"Excellent Non-Subscription DVR"4.0 starson by jenglish92
Pros: Extremely simple setup; identifies all Cable, Digital and Analog over the air channels, Excellent features
Cons: Menu navigation takes a little getting used to - not completely intuitive
Summary: I have used the Dish Network DVR for years, and finally got sick of the cost of satellite and DVR fees - plus intermitent service. The Sony is an excellent replacement. I didn't switch to Tivo because I wanted High Definition and DVR capability. I got the 250 Gb version, and from the savings on Satellite, it will pay for itself in about a year with no further monthly fees.
I have an antenna in my attic (not on the roof) and live 40 miles from the broadcast towers in Chicago. The Sony picked up every available digital channel over the air and the picture is fantastic. I recommend using the HDMI cable - it automatically adjusts the picture ratio based on the type of signal.
Once you learn the menu's everything is very easy to use. It has just about every feature I want. The only quirky thing is the free TV Guide listings. It is supposed to download 8 days of listings, but after 2 weeks, I can only go about 4 days into the future. Other than that, I highly recommend this DVR.