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Terrestrial HDTV Receivers--any recommended?

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Our big screen in the HT room gets very little use with most DirecTV programming...most non-HD channels just look plain ugly, and we use it primarily for movies. It's just over 4 years old, so it came from the "HD Ready" era, and does not include an over-the-air digital or HD tuner. We now have a 2004 vintage Samsung DirecTV HD receiver with the input for a terrestrial antenna, along with a decent UHF antenna. We live close enough to Chicago that over-the-air HD is far superior to that over DirecTV (which is obviously compressed and thus loses a lot in comparison.)

I was thinking about dropping DirecTV in that room and simply getting an HD terrestrial tuner, but there don't seem to be a lot out there--the Samsung DTBH260F seems to be the most commonly listed unit, sometimes the only one sold by online vendors.

I am not a big fan of Samsung TV tuners, as we've had to replace several of the non-HD Samsung DirecTV boxes in other room over the past few years just after warranty expiration (of course.) The Samsung DirecTV HD/terrestrial HD box has always run very hot and seems to lose programming info much more often than the non-HD boxes.

The DTBH260F sells for $170-$180, but in reviewing our DirecTV monthly bill, we pay $51 for Total Choice, $10 for the "original" DirecTV HD package with maybe 8 channels, plus $5 each for the other two boxes. It appears that I'd only save $15 per month by dropping the HD service and box, so there's a one year payback on buying the DTBH260F. But given our poor experience, I fear that the DTBH260F might not last all that long.

Any recommendations for a different, or cheaper, terrestrial HD tuner? I'm not interested in a TiVo, DVR, or anything like that--we just aren't hard core TV people any more!
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i picked up an hd tuner on ebay for about 50 bucks (used) and it works great, its fully capable of displaying 1080i through component video outputs. For 50 bucks it might be worth a shot

Used HDTV & Digital Tuner-- Hisense--With Warranty!!!!! - eBay (item 350048919277 end time Apr-17-08 18:01:38 PDT)
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Thanks, but I need something with DVI or HDMI output.
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