10 Best DVR Recorders For Tv NO Subscriptions
for December 2022

Digital video recorders have become a popular way to watch live TV without cable, thanks to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. However, many of these streaming apps require subscriptions, which can be pricey. DVR recorders let you record TV shows and movies from the channels you subscribe to, so you can watch them later.

DVR recorders come in a range of sizes, from tiny models that are perfect for a studio apartment to larger models that can hold up to 4 or 5 TVs at once. Our Lab tests DVR recorders for ease of use, such as setup and operation, as well as performance, such as recording quality and storage. We also evaluate each model for features, such as streaming apps, WiFi connectivity, and remote access.

Here are the best DVR recorders for TVs without subscriptions:

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9.9
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Amcrest 1080-Lite 8CH DVR Digital Recorder, HD Pentabrid (5-1) Supports 960H/HDCVI/HDTVI/AHD & Amcrest IP Cameras, Pre-Installed 1TB HDD, Cameras NOT Included, Security Camera System (AMDVTENL8-1TB)

Amcrest 1080-Lite 8CH DVR Digital Recorder

by Amcrest
What We like

This system is easy to install and needs only one cable from the DVR to the camera. Its hard drive can store 1,080 hours of video. We liked this setup's video quality, but wish it had a built-in night vision feature.

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9.7
SCORE
Westshine 8CH 1080P AHD/TVI/CVI/Analog/IP Hybrid DVR, HD 1920x1080P CCTV Digital Video Recorder, Support Motion Detection, Email Alert, Remote Access, P2P Cloud Network (NO Hard Disk)

Westshine 8CH 1080P AHD/TVI/CVI/Analog/IP Hybrid DVR

by Westshine
What We like

This product allows you to record 8 channels simultaneously including 1 live viewing channel, 5 ports for analog cameras(1080P camera NOT Included)and 1 port for IP camera(IP Camera NOT Included).

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9.5
SCORE
TiVo Edge for Antenna - 2TB | INCLUDES TiVo

TiVo Edge for Antenna - 2TB

by CommScope
What We like

This TiVo box is powered with cord-cutting features and streams 4K to 4K, with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. And using TiVo anywhere, you can search, play and enjoy your recordings from anywhere.

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9
SCORE
TreasLin Screen Capture Recorder, 1080P HDMI to USB Game Recorder,One-Click Recording, Screen Recorder Compatible with TV Box Xbox One PS4 Wii U Switch School lectures,No PC Required…

TreasLin Screen Capture Recorder

by TreasLin
What We like

The GreenLight Game Capture HDMI to USB is our favorite and it comes with a one-year warranty. We wanted a device that could record high-definition videos, connect to multiple consoles, and be compatible with our PC as well. This HDMI to USB Game Capture card does it all.

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8.9
SCORE
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro 4K HDR Streaming Media Player; High Performance, Dolby Vision, 3GB RAM, 2x USB, Works with Alexa

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro 4K HDR Streaming Media Player; High Performance

by NVIDIA Corporation
What We like

An amazing user experience, along with access to the best streaming apps, makes the NVIDIA SHIELD Pro the best alternative to Apple TV.

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8.9
SCORE
Silicondust HDHomeRun Scribe 4K OTA DVR Recorder (HDVR-4K-1TB)

Silicondust HDHomeRun Scribe 4K OTA DVR Recorder (HDVR-4K-1TB)

by Silicondust USA Inc
What We like

The Silicondust HDHomeRun Scribe 4K OTA DVR Recorder is the best for serious cord cutters with its massive 1TB recording space, full 4K compatibility, and compatibility with a wide variety of streaming devices.

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8.3
SCORE
All-in-1 Digital HDMI Componet HD Composite RCA DVR Recorder

AllAboutAdapters All-in-1 Digital HDMI Componet HD Composite RCA DVR Recorder

by AllAboutAdapters
What We like

This HD video recorder captures video and transfers it to your hard drive, offering HD video capability. It offers unlimited recording along with free Windows and Mac movie editing software.

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7.1
SCORE
Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box with Recording / Media Player / TV Tuner Function (HW130STB)

Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box with Recording

by Mediasonic
What We like

This media box takes your ATSC digital broadcast and converts it to an analog for playing back on your analog TV.

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7.1
SCORE
Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera, 1080 HD video, night vision, motion detection, two-way audio, Works with Alexa – 1 camera

Blink Home Security Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera

by Immedia
What We like

The Blink Mini indoor security camera was easy to set up and sync with the Blink app. It is the least expensive security camera we tested, but it didn't have as many features as some of the pricier choices, including a night-vision camera and two-way audio.

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7.1
SCORE
All-in-1 Digital Video Recorder with Video Editor Software

AllAboutAdapters All-in-1 Digital Video Recorder with Video Editor Software

by AllAboutAdapters
What We like

This digital video recorder was unusual because it was one of the few we had trouble connecting to our PC. But it has a cool HDMI input that lets you play back what you've recorded in real time. The video player software editing function was adequate, but not great.

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