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Introducing Simple.TV

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  1. eferz

    eferz Well-Known Member

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    Scoup Du Jour

     
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    Interesting. So it streams without the need of slingbox? Too bad its not a dual tuner DVR...
     
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    Yes, apparently up to 5 can watch at the same time, but they do charge about $5 per month if you want to do this.
     
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    $149, no hard drive, single tuner and $5/month for service, no chance of finding a market.
     
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    A first look at Simple.tv’s HTML5 app — Online Video News (click for full article)

    "Simple.tv made a splash at CES with the announcement of a budget-priced DVR service that’s geared toward the cord-cutting crowd. The company will start selling its DVR by the end of spring for $149, and Simple.tv CEO Mark Ely told me during a recent meeting that the company’s iPad and Roku apps will be available as soon as the first devices ship.

    However, Simple.tv is also working on an HTML5 app for Boxee, Google TV and other connected TV platforms that will be made available soon after, and he shared some first screenshots exclusively with GigaOM.


    Take a first look at Simple.tv’s HTML5 app below:"
     
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    Simple.TV Review - Watch CNET's Video Review (click for full CNET review)

    CNET Editors' Rating
    3.5stars
    Very good


    Review Date: 10/19/12


    The good: Really Simple Software's Simple.TV is an inexpensive over-the-air DVR that streams live TV and recorded programs to compatible devices like iPads and Web browsers, as well as TVs connected to Roku boxes. It works both inside and outside your home network, enabling Slingbox-esque placeshifting. And although it requires a $5 monthly subscription for its best features, Simple.TV has slick-looking user interface with solid EPG data.


    The bad: Simple.TV is a first-generation product riddled with limitations. It's single-tuner only, so you can only watch or record one program at a time. There's no built-in Wi-Fi, so you'll need a wired Ethernet connection to get the box on the network. Image quality is good enough, but fast-action sports like football don't look great. It's also not nearly as responsive as a traditional DVR, especially for skipping commercials. And while the hardware and monthly subscription are cheap, you do need to provide your own hard drive and antenna, which can drive up the cost.


    The bottom line: Simple.TV's innovative over-the-air DVR solution is far from perfect, but it's a decent budget option if you can't afford a TiVo Premiere.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012

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