I thought I'd come back this one last time (probably) and post a final (probably) update on our transition from the DVR+ to Silicon Dust HDHomeRun.
In the end it turned out to be a lot
more expensive than I'd projected: $690 for the "minimal" hardware. Another $430 in improvements to get us 5.1 DD, streaming devices on the other two TVs, a spare V2 FTV box, a UPS for the NAS hosting the DVR server, client apps, etc. (I did not care for the native HDHR software, so I bought Channels apps for everything and we're subscribed to their DVR service. Spendy, but it all works much more nicely.)
The "minimal" hardware could have been less expensive by $150-$200 if I'd wanted to end up with little more than what the DVR+ gave us. But I was looking for a significant upgrade all around. Once I started down that road it got a bit out of hand
So, a lot more expensive, but
we now have solid OTA TV on all TVs and mobile devices, including remotely. DVR'd content the same. (Watched on my iPad something I'd recorded the night before while waiting for an X-Ray in the hospital waiting room.)
Other than buying a 2nd drive for the NAS, for RAID 1: It's done. I think we're now ready to retire the DVR+. (I don't think it's been turned on but once, maybe twice, in the last couple weeks--when my wife wanted to watch something recorded while I was doing something to the new system or that was recorded before the new system was in.)
I guess I'll fire up pachinko's DVR+ Lister to save the stuff off the DVR+'s drive. Maybe someday the HDHR DVR software devs will give us a way to import content. In the meantime I can fire up a media server on the NAS and use VLC, I suppose.
As an aside: The Silicon Dust people just announced a streaming package for the HDHR OTA devices that includes, I dunno, three dozen or so (?) channels. They're still working the bugs out, but it looks a lot like what E*/CM tried
to do with the DVR+ and bungled. One cool thing about the SD HDHR package: All the channels will be DVR-able. And
they'll work with the Channels, Plex, etc. software.
So that's it... I guess.