Originally Posted by mdavej
If you are open to using a PC in the mix, you should forget the iView and use HDHomeRun and Windows Media Center. Guide data is free on that platform, and it's a full featured DVR. I use WMC for my main system and iView where a PC is not convenient.
The HDHR's are great aren't they? I have one in the basement and a cat 5 run into the office where the computer lives.
I have some great FFMPEG scripts that transcode the recordings to MP4. But it still remains not on my TV in the lounge. I have to run EPG collector a few times a day to get the gride view in XBMC through Media Portal on an Android TV box connected to the TV.
My issue is all of that isn't a box connected to the TV that non-techies can use.
The iView can get free EPG data. What it cannot do is save this meta data and thus make filenames such as showtitle-channel-date.mts which is my point about it being useless as a DVR.
If the iView saved to EPG data it clearly collects (ie it handwrites its own recording look up table), it can figure out what it has recorded.
Ok if it is a DVR, it's not a very self aware one. It's a dumb recorder like a VCR. In the sense that you record something but it never had any meta data on the tape.
I know what a DVR is and what is ridiculous is that one user who is handwriting a lookup table to match filename to show title.
That data is there the iView can read the EPG why shouldn't we expect it to save the show title in the filename? Thus becoming a usable DVR.
If it did save EPG data, it could create an EPG grid even with one tuner.
I'm talking about usability!!
Have I been over critical? Yes. Is this almost there as a DVR? Yes, the issue I've highlighted is a real concern and makes it less useful as a DVR.