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Simple.TV The Ultimate DVR

Speed to First Woot:
4m 31.660s
First Sucker:
lf888
Last Wooter to Woot:
jmgendron
Last Purchase:
a year ago
Order Pace (rank):
Top 36% of Woot.com Woots
Top 14% of all Woots
Woots Sold (rank):
Top 26% of Woot.com Woots
Top 21% of all Woots

Purchaser Experience

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  • 3% second woot
  • 18% < 10 woots
  • 23% < 25 woots
  • 50% ≥ 25 woots

Purchaser Seniority

  • 3% joined today
  • 0% one week old
  • 1% one month old
  • 5% one year old
  • 90% > one year old

Quantity Breakdown

  • 92% bought 1
  • 4% bought 2
  • 3% bought 3

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lichme


quality posts: 3012 Private Messages lichme

Item: Simple.TV The Ultimate DVR
Price: $99.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Condition: New

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Darksaber99999


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Darksaber99999

Wow, that change was fast. I'm glad there was no Bandolier of Carrots for this one.

slapo12


quality posts: 2 Private Messages slapo12

Looks like 6 buyers so far, buying a total of 9 Simple.TV's, yet still at 100%. Another nexus 7-level stock?

crowbar08


quality posts: 0 Private Messages crowbar08

expensive Frisbee!

brandonit


quality posts: 0 Private Messages brandonit

I bought it. With the lifetime subscription it makes sense. (I know the screen keeps changing each time I refresh - one says the unit, one says with Lifetime subscription - I clicked on the one with Lifetime subscription)

They will release a SimpleTV 2 later this year with dual tuners but I think I'll be fine with just one. I only record off antenna anyway.

Don't forget you have to provide your own storage for this, any size USB 2.0 hard drive will work.

miken927


quality posts: 122 Private Messages miken927

I don't understand why it doesn't have an HDMI out. I have a Sharp Aquos 'smart tv' but I don't see how I could feed video from this over wi-fi. My tv has Vudu, Netflix, etc, but no way to add apps that I know of. It supports DLNA, maybe that's how it would work?


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BuffBillsFan


quality posts: 8 Private Messages BuffBillsFan
slapo12 wrote:Looks like 6 buyers so far, buying a total of 9 Simple.TV's, yet still at 100%. Another nexus 7-level stock?



Now up to 16(?) buyers of 19 items with 99% left... wow.

But then, it seems that at some point during each of the past few WootOffs there was a point where the yellow bar simply stops moving over time. Is it a glitch, and we've hit glitch-time again?

brandonit


quality posts: 0 Private Messages brandonit

You have to use a Roku device to stream it to your TV. There is an app on Roku for Simple.TV.

You can also stream to iOS devices with Android coming soon according to their website.

EDIT: This device requires three connections:
1.) a ClearQAM (basic cable) or antenna connection - no satellite or scrambled cable

2.) an Ethernet connection to your network - no Wi-Fi

3.) a USB 2.0 or better hard drive for storage.

dawnview


quality posts: 3 Private Messages dawnview

Got one of these last time, never worked properly and the "tech support" was completely useless, avoid this half-baked product at all cost!

newly wooted

wrecks13


quality posts: 0 Private Messages wrecks13

Beware! files are recorded on the external hard drive in a proprietary format (JFS) and can't be played by themselves on a PC.

Rex

jaferson


quality posts: 3 Private Messages jaferson

Where do you see how many have been purchased? I only see %'s...

BuffBillsFan wrote:Now up to 16(?) buyers of 19 items with 99% left... wow.

But then, it seems that at some point during each of the past few WootOffs there was a point where the yellow bar simply stops moving over time. Is it a glitch, and we've hit glitch-time again?



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First Sucker:jaferson




patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
wrecks13 wrote:Beware! files are recorded on the external hard drive in a proprietary format (JFS) and can't be played by themselves on a PC.



There is a reason they're in a proprietary format, we're recording each show in 3 different qualities at the same time so when you're streaming remotely the quality is adjusted on-the-fly (think adaptive bitrate) and streamed via HLS (http live streaming).

That said, before the end of the year (with new app releases) you'll be able to download straight h.264 versions of the files from your Simple.TV to your browser or directly onto iOS and Android tablets.

cheers

- pat @ simple.tv

brandonit


quality posts: 0 Private Messages brandonit

Pat, does that mean this hardware version will be able to support the Android update? That's all I'm interested in is Android compatibility - kinda taking a gamble here.

patnugent wrote:There is a reason they're in a proprietary format, we're recording each show in 3 different qualities at the same time so when you're streaming remotely the quality is adjusted on-the-fly (think adaptive bitrate) and streamed via HLS (http live streaming).

That said, before the end of the year (with new app releases) you'll be able to download straight h.264 versions of the files from your Simple.TV to your browser or directly onto iOS and Android tablets.

cheers

- pat @ simple.tv



murphyt1


quality posts: 0 Private Messages murphyt1

This is I'm sure a stupid question, but in the description it mentions being able to record shows via antenna instead of cable. Is this item also able to take the place of a converter box if one has an ancient but still functioning TV? I would love to ditch cable but can't bring myself to buy a converter box.

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
brandonit wrote:Pat, does that mean this hardware version will be able to support the Android update? That's all I'm interested in is Android compatibility - kinda taking a gamble here.



Yes. Client apps and features are compatible with all hardware releases currently planned. Same website, same apps. And the lifetime subscription with this unit will also work with future hardware revs (when and if launched ). The lifetime subscription on it's own is usually $150.

bennyboy783


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bennyboy783

So just to clarify.. you don't get free TV stations with it.. you have to use your own tv subscription? It's pretty much like a slingbox?

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
murphyt1 wrote:This is I'm sure a stupid question, but in the description it mentions being able to record shows via antenna instead of cable. Is this item also able to take the place of a converter box if one has an ancient but still functioning TV? I would love to ditch cable but can't bring myself to buy a converter box.



It doesn't take the place of a convertor box.

It's a DVR that connects to everything EXCEPT the TV. The best experience, since cable companies seem to slowly be encrypting their channels (no more ClearQAM) are users with an over-the-air antenna or who want to cut off their cable TV and pick up their major broadcast networks with an antenna (like a Mohu Leaf). I still use it with Comcast, but YMMV since they're rolling out encryption area by area.

If you want to replace a convertor box - nope. If you want to cut the cord and go free over the air TV - yes.

You can watch TV on your television now through a Roku box if you have one, or obviously as mentioned browser/iPad/iPhone and we'll be launching other support later this year including Chromecast, "push to" devices such as XBox, etc, etc.

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
bennyboy783 wrote:So just to clarify.. you don't get free TV stations with it.. you have to use your own tv subscription? It's pretty much like a slingbox?



Correct - you need to provide your unencrypted cable TV or an over-the-air-antenna. (like a Mohu Leaf) Except that unlike sling your physical television is untouched, you can record shows, schedule season recordings, and have up to 5 users watch live and recorded TV (a single live channel watched by one person, 4 different recorded shows watched by others at the same time)

bennyboy783


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bennyboy783

So if I just use an Antenna I get just the (maybe 6 channels)that I get with my antenna but I can push those 6 channels out to my mobile devices and etc?? Is that how it works?

bennyboy783


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patnugent wrote:Correct - you need to provide your unencrypted cable TV or an over-the-air-antenna. (like a Mohu Leaf) Except that unlike sling your physical television is untouched, you can record shows, schedule season recordings, and have up to 5 users watch live and recorded TV (a single live channel watched by one person, 4 different recorded shows watched by others at the same time)



That Helps, thank you!

brandonit


quality posts: 0 Private Messages brandonit
patnugent wrote:It's a DVR that connects to everything EXCEPT the TV. The best experience, since cable companies seem to slowly be encrypting their channels (no more ClearQAM) are users with an over-the-air antenna or who want to cut off their cable TV and pick up their major broadcast networks with an antenna (like a Mohu Leaf).



That's what I did recently. Cut off U-Verse TV which I didn't watch and subscribed to Netflix & Hulu. Saved myself almost $100 a month and now with this Lifetime subscription and an attic antenna, I'm set for just about everything.

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
bennyboy783 wrote:So if I just use an Antenna I get just the (maybe 6 channels)that I get with my antenna but I can push those 6 channels out to my mobile devices and etc?? Is that how it works?



Mobile devices, web browser, Roku connected to a TV (and other devices later this year - we showed off Chromecast and Google Glass playback at the electronics show in Germany).

If you're worried that you'd only pick up 6 channels, punch in your zip code on http://www.gomohu.com/. You can use any antenna obviously, but they show you what you'd pick up with a cheapy unpowered antenna vs a powered antenna. Make sure to click on the second tab. I only pick up 4 or 5 "good" channels with a basic antenna, but using a powered or amplified model I jump from 17 channels total to 68 channels total (including all the major networks).

bennyboy783


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bennyboy783
brandonit wrote:That's what I did recently. Cut off U-Verse TV which I didn't watch and subscribed to Netflix & Hulu. Saved myself almost $100 a month and now with this Lifetime subscription and an attic antenna, I'm set for just about everything.



Yeah but I'm confused.. if you cut off uverse you loose your channels like ESPN and what not? An antenna is not going to give you anymore then 10 basic channels?

BuffBillsFan


quality posts: 8 Private Messages BuffBillsFan
jaferson wrote:Where do you see how many have been purchased? I only see %'s...



Go to the Sales Stats tab on the product page (click on the pic on the main Woot page to get there). Then it is a guess based on the percentages sold at the various levels. When I made that guess, all were proper for 16 sales (basically multiples of 6%). 6% (1 buyer) had bought 2, and 6% 3, giving 19 sold.

There are sites that do this with a whole lot more sophistication than I did (probably more accuracy, too) - but with a relatively small number of sales a SWAG is usually close enough.

jaferson


quality posts: 3 Private Messages jaferson

Thank you, oh and, "Let's Go Buffalo"!!!

BuffBillsFan wrote:Go to the Sales Stats tab on the product page (click on the pic on the main Woot page to get there). Then it is a guess based on the percentages sold at the various levels. When I made that guess, all were proper for 16 sales (basically multiples of 6%). 6% (1 buyer) had bought 2, and 6% 3, giving 19 sold.

There are sites that do this with a whole lot more sophistication than I did (probably more accuracy, too) - but with a relatively small number of sales a SWAG is usually close enough.



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edchang00


quality posts: 5 Private Messages edchang00

I bought one last time around. Works pretty well on the ipad but definitely having problems with the Roku app. Won't load at times, crashes and causes Roku to reset. I actually have an Apple TV so I can mirror to it but would be nice to have the Roku app working properly...

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
bennyboy783 wrote:Yeah but I'm confused.. if you cut off uverse you loose your channels like ESPN and what not? An antenna is not going to give you anymore then 10 basic channels?



While YMMV depending on region, you're going to get more than 10 channels with a powered antenna. And I only keep mentioning this brand because I have one connected, but I pick up >60 channels with a powered Mohu Leaf that I think I paid $70 for. Search your zipcode on a the Mohu site or sites like Antenna web, it's really changed and with a $50-$80 antenna you can get your major network channels in HD. ESPN is premium cable only of course.

bennyboy783


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bennyboy783
patnugent wrote:Mobile devices, web browser, Roku connected to a TV (and other devices later this year - we showed off Chromecast and Google Glass playback at the electronics show in Germany).

If you're worried that you'd only pick up 6 channels, punch in your zip code on http://www.gomohu.com/. You can use any antenna obviously, but they show you what you'd pick up with a cheapy unpowered antenna vs a powered antenna. Make sure to click on the second tab. I only pick up 4 or 5 "good" channels with a basic antenna, but using a powered or amplified model I jump from 17 channels total to 68 channels total (including all the major networks).



It's telling me 12 channels.. maybe it's just not ideal for me ) :

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
edchang00 wrote:I bought one last time around. Works pretty well on the ipad but definitely having problems with the Roku app. Won't load at times, crashes and causes Roku to reset. I actually have an Apple TV so I can mirror to it but would be nice to have the Roku app working properly...



We submitted an updated Roku app to the channel store this morning that resolves this. The issue was caused by the amount of data we were storing in memory and was mostly visible on the Roku 2, it was much harder to recreate that at all on the Roku 3 model. That said, I'm hoping Roku's approval process goes smoothly and you should be crash-free in the next few days.

karatejen


quality posts: 0 Private Messages karatejen

I have a TV connect to a Mohu. We cut the cable a few years ago. We also have a Sony Media Player connected to the TV. So we watch over the air or Netflix/HuluPlus/Crackle etc through the streaming media player (over wifi).

1- To record over the air shows with this device, it is going to need it's own antennae, right?
2- And then to watch those shows on my TV, I'd need a Roku, right?
3- And I have to hard wire this device into my network, correct?

I don't want to buy another antennae and definitely not a new streaming media player to replace the perfectly fine one I have.

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
bennyboy783 wrote:It's telling me 12 channels.. maybe it's just not ideal for me ) :



It may not be... but....did you click on the second tab titled (Leaf Ultimate) to see what you get with that antenna?

aarland


quality posts: 0 Private Messages aarland

Can you record basic cable shows on channels like ESPN or History?

patnugent wrote:There is a reason they're in a proprietary format, we're recording each show in 3 different qualities at the same time so when you're streaming remotely the quality is adjusted on-the-fly (think adaptive bitrate) and streamed via HLS (http live streaming).

That said, before the end of the year (with new app releases) you'll be able to download straight h.264 versions of the files from your Simple.TV to your browser or directly onto iOS and Android tablets.

cheers

- pat @ simple.tv



patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
karatejen wrote:
1- To record over the air shows with this device, it is going to need it's own antennae, right?
2- And then to watch those shows on my TV, I'd need a Roku, right?
3- And I have to hard wire this device into my network, correct?



1 - Yes (or a splitter, for testing I have 10 Simple.TV boxes at home connected to a powered Mohu Leaf with splitters)
2- Yes
3- Yes

tjsynkral


quality posts: 15 Private Messages tjsynkral

The FCC has recently granted cable companies the right to encrypt all channels, even network TV. So even if you have clear QAM on your cable now, you won't for long.

I switched to ATSC and I'm pretty happy, but I live 20 miles from Chicago and the antennas are all on the Sears tower.

patnugent


quality posts: 1 Private Messages patnugent
aarland wrote:Can you record basic cable shows on channels like ESPN or History?



The channels that are on basic cable are usually duplicated with free over-the-air broadcasts. Channels like ESPN or History are (at least in my case on Comcast) described as extended basic cable, and are cable-only channels.

bennyboy783


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patnugent wrote:It may not be... but....did you click on the second tab titled (Leaf Ultimate) to see what you get with that antenna?



I did.. still 12.. but I think it's a cool idea, just don't really know if I would benefit from it.. I am however still tempted to buy one just so I can exchange out my slingbox (non HD) player... ( :

miken927


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tjsynkral wrote:
I switched to ATSC and I'm pretty happy, but I live 20 miles from Chicago and the antennas are all on the Sears tower.



*Willis Tower


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modi123


quality posts: 1 Private Messages modi123

Can't there just be a DVR that functions like a VCR sans the tape? I don't need complex channels, apps, internet connectivity, etc.. just a darn harddrive and something to record a show at a given time. *sigh* Technology's great. Pfffsst.

:/

tjsynkral


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miken927 wrote:*Willis Tower



Don't make me banish you to Comiskey Park.