Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Pacifica, CALIF USA
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Well first off, yes it looks a little dead ( I check this forum at least 2-3 times a week just to see if anything new is happening.), but that should not be a big surprise either. After all Replay TVs are dinosaurs now. Not for any other reason then that they don't do HD, and just about everyone has an HD TV. Once you get used to HD, a SD picture looks really bad, especially for sports. But with that said, I still think Replay TV has the best user interface of any HD I've used. That would include TIVO, Comcast's piece of ---- (used it just 1 day), Dish, and DVR Pal. One of the reasons I bought Replay over TIVO on day one, at least 10 years ago, was the user interface seemed so intuitive. Best Buy was having a big intro thing and had them setup side by side with reps from each company. Replay was clearly the best. But just like the better Beta-Max lost out over VHS, Replay did too.
So to the second point of your post. OTA set top boxes. I am not sure these are even available anymore, but I have used the CM 7000 for the network stations for the 2 years I was using Dish for everything else. Worked very well with Replay without having to monkey around with anything. Had an excellent picture. But when I switched back to Comcast about 2 years ago I no longer needed that function so they are sitting on the shelf till a need comes up again. I am sure the need will eventually come up. I know there are some issues mentioned in this forum about the bad CAPs and the boxes failing. So I may have to address that some day. But the boxes worked well and I can recommend.
I guess I haven't mentioned that my Home Theater setup includes a new Panasonic 55 inch Plasma TV, an Onkyo TX-717 home theater receiver, 2 Replay 5040 (connected to Comcast - 1 in living room, 1 in master bedroom), and a CM 7000 PAL DVR (OTA only). As I said earlier I had a Comcast DVR and it was a piece of junk and I wasn't about to spend $1 a month on that thing so kept it just 1 day and hooked up my Replay's instead. But I missed my sports in HD so bought the DVR PAL. It works well and is reliable but does not compare with Replay in any way. If it would give me the ability to limit the number of episode to record and to record only new episodes, I'd rate it pretty high. I should also mention that my Onkyo receiver up-converts all its inputs and outputs them at 1080p to my Panny. Does a real good job and makes Replay look every better but of course not true HD. I did have a up-converter box hooked up (a cheapee from China) which worked pretty good, but when I got the Onkyo it became obsolete.
So Replay TV lives! I think I will be using mine for a long time. I actually have a 3rd Replay 5040 which I recently acquired and put in the back bedroom so my son can have a dedicated box hooked to our Slingbox. He is in Korea and can watch all the US stuff he likes. Bought a 4th Replay on Ebay recently as a pure backup. So in total I have 4. So I expect to be using mine for a long time. By the way, all are hooked up to Wirns.