One of the biggest advantages to cutting the cord and saying goodbye to cable with a brand new smart TV is the ability to access and watch your favorite television shows whenever is convenient for you. This means no more having to rush home and scramble through all of the channels to figure out when your beloved drama series or big sports game is about to start.


In fact, if you equip your smart TV with an HD DVR device, you’ll be able to access and view any programming you want, when you want it! If you’re interested in learning how to enhance your smart TV experience, take a look how investing in an HD DVR could be the right move for you.

What Is an HD DVR?

HD DVR stands for High Definition Digital Video Recorder, and it has become an essential accessory for new smart TVs over the past several years. Recent reports indicate that DVR devices have significantly increased in popularity, with nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults owning a DVR, up from 45% in 2010.


DVRs essentially work as digital hard drives that record and save television programming directly from your television provider. Remember the old days where you had to directly record your favorite shows using a blank VHS and a VCR player? Well those days are long gone, as DVRs can record hundreds of hours of the shows and content you love, while storing it in a digital library so you can access it anytime you please.


While DVRs have been around for nearly a few decades, HD DVRs are the latest variation of digital video recorders, using high definition compatibility so the recordings capture the crystal clear picture of HD programming and television screens. 

What Advantages Does an HD DVR Provide?

You can essentially break down the advantages of owning an HD DVR with four primary benefits:


Unlimited Recording Potential

Some HD DVR devices come standard with unlimited recording space, while other HD DVRs offer anywhere between 50 to 1,000 hours of recording storage.

Simultaneous Recording

HD DVRs offer the ability to record multiple live programs at once, so you don’t have to pick and choose between your favorite shows.

Flexible Convenience

Watch all your favorite television programs whenever you want to!

Avoid Commercials

You can fast forward right through commercials, as well as pause and play shows at your own leisure.


All in all, HD DVRs provide a more customized and convenient television viewing experience that’s entirely compatible with most, if not all, smart TVs and media streaming services. 

Where Can I Get an HD DVR?

There are ample opportunities to purchase an HD DVR. For starters, there are a variety of smart TVs on the market that come equipped with built-in DVRs, so no installation or assembly is required. There are also a variety of media streaming services, such as YouTube TV and Sling TV, that either come standard with HD DVR capabilities, or can be purchased separately.


If you’re looking to purchase a stand-alone HD DVR, there are plenty of quality options available depending on recording storage space and price. An easy way to record your go-to local channel programming onto an HD DVR is through installing a digital TV antenna. This way, you won’t have to pay for any subscription services to access all the major network channels, and you can watch their shows in high definition quality! Even if you don’t have a smart TV, you can still install a DVR into your analog television set by using a converter box.


At Cable Alternatives, we sell two separate kinds of top quality HD DVR devices:


●        TiVo Roamio OTA DVR

●        Channel Master DVR+


If you use streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, then the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR may be the best HD DVR for you. It’s streaming capable and comes with a 1TB (1 Terabyte = 1,000 Gigabytes) hard drive for nearly infinite hours of television recording. You can also record up to four shows at once, and the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR can also be used on multiple television sets in different rooms, simultaneously. 


The Channel Master DVR+ is an excellent, affordable HD DVR option for both older and newer television sets. It features an interactive on-screen channel guide and access to a wide variety of streaming options, and is perfectly accommodating for television sets already equipped with a digital antenna.

Let Us Equip You With an HD DVR Today!

At Cable Alternatives, we’re here to help you cut the cord and ditch the cable bill in any way we can. If you’re ready to find out how an HD DVR device can upgrade your TV viewing experience, reach out to us online today to speak to a cord cutting professional, or give us a call at 763-571-1037 to answer any questions you may have.