Hybrid 8 Channel 1080p DVR with Human Detection Technology and 1 TB HDD - expandable up to 4 wireless devices - Brown Box

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Hybrid 8 Channel 1080p DVR with Human Detection Technology and 1 TB HDD - expandable up to 4 wireless devices - Brown Box is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 187.
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Key Features
  • Uninterrupted viewing and recording
  • No interference from Wi-Fi devices
  • Human Detection Technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras to use the Technology)
  • Internet only required for remote viewing and receiving alerts to a Smart Device

About this item

System Overview

  • 1080p HD Wired + Wireless Hybrid Security System with Customizable Storage
  • Compatible with 1080p Wired and Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Cameras and our 1080p Smart Doorbell
  • Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras to use the Technology)
  • Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees
  • View on Your TV! Works with the Google Assistant
  • See the 1080p Product Compatibility Chart for Compatible Wired and Wireless Devices

System Overview

The Night Owl® 1080p Wired + Wireless Hybrid Security System provides true security and flexibility. Night Owl’s Wired + Wireless worlds join forces for the first time. Worlds are colliding! There are absolutely no fees for storing your recordings. Simply keep everything on the pre-installed hard drive (not included with all models) or install your own hard drive up to 8TB. As if this wasn’t enough, our Hybrid DVR is also compatible with our 1080p Wired & Wireless cameras and our 1080p Smart Doorbell. At 1080p, you capture recordings with clarity and precision. With compatible cameras added to the DVR, Human Detection Technology uses advanced algorithms to detect human motion. This technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device and saves hard drive space.

The Night Owl® 1080p Wired + Wireless DVR works alongside a free mobile App for iOS® and Android™ Smart Phones and Tablets. Also, you can view on a PC or Mac with our free computer software. Plus, you have access to 24/7 technical support in English, Spanish and French, to provide all the support you need. Experience the quality, reliability, and excellent customer service of Night Owl® with our new 1080p Hybrid Security System.

1080p HD Resolution

View your world in 1080p! With 1080p High Definition video, you see intricate details with clarity and detect threats with precision. Night Owl’s 1080p Hybrid Security System helps provide the stunning image quality you crave. At 1080p (2MP) resolution (1920 pixels x 1080 pixels) you will experience stunning video quality with sharp definitive lines.

1080p HD Wired Cameras (Sold Separately)

Night Owl’s Wired technology provides uninterrupted viewing and recording with no delays by using a secure hardwired connection for true CCTV (Closed Circuit Television).

1080p HD Wireless Cameras and 1080p Smart Doorbell (Sold Separately)

With its own embedded network, you can add compatible Wireless devices to the DVR. Whether adding compatible AC powered Wireless cameras or our Smart Doorbell, you can’t beat the flexibility of the Hybrid.

  • Up to 500 ft. Wireless Range from the DVR
  • Smart Dual Sensor Technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device (Requires compatible device)
  • Equipped with 2-Way Audio
  • Flexibility to move the cameras without installing cables, saving you time and money

Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras)

Real-time alerts notify you of human activity as soon as it happens. The 1080p Hybrid DVR uses artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to detect human motion from up to 40 ft. away and send meaningful alerts. Advanced algorithms focus on human movement to reduce false alerts and save valuable hard drive space for recordings that matter. Real-time alerts are sent directly to your Smart Device, keeping you connected to your world.

Expand your Coverage

Boost your coverage by adding additional Wired cameras or Wireless devices. Or, take it to the next level by replacing your old doorbell with our 1080p Smart Doorbell that pairs to the Hybrid DVR. Easily add to your new Hybrid security system to accommodate your coverage needs. This ensures you have eyes and ears where you need them most. The maximum number of devices that can be added is determined by the number of channels, which varies by model.

View on your TV! Works with the Google Assistant (Cameras Sold Separately)

With the integration of Google Assistant, you can live stream your Hybrid security system to your TV in real-time using simple voice-activated commands. NOTE: Requires a TV utilizing Chromecast and a Google Home device. Integrate your Night Owl® Hybrid DVR with Google Assistant and use voice-activated commands to live stream your cameras to your TV in real-time.

Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees (Cameras Sold Separately)

Keep an eye on your world from anywhere in the world. You can save videos and images directly to your Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac. Night Owl® makes remote viewing easy. More importantly, there are no monthly fees! Additionally, you can playback video footage from multiple cameras. Talk about convenient! Our free and exclusive Night Owl® App for iOS® and Android™ Smart Devices and Control Management Software (“CMS”) for a PC or Mac, are easily setup in less than 2 minutes.

Customizable Storage w/ Advanced Video Compression Technology

NOTE: DVR can support HDD’s up to 8TB. Advanced video compression saves HDD space and bandwidth while boosting data transfer speeds. With customizable storage and powerful video compression, this DVR is a force to be reckoned with. Advanced video compression provides efficient video compression helping to save hard disk drive (“HDD”) space and enhance the remote viewing experience. Automatic overwrite allows the HDD to keep recording once it becomes full.

24/7 Technical Support, Available 365 Days a Year

At Night Owl®, our goal is to provide an unparalleled experience for any technical support required. We provide more assistance than any other security brand. Why call? Our support site has it all! An extensive library with support articles and videos is available on Night Owl’s support site. We provide Free 24/7 support, 365 days a year should you need more assistance. With tri-lingual phone support available (English, Spanish and French) and Live Chat, support is at your fingertips.

America's #1 Wired Video Security Brand

With cutting-edge technology and the consumer's best interest at heart, Night Owl® is the #1 Wired Security Brand in the U.S.* Night Owl® offers the best value in the market by designing and engineering high-quality products for ease of use and affordability. Our security products help protect homes & businesses across the globe. We've got your world covered.

Source: The NPD Group, Inc., Retail Tracking Services, U.S., Security & Monitoring, Camera Technology: excludes baby monitors, Wired Only. Based on dollar sales, January 2016-September 2019

(1) Internet and Smart Device access requires a router and High-Speed Internet connection with a minimum 2 Mbps upload speed. If your DVR is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to remotely view your system on your Smart Device or PC/Mac®. May require a free firmware update.
(2) The DVR is currently accessible on iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ running on 3G/4G Smart Devices. Push alerts currently available on Android™ and iOS®.
(3) Night Owl® does not charge any monthly fees to view or control your product over the Internet and/or Smart Device. Carrier fees and charges may apply.
(4) Night Owl® apps are free downloads compatible with Apple® and Android™ devices only. Compatibility at the time of manufacturing. Future Android™ and iOS® updates could affect the app experience.
(5) Recording capacity may vary. The size of your pre-installed hard drive will affect recording capabilities. Optimal recording based on using the lowest recording quality settings with one camera.
(6) Video streaming may be subject to interruptions or failures for reasons beyond Night Owl’s control, such as intermittent Wi-Fi or service provider outages.
(7) Night Owl does not provide third-party monitored emergency notification or response.
(8) Never install or remove the HDD while the DVR is powered on. Opening the cover of the DVR may cause severe electrical shock.
(9) Human Detection Technology is only compatible with select models. Please refer to NightOwlSP.com for more information on compatibility.
(10) Images may vary.

Disclaimer: Certain uses, publication and/or distribution of video/audio recordings from security cameras and/or audio devices are prohibited or restricted by federal, state and local laws. When enabling and/or using audio recording features with your hidden security camera, be sure to comply with the laws in your country, state, and locality. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

ATTN CA RESIDENTS: WARNING: This product can expose you to Polybrominated biphenyls, which is known to the State of California to cause Cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov


HDVRC20X81 Specifications

Package Contents

HDVRC20X81 Package Contents

Compatibility Chart


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product. Ordered the HDVRC20X81, with 2 wireless cameras, the doorbell, and 4 wired cameras. Initially upon receiving everything I was unable to get a good signal, after some troubleshooting we were able to determine the issue was in the DVR wireless ports. A quick internet chat, and 3 short days later the new DVR arrived, and everything runs seemlessly, crystal clear, and exactly as I had hoped upon purchasing. The customer service was absolutely excellent they made what could’ve been a stressful situation very easy for me. I could not be happier with my new security system and would recommend to anyone considering a security system!
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It, ok This is my third unit as an upgrade, I am happy with the DVR, but not pleased with customer service. At the time I purchased this unit I also purchased a two pack of wireless camera's, that your website recommend, however not being able to get through to support, I did my own research, only to discover the camera pack I bought, did not work with this DVR. so I try calling to find out how to return them, and I cant understand the rep I was speaking to, due to she could barely speak English. After my own research I find the right cameras for my DVR.(since I cant get through to support) witch I would like to purchase as well, but not until someone can explain to me how to return the wrong ones.
Date published: 2021-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good buuuut... Something that is not mentioned in the description, this has to be hooked up with an Ethernet cable to work. I’m talking directly from your modem/router. This does not have the option to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Video quality could be better We have CM-AHD10W-BU-H cameras. Very crisp even in low light. Some of them had gotten so old they needed replacing. Unfortunately those cameras aren't being manufactured any longer so we bought 2 of these instead. The quality isn't as good as the CM-AHD10W-BUH cameras. Not terrible, just slightly.
Date published: 2021-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs 12 Channel Viewing Option I bought this Hybrid DVR as soon at it was launched as an upgrade to my previous Night Owl DVR because I wanted to incorporate my Night Owl doorbell in the same system as the rest of my home cameras. The PC CMS software was not even available yet. I have been using Night Owl products for over 8 years now and I am love their systems, reliable but does not break the bank. The CMS software for the PC is now available but I am disappointed that it does not give the option to view 12 channels at a time and no playback feature either for PC. The viewing options are 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 16, 25 channels. Do I need to remind Night Owl that this is a 12 Channel Hybrid system? Customers should have the 12 channel viewing option, especially in my case that I am using all 12 channels. I shouldn't have to use the 16 channel viewing option, just to have 4 blank channel spots on my screen. Please fix this.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strongly Recommend I bought this unit and added 6 wired cameras, 2 1080p wireless cameras and bought a new doorbell and added it. It let me arrange the system for my needs which made the wife and i very happy. If i want to add more cameras later on i can. I have already recommendded this product to my friends.
Date published: 2019-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy install Purchased and installed. Wireless cameras are awesome with sound recording also. Wired cameras have a spot light to deter thieves but 2 of the lights come on and 2 do not and I have the settings on all cameras with light turned off. One of the cameras is constantly in black and white and can’t get color but love them other than the one camera in black and white and can’t turn the spotlights off.
Date published: 2020-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good price for all the channels offered. We have had a night owl unit for five years and it did great until recently with hard drive failure and other issues. So I priced this unit and a very good price for 16 channels offered. Bought and put into service..only been over a week now but seems fine. Only reason for four stars is because unlike our other unit on play back and recording on a memory stick, I could record and view all cameas in one backup onto the stick. This unit only allows you to record only one channel at a time...time consuming...and you can only view two cameras at a time when playing play back?...why not all like the other?......maybe you guys and tweek your software out to accomplish this like your other units? For the price and all the channels offered I would recondmend at this time.......only time will tell if it holds up?
Date published: 2020-08-22
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Questions & Answers

are these cameras compatable with my dvr c20-41-jf?

Asked by: caren
Yes, they are compatible.
Answered by: Customer Support Team
Date published: 2022-07-14

Are these cameras compatible to the dvr bbhda10pb-8?

Asked by: Frogger
Yes, these cameras are compatible with that model for video. However, the spotlight feature will not work with that DVR. Please view this link for more information on compatibility. Thank you for choosing Night Owl! https://support.nightowlsp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039151573
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-10-28

I have a DVR-HDA10LB-8 what cameras are compatible if any?

Asked by: Ehoff
Please see the link below for more information on camera compatibility. Thank you for choosing Night Owl! https://support.nightowlsp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039151573
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-09-10

what is pir?

Asked by: robrob
PIR stands for passive infrared. These cameras do not have our PIR technology. This technology uses a heat sensor which, when coupled with motion detection, works to drastically reduce false alerts to your smart device and save hard drive space. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-03-31

Good afternoon, I have the Night Owl HC20X-81-4L. How do you rewind to check previous footage and also how to delete footage? Thank you.

Asked by: Jackie1111
In order to delete footage, you would need to reformat the hard drive. Before doing so, ensure that you have backed-up all recordings that you want saved. You can rewind during playback using the toolbar. If you are searching for older recordings, you would simply need to use the filters to find the recordings you are looking for. Please view your manual for more detailed information and images. Thank you! https://support.nightowlsp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015384014-HC20X-Series
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-03-31

What wifi cameras are compatible with HDVRC20X8?

Asked by: Johnny067
Please see the link below for compatibility. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call our pre-sales team at 1-866-979-0580 or email sales@nightowlsp.com. Thank you for choosing Night Owl! https://ferrismarketing.box.com/shared/static/vlbzbjqyxz6cwou9cknsn76u172669k1.jpg
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-03-24

is this hybrid compatible with my CM-PIRHDA10W-BU-H wired cameras

Asked by: Eddy E
Yes, the HC20X Series Hybrid DVR is 100% compatible with the camera you listed. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2021-06-28

Are the CM-HDA10W-BU cameras compatible with this hybrid system? Is it possible to get the dvr with 4 wireless cameras?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, our HDA10 cameras are fully compatible with this model. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-11-30
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