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Looks like these are getting pretty close to release. Beta testers have been running it through its paces.



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The Simple.TV DVR replaces your existing cable box with a smaller, less power-hungry (and frankly better-looking) device. It's a powerful HD tuner and DVR in one simple package. Just connect an external USB hard drive for storage, plug in your TV and Ethernet cables and complete the setup with your PC or Mac browser at www.simple.tv.
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Smaller, better-looking... maybe, but I consider this form factor a negative. My Blu-Ray player stacks neatly on my TiVo, and I could reverse that stack order if I had to. But if I had this, it could only go on top. And damnit, they can't all be on top. It's the same complaint I have about (especially) the Boxee Box, among other devices.

57 channels and nothing on
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It's been covered in other threads. For starters it's only a single tuner... at that point what else matters. Not to mention a monthly fee which won't go over well with most here.
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It looks like a pill.
Hard to swallow.
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Not to mention a monthly fee which won't go over well with most here.

Don't even start that discussion up here.

Abundant OTA television is what makes this country different from all others. Lets keep it this way.
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Does this use a CC? If not I can't see how this would be too useful for cable folks...and AFA the design, I agree I like to stack my components, something like this and the other couple of funny designed CECBs are frankly a pain to work around.
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Does this use a CC? If not I can't see how this would be too useful for cable folks...and AFA the design, I agree I like to stack my components, something like this and the other couple of funny designed CECBs are frankly a pain to work around.

No, Cable Card is not supported. Anybody using this on cable would have to put up with the clear QAM BS.

It seems there is a trend for manufacturers to make funky little boxes that follow no certain size format.
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It's been covered in other threads. For starters it's only a single tuner... at that point what else matters. Not to mention a monthly fee which won't go over well with most here.

Buy two. Also the review I read says no fee unless you want to sling it to your phone. Then only 4.99.
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According to multiple outlets it looks like this will be shipping on 09/27/12! http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/20/simple-tvs-149-dvr-for-iphone-ipad-roku-and-web-ships-september-27/
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Based on my wants/needs the only redeeming value is the ability to stream to Roku (and future streamers?). On the other side, I currently have four tuners (2 networked HDHomeRuns) and a Windows 7 PC running WMC at zero per month for a total investment of $410. No, I couldn't live without series scheduling, guide, etc so is it $5 a month for one device or $20 if I purchase four?

 

Cost wise it would be $600 (Simple.TVs), $90 for Roku (wired version) plus the monthly subscription. With my current setup I can view TV on any Windows PC (live or recordings)/Mac (live)/laptop/etc. I see it's using MP4 which makes me wonder about the quality of its image... quite a few unknowns I look forward to seeing answered. If they retain the native image quality, support enough clients and integrate multiple units management and interface transparently I'll take a closer look.

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Based on my wants/needs the only redeeming value is the ability to stream to Roku (and future streamers?). On the other side, I currently have four tuners (2 networked HDHomeRuns) and a Windows 7 PC running WMC at zero per month for a total investment of $410. No, I couldn't live without series scheduling, guide, etc so is it $5 a month for one device or $20 if I purchase four?

Cost wise it would be $600 (Simple.TVs), $90 for Roku (wired version) plus the monthly subscription. With my current setup I can view TV on any Windows PC (live or recordings)/Mac (live)/laptop/etc. I see it's using MP4 which makes me wonder about the quality of its image... quite a few unknowns I look forward to seeing answered. If they retain the native image quality, support enough clients and integrate multiple units management and interface transparently I'll take a closer look.

I have a similar setup to you currently as well. I have my Main PC with two Dual ATSM/QAM Avermedia tuners running W7 + WMC and 3 xbox 360's at each of my TV's. I'm also running Plex and currently have 3 Samsung BD-D5300's that are used for Plex, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. I'm mainly trying to get over the Roku and the ability to have everything in one device is very appealing to me.

We'll see once it starts shipping late next week, I didn't get in on the kickstarter project so I'm guessing I'll be able to order one next week hopefully.
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Just saw where this guy has been delayed another couple of weeks. Lifetime service is priced at $300... for only one-turner. Personally, for OTA (only) I find even four tuners some what restrictive. As an example Monday night WMC found five of my series to record... sure on some nights it's close to zero. However with very little selection to start with missing a show (worth recording) hurts. More so than with pay-TV where the likelihood of the show being repeated is much greater.

Has it been confirmed Lifetime is per unit not installation (x per?) and or individual? Is the interface able to merge multiple units seamlessly?
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Lifetime is per user. But, only 1 user per Simple.tv account.

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Lifetime is per user. But, only 1 user per Simple.tv account.

$750 - for 4-tuners ($450 for two)? on one network... how about a common interface? Or do you have to bounce between each device manually? Let's see which one is supposed to record The Good Wife...
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From their forum, it appears you'll need to unpair/pair (via Roku and other supported devices) everytime you want to switch between tuners/units. This sucks. Add to this the inability to archive your recordings (to your computer or home server), and recordings being re-encoded to H.264 (not kept as original MPEG2 transport streams), I got less interested. Hoping Boxee will bring out a new box this Fall (rumored only) with OTA DVR capabilities, but for now I'm using WMC with HDHomeRun.

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From their forum, it appears you'll need to unpair/pair (via Roku and other supported devices) everytime you want to switch between tuners/units.

To my thinking this thing is so outdated before it even ships that I have zero interest in it. I'm hoping the next release of XBMC's DVR features are strong enough that I'll move in that direction.
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Agree with you, but for users who simply want to record to view via Roku or another connected device or mobile, and don't care that they are tied to Simple.tv's ecosystem, I guess there is some appeal over costlier options like TiVo with their add-on box for streaming.

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From their forum, it appears you'll need to unpair/pair (via Roku and other supported devices) everytime you want to switch between tuners/units. This sucks. Add to this the inability to archive your recordings (to your computer or home server), and recordings being re-encoded to H.264 (not kept as original MPEG2 transport streams), I got less interested. Hoping Boxee will bring out a new box this Fall (rumored only) with OTA DVR capabilities, but for now I'm using WMC with HDHomeRun.

Ouch! I didn't realize they were going to make it that difficult. I'll be sticking with my 360 Extenders for now it seems!
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They are promising the ability to let users offload recordings w/o DRM (or in a non-proprietary method) to your computer for playback anywhere "in the future".

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Did anyone receive their Simple.tv yet?

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I received my Simple.tv HDTV tuner.

It's obvious that they still have a few things that need to be cleaned up in the software and interface. Having said that, I like how it works and think that it's a good product.

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What devices are you using it with?
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I received my Simple.tv HDTV tuner.
It's obvious that they still have a few things that need to be cleaned up in the software and interface. Having said that, I like how it works and think that it's a good product.
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I use a Roku XD/S to display the Simple.tv on a 46" 1080p display.

The image quality for HD programs is very good. The biggest issue is that the audio sometimes gets out of sync with the video. The Simple.tv is still in beta, so I'm willing to put up with a few minor glitches, which I think will be fixed soon by a software update. So far I think that it's a good product, which will be a great product, with a bit more development.

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Not sure if there is another SimpleTV thread(because I could have sworn I posted the last time Woot had the DVR on sale) but it's back(and I think quite a bit cheaper than last time they had it).
$99 http://www.woot.com/offers/simple-tv-the-ultimate-dvr
Not sure how long it will last and I have no personal experience with this DVR, just passin' the link on for anyone interested smile.gif

Deal has SOLD OUT!
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Looks like Newegg has setup pre-orders for the SimpleTV 2:
http://promotions.newegg.com/vga/13-4872/index.html?icid=214333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815345016

For anyone who got in on the Woot deal apparently you are able to transfer your lifetime subscription from the original SimpleTV to the new Dual Tuner one.
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They will finally ship a dual tuner well after four became the minimum... even with the whopping six channels I receive (that I watch) I hit four recordings often on Sunday and Monday. Less channels the more important you don't miss something worth watching.

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They are promising the ability to let users offload recordings w/o DRM (or in a non-proprietary method) to your computer for playback anywhere "in the future".
STV is still promising this as coming "soon" LOL, but a couple of saavy users are STV forums figured out a way to save your recordings to your computer...

- The tool
- The discussion thread at STV

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STV is still promising this as coming "soon" LOL, but a couple of saavy users are STV forums figured out a way to save your recordings to your computer...

- The tool
- The discussion thread at STV


And now this for my Nexus 5 and 7:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.topherc.simpletvdownloader.app


FWIW, I just answered a SurveyMonkey survey on SimpleTV whereby it ends with questions about willingness to go Cloud:
http://community.simple.tv/index.php?/topic/815-had-a-good-chat-with-simpletv-ops-manager-qa-engineer-today/?p=5719
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