blueconversechucks wrote:Can someone tell me whether I can use one of those three devices (preferably the cheapest one) in this way:
1) Plug my HD antenna into it (I don't have cable)
2) Get the feed from that into my Raspberry Pi (via ethernet cable/home network) which is running XBMC (Raspbian).
3) Watch TV and record TV on my Raspberry Pi (thereby replacing/supplementing my very old Tivo.)
If so, is it pretty easy to set that up?
I want to buy this but I'm not super tech savvy but it seems like the perfect add-on to my Rasberry Pi which I just got to work a week ago and which I love.
Well, unfortunately you aren't going to get all of what you want with that setup.
The HDHomeRun units are tuners, no recording ability in them. They will stream live television to your XMBC allowing you to watch live shows on anything that can pick up a DLNA stream (Xbox, PS3/4, phones, tablets, etc.) They will also work well with MythTV, which runs on Linux, but unfortunately not your Raspberry Pi. MythTV would replace your Tivo unit and a whole lot more.
The Simple.TV unit will catch and record shows for you, but it won't stream to your Pi. If you have a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or Roku unit you can watch your recorded shows, or live TV, on that.
Now, that being said, there are software updates coming from Simple.TV that will allow you to download shows, or stream to a Chromecast. I can't speak much about them because my Simple.TV 1 tuner unit can't do that yet, but these two-tuner units should be able to out of the box.
Simple.TV also works best with one of their subscriptions, so you need to factor that cost in as well. Woot has previously sold the 1 tuner units with lifetime subscriptions for <$100, maybe you want to wait for one of those to come around again, or do a search on Amazon as a previous poster mentioned.