Originally Posted by Charles R
DVR - Current State of Affairs
My TiVo appears to be going South and I'm looking around to replace it... I have used HDHomeRuns in the past (WMC & DVBLink) so I'm good there. I'll need either two Connects or Extends (or a combo).
I refuse to pay an annual fee for guide data as I just as soon purchase another TiVo with Lifetime ($399 worse case). I also refuse to pay much more than what a TiVo replacement costs as I'm more than happy with it. Two issues in a dozen years with various models.
This being the case if I can natively use the Shield to schedule "season passes" with four tuners I might bite. I would need to view recordings while they are still recording and come to think it I would lose Skip Mode... that in itself might be a deal breaker.
Anyway can/does the Shield work as a usable DVR with guide data via Android TV or does something else need to be thrown in. If so, I'd lean more towards Plex Media Server DVR running on my ODROID (if it's powerful enough).
I use the Shield as a DVR exclusively. I have a 2TB Western Digital Drive physically attached to the Shield now. For me the Channel Guide, a basic grid layout, is much better to use compared to how Plex's lay out, which is more Icon based. I'm using an HD HomeRun Connect Network tuner. The Shield will find multiple tuners on the network and configure them for you but I only have experience with 2 tuners so far.
There appears to be no ability to record to a NAS like Plex, and there's no way to share the content to other devices, unless you use a network DVR System such as Plex or Kodi Based Live TV Applications. I don't have any experience with Tablo, nor understand how that entirely works.
I can pause, fast-forward, and rewind recordings, and similar to a Tivo while watching Live TV, I can pause, and rewind, and shifted back enough from pausing, I can fast-forward.
Just a warning: Look for the August Build of the Live TV app, for the latest build bricked the Live TV Experience as a whole. You will see a "Low Signal" error appear on your TV as you're advancing through channels, knowing that you have strong signals by the use of the HD HomeRun View App on the Shield, Windows PC, or Mobile device.
This app is still apparently in "Beta" but it's been over 6 months, so I really don't know the fate of this feature. I'm waiting for next week's Event where Google will release of the Pixel 2 Phones to see if anything other than the Phones will be discussed. Hopefully Android TV's new interface through Orea, HDR for Youtube, and Live TV will be discussed.