roseangelo wrote:Ok, next question. To be able to actually use this with my TV, I also need a Roku? I've read up on this before and I always got so confused about how it works.
It looks to be that you should only get this if you intend on having a PC hooked up to your TV, use your PC/laptop AS your TV (in this case, you, likely, already have PVR capabilities) or, like you said, you use a Roku as the conduit for your TV. The ability to "talk" to this with mobile devices such as iOS devices is a bonus.
For all intents and purposes, if you want to just add in a DVR for your TV and want to keep it as a "traditional" TV & remote type of setup, this is probably NOT for you, as this is more of a network add-on. For those with HTPC setups who have already cut the cord or are looking to cut the cord, this is a decent option. I am looking into an inexpensive solution for my office where I only get OTA channels on a little LCD TV (hooked up to a small HTPC box with movies & TV shows) and an amplified antenna by my window where I currently only watch what is on live. I do already have a very nice USB stick Clear QAM tuner with viewing/PVR software, but, instead of having to utilize my HTPC's processor to capture shows and store them, I can purchase this and allow it to be a standalone device that serves my network. It can then handle all of the capturing, storing and management of content so that all I have to to is pop open the web interface and pick what I want to view (either live or something I have previously recorded). It also opens the door of options to allow visitors to hop on and view the same captured shows and/or push the content to future TVs, PCs and other compatible devices inside my LAN.
I am not sure about its functionality fully yet, but I am wondering if this would work well with Chromecast. If it did, you could then use your existing PC's Chrome browser and a $35 Chromecast to push content to your HDTV. Though Roku 2 units can be had for about $5-10 more, it would take a lot longer to fire up a Roku if this is all you were going to use it for...and, either way, according to the video hands-on review posted above, the browser experience looks to be superior to the Roku channel.
Me typing this has caused me to decisively go weapons hot on taking a chance on one of these since I already have a 2TB external HDD sitting around begging for utilization (oh yeah, you will need to have one of these laying around if you don't want to feel as if you are throwing more money at the situation).
Speaking of the hard drive...
theinfamousj wrote:I was initially very intrigued, until I realized that I have a VCR lying around that does what this does without need of Internet or an external hard drive. I can watch playback without fear of packet loss due to WiFi, and since I know how to program my VCR then I can record more than just live TV.
If you have a thrift store in your area, I recommend checking out the old technology that does just what this does (down to the lack of HDMI port). I got my VCR for $5. That is an $95 savings over this small white box of a video recorder.
I hope that you are not serious with that...there is no way that you can be serious with that comment. With regard to HD content, you will have nearly unwatchable recordings and then have to deal with shelves and shelves of tapes. With the "best" quality of recording, you will only get 2 hours per tape (like 2-4 shows)...ok, ok, I am going to stop because that cannot be serious. //end of being Rick Rolled//