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post #31 of 40
"Any alternatives to HD TIVO for OTA "

Looks like the Echostar (Sling) TR-50 that comes out in July may be an option.
post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by buellwinkle View Post

If you want an OTA HD DVR that has the guide info for FREE, you have to build it. Check out the forum here for PC based home entertainment. Basically you can run Windows Vista home premium or Windows XP Media Edition or a linux box with an HDTV card, forgot the name of the linux software but many people do it and enjoy it. Keep in mind that this sort of PC is full multi-media, DVD, MP3 and disk space is only limited by your wallet and imagination. What's nice is you have one single box where you can connect to the internet, burn DVDs, transmit recorded programs from one unit to another, watch it on your PC and do lots of things Tivo can't.

Is XP Media Center that much better than XP Pro?
post #33 of 40
Hey All,

I read about this new company called Sezmi. It looks like they have a pretty cool product. Looks like a good alternative to TiVo

www,sezmi,com
post #34 of 40
If they really get to using existing bandwith from the local OTA channels, you're not going to have any HD worth watching OTA anymore.

I hope to God at least that part of it fails.
post #35 of 40
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Looks like a good alternative to TiVo

Actually, no. As I understand it, they do not plan on offering CableCARD support, or an ATSC tuner, so their product won't be a competitor to TiVo. I think the plan is for it to basically be just a box to connect a television to the web.

Also, my understanding is that their plan is to (like Motorola, Cisco, and now Samsung) partner with service providers (though in this case, with broadband providers), not try to navigate the circus of stupidity that comes from offering DVRs to the general public.
post #36 of 40
I, uh, don't think I'll be giving up my TiVo any time soon.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

If they really get to using existing bandwith from the local OTA channels, you're not going to have any HD worth watching OTA anymore.

I hope to God at least that part of it fails.


What do you mean? If who gets to using what bandwith and how will it affect OTA?
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post

What do you mean? If who gets to using what bandwith and how will it affect OTA?

Each broadcaster has a fine amount of bandwidth, all of which is now being used. Every new channel or service subtracts bandwidth from the HD feed, reducing/degrading quality.

As noted above, Sezmi just appears to be a Internet media player like the Roku (minus the actual content).
post #39 of 40
There is a more informative article here that explains a little about how Sezmi will use excess digital spectrum to deliver content to the box.

I can't list URLs yet but if you go to the Sezmi site and look under About Sezmi > News > Articles the Fierce Video article is the second one. They also won a TiE50 award for their internet infrastructure.
post #40 of 40
I'll stick with my nine TiVos. Allowing me to record eighteen HD programs concurrently.
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