My new $160 32” 2015 720p Roku TCL TV records up to 90 minutes of OTA TV. This “Live TV Pause” was added to Roku OS in Nov 2016 — just 3 months ago.
With a 16GB+ USB storage device you can pause OTA TV for up to 90 minutes. I used a USB thumb drive I wasn’t making much use of — easy setup and it works well.
Of course what I really want is the lost ability to time-shift OTA TV without paying a monthly fee. Like we used to do routinely in the 1980s . If Roku added that in a future OS update they’d make me a crazed fan boy.
For now they recommend Tablo (requires $5/m guide?) along with the Roku Tablo Channel.
A few other notes on this ultra-cheap TV:
- Given its size and viewing distance the 720p resolution seems to satisfy my undiscriminating family. (I rarely watch TV myself.)
- When Roku dies it will probably die too. It needs Roku and a Roku account for initial configuration. It claims a credit card number is required (#$$%!) but it lies, you can skip entry. Which I did.
- Until it’s configured, which requires Wifi and a computing device of some kind, it’s useless.
- The channels include Spotify. I have an analog jack from the headphone out to my 32y+ stereo and my playlist sounds great. Really unexpected benefit.
- It has RCA inputs so I can use my old DVD player (otherwise I suppose I’d use the XBOX and HDMI input).
- It’s surprisingly easy to configure and the menus are well designed
- It has the simplest remote in the industry
- There’s an iPhone app that you can use instead of the remote.
- Wirecutter liked it (why I bought it really) even before they added the Live TV Pause.
 The lack of consumer resistance to the end of convenient low cost OTA TV time-shifting now seems an early warning of Trump susceptibility.