I bought the Scribe because I just wanted an easy all in one DVR, plus the Scribe was only $100 more compared to a similar 4 tuner non-DVR from HDHR, and their DVR yearly fee was minimal. At this point, the benefit (for me) if Channels made use of the DVR (like if it just saw it as a NAS) would be that I still have a dead simple and cheap setup. But if I just need to do a separate Channels DVR then that’s easy enough I guess. However, there were multiple reasons why I instantly started looking at 3rd party once I got my HDHR setup. The GUI on HDHR is ancient and reminds me of an old device for kids. Then the quality of the output (live channels) from the HDHR is terrible on my iPhone and 2 4K FireTV sticks (my 2 4K pendants look ok however, just not quite as good as Channels). Below is what I posted on their forums if you’re into any tech rant stuff.
HDHomeRun's output of live and DVR was definitely a 30p look, which made 1080i stuff have jagged edge graphics and a very obvious de-interlaced 30p look (I work for a TV station and have worked in the video world for the past 27 years, currently doing most stuff in 4K 60p) so that was an additional thing I sought out more information about. I tried out Channels on my iPhone and instantly enjoyed the GUI much more, but then when I started watching live TV, I then noticed just how bad the HDHomeRun output was in comparison. Channels is outputting a 60p signal that preserves the smoothness of a live 1080i or 720p broadcast, but then also keeps the graphics smooth and clean. Here are some additional findings when I inspected frames in detail, along with the attached image which shows HDHomeRun on the left, and Channels on the right in each scenario. The channel 13 examples are 1080i, the channel 59 example is 720 60p:
HDHomeRun has 29 pixels of black at the bottom, 0 at the top, 1 pixel on each side
It’s scaled up to 100.3% compared to full size 1920x1080, which also results in a few rows of cropping at the top and bottom
1-2 pixels of black at the top, 0 at the bottom or sides
Black levels (bottom right corner of sample pic) the Channels App had a Hue, Saturation and Black level of 0, 0, 0 where the HDHomeRun had 293˚ Hue, 11% Saturation and 7% Black levels. Definitely washed out, and also the whites on Channels measuring 99%, the HDHomeRun whites only measure 92%, resulting in the very flat picture.