Originally Posted by twarren
received an email from customer support that Sezmi is discontinuing their consumer service; programming guide and recording service will end as of Sept 26th; we can still view recorded programs and "rent" movies for no charge until Nov 1.
From their website @ sezmi . com /support/news
We regret to inform you that Sezmi is discontinuing its consumer service. As of Monday, September 26, 2011, you will no longer be able to view or record broadcast TV programming through your Sezmi System. However, you will still be able to view movies and shows you have already saved to your Sezmi media recorder. To help ease the transition, you may also rent movies and shows if available at no charge from Sezmi's On Demand catalog through November 1, 2011.
Why do you have to discontinue your consumer service?
Sezmi has changed its business focus to providing our product and technology platform to service providers, internationally and in the U.S., who are interested in providing broadband video services to their customers. As a result, we are no longer supporting our direct-to-consumer service.
What does this mean for me?
You will no longer be billed for Sezmi service. As of September 26th, you will no longer be able to utilize the programming guide and your digital media recorder will no longer operate as a recorder. You will be able to view movies and shows you have already saved to your recorder and YouTube access will not be affected. Between now and November 1st, you may rent any movies or shows at no charge to you. After November 1, Sezmi's On Demand catalog will no longer be available but you will be able to use your Sezmi system to view all programming you have saved to the media recorder.
Thank you for having allowed us to serve you
We sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm and loyalty our customers have shown. Sezmi was launched to provide customers a new video entertainment choice that provides a premium video experience at a more affordable price. With our new company focus, we will continue to develop our video solutions and provide them to service providers who will be in a better position to offer the Service to much broader customer base.
I love my Sezmi, I save a lot of time fastforwarding through commercials and time-shifting programs. I will really miss it not working....Which is in 3 days - not much notice at all to find a replacement.
Question: Has anyone hacked a Sezmi? It would be nice to be able to load the Electronic Program Guide from a file and continue to use it for viewing live programs.
If not, what do you recommend as a replacement? I want to be able to watch OTA TV, record at least one show while watching a different live HDTV channel (2 tuners), and pay a minimal amount per month for the service. I am willing to buy or lease a box to do this. I bought the Sezmi because the service was only $4.95/month, not $20 like TiVo.
I am sure a lot of other people will have the same concerns, so lets work on a solution!