Originally Posted by leebo
Sure. So there's software called "PlayOn" and a second companion software called "Play Later"....
Interesting. I checked on their site, and it seems to be software you install on a home PC where it will record streams that you indicate and then it serves the recordings out to Roku boxes throughout the house. It's certainly not a turn key system though. Apparently Hulu doesn't carry all TV shows, so you have to program a patchwork of streams to record from. And there isn't really anyone to call when something goes wrong because you are using your own hardware, through the PlayOn software, to record content from Hulu and other providers, over your cable companies internet lines.
I have dozens of movies I've "recorded" from Netflix. As Netflix removes them, I get to keep them.
I could, if I wanted, subscribe to HBO for a month, record seasons of HBO series from HBOGO, then cancel HBO and spend a few months watching my recordings.
Then there's Usenet and Torrents, which, contrary to what many people have been brainwashed into thinking, are not all illegal files. There are tons of public domain shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and Gilligan's Island available. No need to subscribe to expanded basic to get TV Land. There are even programs that can automatically search out these shows and download them for you.
All of this sounds like it turns watching TV into a job or a chore. I mean, sure, I could DVR a bunch of stuff to watch on HBO and then call the cable co. and cancel it for a few months, but what does doing that get me?
Public domain choices aren't really a concern, since I already know what I want to watch. I don't want to change what I watch simply because that is all that is available using these methods. I want to come home from work and turn the TV on knowing that my shows recorded and can be watched that night. Depending on this patchwork of providers, hardware and software sounds like far too much hassle. It would be easier to just buy the DVD sets of the shows that I watch and view them commercial free that way.
I just don't see an advantage to this method of content delivery over what we have today.