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Yup still in CT. We are several miles from the Mass border on a 1,000 foot mountain top (great for ham radio). I'm re-doing my rack mounted home theater system updating some hardware and of course will be using BeyondTV for my HTPC.
Currently suffering with a Comcast DVR .. very fancy .. lot's of bells and whistles (voice control etc) but I can't wait to get back to my BTV setup.
I'm not too worried about the SnapStream company. Even if they stop supplying the EPG content we can still subscribe to one of the available paid for subscriptions. When I was first playing around with NextPVR as a BTV alternative (before we got cable card working with BTV) I used a subscription service, (Schedules Direct) for a while and it was not expensive. I'm sure we will be able to make something like that work with BTV.
I'm more worried about some of the things going on with Microsoft and Windows 7, 8 and 10. I said a year ago that I got the feeling that MS was trying to take a page out of the Apple company's book. MS wants one windows OS to be one option and that will be for the PC, Tablet and phone. Lately I've heard rumors about Microsoft's very aggressive nagging to get Win 7, and 8 users to upgrade to 10. I hope what I read were just rumors because if it is true IMHO MS has resorted to some pretty nasty tactics. While in the process of upgrading the hardware for my BTV system, I think I will see how it will run in a Windows 10 OS.
Safe to say, I'll be using Beyond TV for years to come. I hope SS gets the forum back up as I hope to spend some time there discussing future BTV things along with HTPC builds and Win 10. After using Windows 10 on both my convertible notebook and main computer since it was first released, I'm confident that BTV should work fine with my HTPC system.
Meanwhile all we can do is wait for SS to get the forum back up. As I mentioned, the snapstream.net EPG is still working and no one that I know of has had any interruption in service. After all, SS has been giving us free use of their forum and EPG since ?? heh heh I'm so old now I can't remember when we started !! So I say, "hang in there".
- Rich A