Originally Posted by leedef
You ask why anyone would stll have a decade old ReplayTV. We have 3 networked ReplayTVs (5000 series connected to DirecTV units via Patterson Translators) and love them. They are connected to HDTVs in 3 rooms (although not quite HD, video looks quite good). The three units can each record different shos independently and can be watched from any room.
Show me a TIVO or other provider supplied DVR that can automatically skip commercials AND let you request and receive missed shows via IVS (Internet Video Sharing) from other ReplayTV owners and I might consider switching. Also, with DVArchive I can easily move shows from any of the units to our desktop computer as .mpg files. Until then I'll keep buying used ReplayTVs on eBay and Craigslist for pennies.
By the way, activation now costs zero, no monthly fee and the Channel Guide still updates automatically.
That's exactly right. No cableco system can do all those things. For those of us who grew up on ReplayTV, the bar is high--WAY higher than any cableco is willing to achieve. The Arris Moxi-based system that Arris sells to cablecos is a serious step in the right direction, and frankly is so much better than older cableco offerings that Joe Sixpack is ecstatic at the feature set and has no real reason to look any further.
Of course, the cablecos are moving away from analog--which makes the tuner in the ReplayTV useless, and which forces the damnable cable box anyway.
So, the REAL solution is a cableCARD and either Tivo, or Windows Media Center, or--now this is the real solution--the Ceton Q/Echo/Companion Apps solution.
Anyway, 18 months ago I moved from three Replay 5500s to Windows Media Center with a four tuner Ceton card and extenders at the remote TVs. I also added ShowAnalyzer to skip commercials, and it's as good as if not better than the Replay behavior.
It all works great. I then added Remote Potato for remote scheduling/viewing--yes, remote viewing--and it also works great. I have zero regrets moving to this solution.
So, the question comes back around to: why does anyone use ReplayTV anymore?
Mostly the answer is, because they have it and it's in place and it's working, and why mess up a functional thing. Usually you'll hear from satellite subscribers on this one.
But as things change for those people who are on landline cable systems, who still use Replay for whatever reason, they will one at a time discard their Replays for something else.