Android Boxes With Built in Tuners That Record Live TV

The way we watch television keeps evolving. Technology is getting better and faster. Many people are looking to cut the cable bill and use a combination of an over the air TV antenna and internet streaming. There are a few companies that are meeting this demand. In this article, we are going to look at several Android boxes with built in tuners that will allow you to record live TV. In addition they can stream online content to your television, without a subscription fee. These boxes are small and powerful. All of these Android boxes offer a built in TV tuner to allow you to plug in your HD antenna and record and pause live TV.

Android Boxes With Built in Tuners That Record Live TV

WeTek Play 2 Hybrid Media Center

WeTek Play 2 Hybrid Android Set-top Box 4K Ultra HD IPTV/OTT 2 GB DDR3 H.265 (ATSC)

The WeTek Play 2 is a powerful Android box that will record over the air TV. Just plug in your HD antenna, allow the box to scan for new channels and you are ready to go. It comes with a removable antenna module that will work in the USA, Canada or UK. You can pause, rewind and record live OTA television. It is not just limited to OTA signals, this box will also work with cable and satellite connections. Just insert the appropriate module for your location and needs. The WeTek Play 2 is capable of running many of the apps available from the Google Play Store, including Kodi. This box is powerful enough to stream 4K content. The user interface is easy and intuitive. If you plan on cutting the cord, this box is well worth considering.

 

Electronic Program Guide

The WeTek Play 2 comes with an electronic program guide that will help you view and record what is on TV. You can schedule your recordings in advance. It also has a handy web interface that will allow you to remotely control the box from anywhere.

Android Boxes With Built in Tuners That Record Live TV

Modules

The WeTek Play 2 can be used with different removable modules. Make sure to select the appropriate tuner module for your country and needs. The available modules are: DVB-S2, DVB-C/T/T2 and ATSC.

 

Specifications:

  • Processor (CPU): Quad-core (Amlogic S905H)
  • GPU: Mali MP-450 Penta core
  • RAM Memory: 2 GB DDR III
  • Flash memory: 8 GB eMMC
  • Modular Tuners: DVB-S2 (satellite), DVB-C/T/T2 (cable/terrestrial) and ATSC (North America, South Korea)
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11 B/G/N
  • Supported Wi-Fi: 2.4/5 Ghz (AP6330)
  • Ethernet: 1000 Mbit/s (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • S PDIF optical out: 1x
  • HDMI: 1x 2.0
  • A/V Output: compatible only with 17mm TRRS jack
  • MicroSD: 1x
  • USB 2.0: 3 External
  • Serial Debug: Yes, external
  • Power socket: DC In
  • Software: Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • Stream support : RTSP, RTP, HTTP, UDP, IGMP etc.
  • DRM: Google Widevine, Microsoft Playready, HDCP 2.2
  • Video processing: H264, H265 up to [email protected]
  • Video codecs: H.265(10bit), H.264 AVC, H.264 MVC, MPEG-4 ASP, VC-1, AVS, MPEG-2, MPEG-1
  • Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
  • Subtitles: DVB, SRT, SUB
  • EPG: XMLTV

Where to Buy:

The WeTek Play 2 Hybrid Media Center is available for purchase at these retailers:

Ebay:

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Amazon:

MyGica ATV 586 ATSC TV Recording PVR Android TV Box

MyGica Atv586 ATSC TV Recording PVR Android TV Box with KODI (XBMC) Streamer, Wi-Fi/Ethernet H.265 Media Player

The MyGica ATV 586 is a decent all in one DVR and streaming box. It offers a powerful ARM Cortex A5 Quad Core CPU with 1GB DDR3 RAM. The best feature is the built in over the air tuner (ATSC tuner). Just plug in your over the air antenna and allow the box to scan your area for free HD channels. Then you can schedule and watch recordings of your favorite TV shows. This box offers a nice on screen overlay when you are watching live TV that will allow you to pause and record. Another nice feature is the EPG guide that allows you to see upcoming TV shows and times. It will also let you schedule weekly recordings of a particular show. In order to use the DVR feature you will need to plug in an external hard drive or storage device for it to record on.

User Interface

The MyGica ATV 586 box offers an uncomplicated user interface. It is simple yet effective GUI. You can access and install many apps from the Google Play Store and the MyGica Store. You can play games and install many of your premium streaming services like Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and Netflix. This box also has Kodi fully loaded so you can enjoy the benefits of this powerful media software. It’s GUI has an easy update option that will keep the box running smoothly.

Mirroring

A nice feature is the ability to stream live TV to your Android phone or tablet. The box has a powerful wireless network antenna that will give you a strong internet connection anywhere throughout the house. This is a great one-solution box that will cover just about all your media needs.

Specifications

  • Operating System : Android™ 4.4 Kitkat
  • System Processor : Quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A5 up to 1.5GHz
  • Graphics Processor : Quad-core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Digital TV Tuner : ATSC HDTV Tuner
  • Video Resolution : 1080p(60fps),1080i,720p,720i,576p,576i,486p,486i
  • Video Playback Codec : MPEG 1/2/4,H.265,H.264,VC-1,WMV,AVI,MKV,MOV
  • System Memory : 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Media Storage : 8 GB eMMC embedded MultiMediaCard
  • Video Interface : 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • WiFi : 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • Bluetooth : Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ethernet Interface : RJ45 10/100 Megabits
  • USB Support : 2 x USB 2.0 Ports Max USB HDD Support is 2TB
  • Micro SD Card : 1 Slot Max 128GB

Package Contents

  • MyGica ATV 586
  • Remote Control
  • AC Power Adapter
  • HDMI Cable
  • Mini Indoor Antenna
  • Quick Installation Guide

Where to Buy:

The MyGica ATV 586 is available for purchase at these retailers:

Ebay:

Buy It At Ebay

Amazon:

SkyStream X5 Android TV Box with Built-In TV Tuner & DVR

Android Boxes With Built in Tuners That Record Live TV

The SkyStream X5 is a very impressive Android box. It comes with a built-in TV tuner and DVR. You will need a separate HD antenna for this to work. This will allow you to watch all your local over the air broadcast channels in HD. You can also record over the air shows with their built-in DVR. You can pause and skip over the commercials. The recordings will require an external USB hard drive or SD card. Just screw in your HD antenna and hit the scan button for the box to attain your local stations. This box will also tell you what programs are coming up in their guide. It runs Kodi very well. It has an easy to use and responsive interface. The SkyStream X5 functions like most Android boxes on the market, allowing you to install many apps from the Google Play Store. It has strong wireless capabilities due to the external WIFI antenna. They have an active forum page for any technical questions and a great You Tube channel of how to videos. Overall this is the best Android box for over the air recording I have seen on the market.

This video demonstrates how the over the air recorder and DVR works:

Specifications

  • Over-The-Air DVR Integration
  • Full Web Browsing
  • Keyboard Controller
  • Picture Viewing
  • Video Calling
  • Video Games
  • Quad Core Processor
  • Max. Resolution: 1080p
  • Audio/Video Outputs: Optical Audio, Component (YPbPr) RCA, HDMI
  • Media Input Connectivity: Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi
  • 4 USB Inputs
  • 1 Micro SD Input (64GB Max)
  • 1 HDMI Output
  • 1 Antenna input
  • 1 Antenna output

User Interface

Android Boxes With Built in Tuners That Record Live TV

Where to Buy:

The Aura Live is available for purchase at this retailer:

Ebay:

Buy It At Ebay

Other Options for Recording OTA Antenna Signals

There are a few methods to record an OTA antenna signal. Here is a list of different ways to record an over the air antenna signal.

Kodi PVR

The media software Kodi allows you to playback your recorded antenna signal. This requires a back-end device to capture and record the antenna signal. There are many different ways it can be setup. It can be inexpensive to build. You can see our how to article below:

Setting up Kodi for live OTA tv and PVR new

Setting up Kodi for Live Over The Air TV and PVR.

OTA Digital Converter Box

Another simple way to record OTA TV is to use a digital converter box. Your OTA antenna plugs into the converter box and the content is recorded onto an external USB hard drive. It simple and easy to implement.

OTA Digital Converter Recording Device

How to Record Over The Air TV With a Digital Converter Box / DVR.

OTA DVR

You can also record using an OTA DVR. These units are all in one devices that record your antenna signal. They all have an internal hard drive and allow you to schedule the recordings.


Record Over The Air TV with a PVR.

Conclusion

All of these Android boxes with built in tuners offer practical solutions for anyone looking to record live over the air TV. They are well priced and offer many online streaming options to boot. If you are looking for one box that can do it all, then choose one of these media boxes. It may be the only box you will ever need.

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About Johan

I started the site to educate the public on the alternative ways you can watch television besides subscribing to cable. I have been in the audio visual business for over 20 years. I also have an extensive computer networking background. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and CompTIA Network+ Certified Technician. I hope you will find my articles and reviews helpful in conscious uncabling.

16 Comments

  1. hello Johan

    This is very interesting. I was wondering is there such a box that uses satellite as its over air input.

    Regards
    Mark Statham

  2. Thanks

  3. Wetek Play 2 is the best DVR ota solution for Android at the moment. They’re custom rom support and even openelec support

  4. I really wanted to get one of the Skystream x5 or Auramedia, but seems they (& ones similar to it) are off the market now? Why did Skystream stop with the x5? Their new unit does not offer a built in tuner. Auralive is out of business and the Mygica has limited features compared to these other two. I’ve read about the Geniatech ATV1815H, but good luck trying to actually find one for purchase.

    The wetek play 2 seems to be the only unit on the market that similar

    • These boxes are becoming very rare indeed. I am not sure why Skystream pulled the x5 off the market. Maybe they were trying to promote their newer box. It is a shame there are not more boxes in this space. There seems to be a demand for them. I will keep my eyes open and if new ones become available, I will update this post. Thanks!

  5. I have an Aura.. it is horrid on the PVR front. I think pretty much all android based devices have the same issues………..

  6. Looking for a streaming box with:
    Coax input jack for my digital antenna (uses coax cable)
    ATSC tuner obviously…my TV is a monitor
    HDMI & optical outputs to my receiver
    USB port for external harddrive
    Ethernet jack
    2nd HDMI jack to passthrough signal from an Xbox or PS4
    DVR capability that I can use with the external HD for storage
    Possible to DVR more than 1 show at the same time?

  7. It is posible to watch International channels? cable companies have them in their Very Expensive packages, especially spanish packages.
    Thank You!

  8. So they record only local Tv, what about international tv, like HBO, CNN, Bein Sports? if i wanna record or schedule a record on those int. channels, they can’t do that?

    • The WeTek Play 2 can record antenna, satellite or cable TV. If your source is from any of those three, then you can record any channel that is being broadcast. You will need to buy the appropriate module or tuner to record. This is all based on using a builtin tuner to record broadcast TV, not using the Internet.

  9. It records whatever is picked up on the TV Tuner.

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