still can use a USB adapter to watch live OTA TV through your Xbox One. Hardly the all-in-one service that Microsoft promised, right? Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud, and that lining is brought to you by your friends here at Solid Signal. We offer two DVR options for cord cutters – the iView 3500STB, MyGica A681 ATSC, and the Tech Choice Tech Choice USB 2.0 video/audio grabber. All three of these products give cord cutters the three biggest benefits of having a DVR:

  • Watching what you want, when you want to watch it.
  • Fast forwarding through commercials, previews, and/or credits.
  • Never missing your favorite shows, even when real life commitments get in the way.


Are you a cord cutter looking for an affordable HD DVR for your home? We recommend the iView 3500STB. This device normally functions as converter box for analog TVs, and an HD receiver for newer TVs. It becomes a DVR when you add an external USB hard drive (not included) to the device. As affordable DVR options go, this is a cord cutter’s best bet for a DVR for use with your main TV set!

Cutting the cord isn’t limited to watching TV in your living room. Many people also enjoying watching their favorite shows on their laptop or desktop PCs. The MyGica A681 ATSC mini USB stick allows you to catch all your favorite live local TV (via ATSC & QAM). It’s like a mini-DVR that you hook up to your computer to take your favorite shows with you wherever you go.


This Video Grabber from Tech Choice 5616 is another option for recording standard definition video to your Windows-based hard drive. Like the MyGica A681, this device uses a USB 2.0 connection. It also features both a composite RCA and S-Video video input connection, as well as stereo RCA analog audio inputs. In addition to its DVR capabilities, the Tech Choice 5616 also is perfect for converting a VHS collection to DVD. It also allows you to take snapshots of the video as it is being played or recorded.

Cutting the Cord, Enjoying DVR
You can cut the cord and still enjoy the benefits of a DVR, thanks to Solid Signal. We provide cord cutters like you with options to maximize enjoyment of your free HDTV. The iView 3500STB and the MyGica A681 ATSC are two options that provide DVR capabilities in different formats. Maximize your cord cutting experience by getting both of these affordable DVR devices. You shouldn’t have to miss your favorite shows just because you decided to tell the cable company to shove it!

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.