Over-the-air DVR prices compared

How much do cord-cutting DVRs cost after factoring in subscription prices? Let's find out.

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If you’re cutting cable TV and are blessed with solid antenna reception, you’ll have lots of options for recording those free ad-supported broadcast channels.

But with each of these options—from TiVo to Tablo to Fire TV Recast and beyond—the prices can vary widely once you factor in subscription fees, DVR storage, and additional hardware requirements. When calculating the cost benefits of cord-cutting, it’d be helpful to know what an over-the-air DVR really costs over time.

To that end, I’ve put together a price comparison for some of the best, most popular, and cheapest over-the-air DVR solutions. Check out the chart below for an overview, then read on for a deeper breakdown of each option. (Note that the chart doesn’t include the cost of an antenna, which you’ll need to supply regardless of which option you choose.) Click to enlarge the image:

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