I feel a bit guilty for stirring the waters again, but maybe this will be a nice distraction from the election commercials! It looks like it’s been about a half-year since the last thread like this, and I want to test the waters. WHERE TO NEXT? I'm not doom-and-gloom, I just recoginze that my Replays won't last me forever, and I want to mentally prepare myself for Plan B.
I still have two working 5040s (HDs upgraded, and a used spare HD). I’d been thinking of jumping to the Ceton Q, but the “Coming in 2012” changed to Release TBD
, and now the web page is Error 404.
I’m not thrilled about the HTPC route. A) Although I could probably set-up a HTPC system, I want to have something that is maintainable by my Apple-based wife, if I’m not available B) I’m concerned about the Media Center support (or lack of) coming from Microsoft, C) I’m not thrilled with having yet another PC in the house to support (I even left WiRNS and went back to The Mother Ship for program updates – let’s see how long that lasts). It just seems that if I’m going to make the time and $ investment in something new at this point, it shouldn’t be to something that’s already on the ropes.
I do have a Synology NAS that I’ve been VERY happy with. They have started development of a Video Station application. Is supports some USB tuners, but appears not to have United States-based tuner support yet. They are an innovative company, and I like the audio streaming and photo support (not to mention new DDNS support). It’s amazing having a functioning, supported piece of equipment that the vendor just adds new applications for free as they develop them. So, I’m definitely thinking of waiting longer to let them to develop a more fully-functional application. But, again there’s the waiting. And you never know what you’re going to get (or not). A dream system could be a Ceton 6-tuner CableCard USB input into the Synology, with Ceton Echo players…
I have mixed feelings on HDTV. The HDTV is nice. Our Time Warner still supports many analog channels, and we are doing fine with those on our Replay (no IR-blaster). We do have a separate digital box that I haven’t bothered to IR-connect to the Replay (might actually be a good weekend project, now that I think about it…). We did have a TWC DVR box, but found the user interface clunky, and downgraded. But, if I'm going to invest the time and $, I think it should suport HDTV.
At some point in time, If I don’t find another good, alternate solution, we may just take the plunge and go with multiple TWC DVRs. Suportable, can share shows between rooms, HDTV, etc. I just shudder at the thought of opening the monthly cable bill if we go that route.
And I have to mention Tivo. As a long-time Reply customer, I feel almost dirty mentioning the word in this forum. But, I know some of us have done it. is it a viable "upgrade" path?
At one point or another, I know many of us are thinking these same thoughts. If you’ve found a solution that works for you (and better yet, would work for me
), please reply.