|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.1 x 1.4 x 4.5 inches|
|Item model number||HW180STB|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Display Height||5 inches|
Mediasonic HW180STB HomeWorx HDTV Digital Converter Box with Media Player Function, Dolby Digital and HDMI Out (Old Version)
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- Converts digital ATSC broadcast to your Analog & Digital TV, Projector, and Monitor
- USB Multimedia Player (Support USB Flash Drive up to 64GB)
- Support MPEG-1 Layer I & II Dolby Digital Audio, Support MPEG-2/4, H.264/AVC, 1080P HD Digital TV
- HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Output / Coaxial Output, Analog Pass Through, Channel 3 / 4 Function
- Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function, Auto Tuning, Closed Caption, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen
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|Connectivity Technology||hdmi||Wireless||Ethernet||radio frequency, usb, hdmi|
|Item Dimensions||1.4 x 7.1 x 4.5 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||16 x 16.6 x 14.4 in||1.6 x 8.8 x 6.5 in|
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|Total HDMI Ports||1||1||—||—|
|Total Usb Ports||1||1||1||—|
HomeWorx HW180STB high definition digital converter box can convert over-the-air (OTA) ATSC television signals to your analog TV, digital TV, projector, and computer monitor. The HDMI output support maximum resolution up to 1080P. It also has USB multimedia player function that user can play back their media file.
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From the prior above review and xbox.com forums, I bought this thinking that it should provide a way to get my over-the-air (OTA) HD channels directly into my Xbox One through the HDMI connection. I was somewhat mistaken.
The good news, it works very well! Got me more stations than I had before with my TV and HD-antenna and setup was easy. Totally worth saving the $50-75/month in cable TV fees.
The bad news, the Xbox One does NOT currently recognize it. What this means: while you can watch TV through the TV app in Xbox One, you cannot change channels or power on/off the HW180STB box. You have to do this using the provided remote (and you need to get two AAA batteries for that as well an HDMI cord). The only other minor negative is the small red LED that indicates off or standby is incredibly bright.
I hope/suspect Microsoft will probably get drivers to recognize this in the future, but now it's just one large step toward being able to control OTA TV through the Xbox One. If I would do it again, I would recommend getting the only one that the Xbox One has information on in its system: the HW150PVR that is currently only $5 more HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box w/ Media Player & Recording PVR Function / HDMI Out
- Fast channel changes
- EPG function is good
- Setup screen is intuitive
- Transparent/translucent CC options
- Manual is intelligible
- Built in power supply causes excessive heat to the unit
- Remote control is confusing and not color/shape coded
- Remote control signal is weak/unreliable
- Power on/off indicator LED is weak
- OSD is solid, does not have transparent/translucent option
- System freezes when recording
- No firmware support though option is available, Support website is useless
- Very unreliable
Now it is July 2014 and the replacement box has developed the same problem - it won't turn on. Major League Global will not replace it because it is "out of warranty". They suggest I contact their sales department and obtain a refurbished unit at a reduced cost.
So it works... but only plan on getting 9-10 months of use out of it and having to buy a totally new unit in 18-20 months.
Fantastic Value. I wanted to watch OTA TV via my XBox One and receiver, and this did the trick perfectly. I connected my HD antenna to this box, then used HDMI to connect to the XBox. I now watch my local channels through the XBox in surround sound via the receiver.
The XBox isn't programmed to recognize this box, but that's no problem - just use the included remote to change channels as you would normally. Since my receiver and TV are both recognized by XBox, I can turn them on and off and change volume via XBox no problem.
The menu options for this converter box are all I needed. It auto-scanned all my local channels, then I was able to delete the ones I wanted to skip. The default resolution was 1080i, which I changed to 1080p. This box did everything I wanted for a very reasonable price, and gets 5 stars for it.
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