Originally Posted by Bigjohns
My10 year old can send a show, or receive one on replay. He can toggle to the DVA boxes and watch old shows we saved..
What is your point? a good UI is a good UI. If sage had IVS I'm sure your 10 year old could send a show.
Sage is "more technical". I doubt that I could send a sage enabled PC to my dad in Florida and expect it to be set up in 90 minutes or less... but the Replay works. It just does.
No argument there recording TV on a PC is not for the plug-n-play crowd. But then again, XP doesn't have a designed in weekly maintenance reboot. RTV had some issues. Oh, yeah no duoble select bug on the web remote either.
all in good fun do not want a flame war with last remaining hold outs.
And that's the difference, isn't it?
The difference for me. Was/is HD. If RTV had made the jump to HD I am sure I would have at least two of them in my house. As for ease of use, yeah sure setting up a RTV is easier that setting up Sage for the first time. However, throw in DVA, plus WiRNS to the mix and it gets a little beyond plug and play for even RTVs.
If there was a 'breakdown' of parts to get a sage box up and running, slaving a DishHD unit, I'd be interested in looking at it..
the whole usenet / hulu thing has convince me - I will never deal with a satellite or cable company again (as long as these are available) I get plenty via dual OTA tuners as it stands now - I can barely keep up with it. I cancelled my analog cable as soon as the RTVs were shipped out. I cannot see myself signing up for Satellite (and shelling out for an HD-PVR to get it into Sage) when I can goto hulu and watch what I want. (Hopefully hulu support will be native to the Sage HD200 extender as they showed at CES, and I wont have to fiddle with PlayOn).
Sage (and others) are not going to be 'main stream' until someone builds a 'cable box' or 'satellite box' on a PCI card that you can slap into it.
Sage will never be mainstream until they bling out the GUI. That is my opinion. But with the HD200 and it's standalone mode they have a chance to gain share (It's a good piece of equipment in my experience) As for slapping a satellite / cable card. The analog whole will suffice....as currently the HD-PVR is supported, it's USB not PCI. But it records HD to H.264 on the fly with minimal CPU requirements, and no DRM, and from what I have seen via downloaded clips I watched on my HD-200 it looks pretty damn goo... analog holes and all. Toss in Blue-ray streaming and Sage brings a lot to the table. Albeit a learning curve is along for the ride.
If DISH had a 2 tuner HD satellite card, in fact, I'd probably have 3 sage units running with them inside today.
Keep your current tuners...add 6 HD-PVR
s to a server box, and put a HD200 at every location you wish to view content. (You will miss 'categories' with 6 tuners I am sure, as that is my main beef with my setup ATM, although I am probably being lazy as there are filters for recorded content).