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Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

What is the current best method for getting DVR content to multiple sets

Moving from a situation where I have 1 TV to one where I will have multiple TVs. What is the high-quality budget alternative to get DVR content to multiple sets? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jun 22, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the best cord cutting setup?

I'm considering finally dropping cable and implementing a home DVR solution that captures over-the-air channels. I'm in the Phoenix metro area so will have no problems picking up the basic channels. I'm leaning toward the Simple.TV (the new one with two tuners) setup but wanted to see what other options might be out there. I subscribe to Netflix and have an Apple TV but don't want to pay for other subscriptions - which eliminates the Tivo. I also want everything to run off a dedicated "box" so I don't have to use a computer to manage things. So - in your experience, what works well? What doesn't? Is the Simple.TV 2 decent... or junky? I know this question has been addressed before but don't know what might be new in the last year-ish.
posted by whatisish on Jun 1, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I record TV shows?

I have a TV hooked up to an antenna. I get all the network broadcast channels in HD. Sometimes, I would like to record some shows/sports that I'm not around to watch live. In way olden times I would buy a VCR, hook it up to my TV, set the timer, and everything would be hunky dory. But DVRs have me befuddled. Do you have a recommendation for a DVR without a subscription (what exactly are you subscribing to) that can work with an antenna? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 20, 2014 - 19 answers

High-res CCTV, viewable on an iPhone and recording on motion

I just bought a Swann system, the DVR9-4200 with PRO-642 cameras. I've been extremely disappointed with both the image quality and the system reliability, so it's going back. [more inside]
posted by dance on Mar 10, 2014 - 2 answers

What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Was it ever possible to record cable TV shows with a VCR?

I never had cable TV growing up, so I'm curious if cable TV subscribers back in the (70s? 80s? 90s?) were able to schedule VCR recordings just like OTA users? Was it as "simple" as plugging your VCR into a cable set top box and programming the channels into the VCR so you could schedule a recording for HBO shows (or whatever paid cable show you wanted)? Or were HBO shows blocked from recording on VCRs somehow? (I remember you couldn't record just anything on a VCR -- there were ways to prevent a VCR from copying movies to prevent copyright infringement.) [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Oct 24, 2013 - 29 answers

What is the cheapest video camera around?

I'm looking for the most bare-bones video cameras that money can buy. I've been searching among security cameras, but what are some other possible searches? Imagine a security camera without the LED lights. As in, I would prefer an analog as opposed to USB output, but cost is more important than anything. The current cheapest security cameras I can find are $28 or so. Do any exist that are perhaps less than $20? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 answer

How to record every Knicks game on my Time Warner DVR

DVR question: Is there any way I can automatically have my DVR record every New York Knicks game? I have a DVR from Time Warner and the software is very clunky, especially the abysmal search function. More details within. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Tell me what DVD copier / player to get

I have a shipload of DVDs that are continually getting scratched. I want to set up a server with lots of DVDs so the kids can play them from the server rather than from the media. Stipulating that I would only do this if it were legal in my jurisdiction, what setup will:
  1. Allow me to store DVDs intermittently with the minimum amount of key clicks;
  2. Let my kids play DVDs with the least amount of parental intervention on a Sunday morning;
  3. Preferably work without an Internet connection, because WiFi is pretty bad at that end of the house - but if it makes adding DVDs easier I'll work something out.
I don't especially care about recording TV shows; I just want an easy way to add DVDs into the system and an easy way for the kids to access them. Assume I can use a command line but only with recourse to manuals.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 15, 2013 - 9 answers

DVR/PVR options without a cable box?

Living in on-campus housing for the next 3 years, and have school provided cable and no cable box. There is no dvr that I could get through the university. What are my best options for dvr-like service? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I get Comcast's new X2 DVR box?

Does anyone have the new Comcast X2 box? Can you let me know what you think of it? Is it slow as dirt? Can you forward through commercials on recorded shows with ease? Can you access content easily? Do you prefer it to their previous DVR box?
posted by cashman on Jun 29, 2013 - 1 answer

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box?

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me get my DVR recordings onto my computer somehow please!

I want to save my DVR recordings on my computer. The problem is that, from the googling I've done, my DVR model encrypts the files in such a way that I can't transfer the recordings directly onto my computer, even if the USB ports on the DVR did work. I am wondering if maybe I can play the recording on my TV and just "capture" the playback on my computer so I can save it. If there's a way to get the raw recordings unencrypted, that'd be great, but I doubt it's possible. More inside. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Feb 11, 2013 - 26 answers

I'm completely overwhelmed choosing a DVR.

I'm buying my fiancée a DVR for Christmas. Which one is the best one for our situation? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Nov 26, 2012 - 8 answers

I want to archive a page with a bunch of live video streams.

I have, for work, a web page that is a thumbnail view of 12 (eventually 20) low frame-rate video streams. Think security cameras. I need to record this. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Digital TV converter box and Computer DVR suggestions

Looking for recommendations for two tv things. 1) A Digital Converter Box for television 2) Something that would allow me to DVR over-the-air tv using my computer. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Aug 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Search for DVD recorder with tuner

I'd like to buy a brand new stand alone DVD recorder that has an over the air tuner (US) for under $200. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jul 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Using office computers as security cameras

I have an open-plan office full of computers, about 75% Macs. We're considering putting in security cameras with a DVR. It seems to me that with all these computers (and a bunch of spares, at that) we could do this with what we have instead of paying a security company for dedicated hardware. What can I use to coordinate multiple webcams and do security-DVR-type stuff with them?
posted by mendel on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I preserve this recording?

Is there a way to copy a recording from a Verizon FiOS DVR to a disc, thumb drive, or anything like that? Is this actually possible? I was on the New Year's Eve in New York broadcast multiple times and at length, so I would like to somehow keep this recording. What would I need to do?
posted by signondiego on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to develop a custom home DVR set up with some of the hardware I already have laying around.

I want to develop a custom home DVR setup with some hardware I already have. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Feb 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Stream PC -> Tivo

How can I stream video from a PC to a Tivo cable box? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight on Jan 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a web based camera DVR

I have just installed a few foscam cameras in my business but no dvr to record the feed. Does a wise soul in the hive know of any web based dvr that can record the feed for later viewing. Something I can access online with out having to install a DVR.
posted by citybuddha on Dec 22, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me design an awesome multi-node home theater for my house

Help me build the bitchin'-est home theater multi-node network for my house. Let your imagination fly! [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Nov 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Tivo and Video Streaming

Tivo and streaming local video files? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Aug 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Help stop static bars on my tv

What is causing these static bars with my television? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Aug 4, 2011 - 8 answers

FiOS DVR choice paralysis

FiOS DVR options - should we take the standard FiOS DVR or get a TiVo? Something else? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Jul 10, 2011 - 6 answers

justin.tv DVR?

Hey, anybody got an end-to-end solution to do set-it-and-forget-it style timeshifting of Justin.tv streams? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Will an HTPC help get shows off my DirecTV DVR?

Can I use an HTPC/DIY DVR solution to record shows off my DirecTV DVR? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Mar 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Has DVR killed the commercial star?

Have businesses suffered since DVRs became popular and everyone stopped watching commercials?
posted by easy_being_green on Feb 7, 2011 - 12 answers

How can we help prevent another "Better Off Ted"/"Arrested Development" debacle?

What is the best way to help a TV show we love stay on the air? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks on Nov 12, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for good platform to use to record digital video from composite and future HD sources

Anyone know of a good platform to use to record digital video from composite and future HD sources? Looking for something that isn't trying to be an open source TiVo. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Nov 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Easily portable digital TV recording for multiple homes?

Asking for a Friend: My father still uses VHS tapes. I need to get him on tech from this millennium. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Oct 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Smile, you're on suprisingly cost-effective, internet-capable, DVR-connected camera!

What's the "best" standalone security/surveillance DVR? Assume that I want the best mix of value, quality, cool features and durability/longevity. Are there "prosumer" DVR products? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Sep 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Do regular TV viewers get counted?

If someone watches TV (cable or satellite, digital or analog), does the provider know that someone is watching? I.e., does a non-Neilsen family who skips the ads actually benefit the TV station they are watching? How about DVRs or VOD? How about digital radio?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Is there a standard for surveillance systems?

I'm trying to access a webcam/serveillance system that I have. Is there a protocol or standard to interact with DVR/webcam systems? [more inside]
posted by edmz on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

TWC DVR needs TLC

Question about the on-screen guide on my Time Warner Cable DVR. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on May 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Laptop as a DVR

Can I turn my Dell D620 into a DVR? [more inside]
posted by Admira on May 30, 2010 - 1 answer

What is the best way to set up a Windows 7 Media Center?

This weekend I'm going to be setting up, installing and configuring Windows 7 Media Center as a DVR. Do you have any recommendations on things to do or not do in order to get the most out of this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on May 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me spend my hard earned

Blu Ray player and PVR/DVR recommendation [more inside]
posted by dmt on Mar 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Sort order in Tivo Desktop

Change sort order for PC folders accessed through TiVo? [more inside]
posted by Jim T on Mar 1, 2010 - 0 answers

Help me cut the cord with no regrets

Having been humbled by a growing cable bill, and emboldened by articles like this and this, I've decided to return my cable box and buy a HTPC to serve up TV, movies and other content... Help me avoid some common pitfalls and make this an enjoyable and money-saving endeavor! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Feb 6, 2010 - 11 answers

We don't want to miss the ice skating

Setting up a PVR/DVR before the Olympics: feasible or not feasible? If so, what components should I buy? Guidance or current resources, please; current setup within. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Possible fixes for DVR error

When fast-forwarding, my DVR jumps to the end of a show. Any solutions besides taking it back to Time Warner? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jan 23, 2010 - 10 answers

How does "The House on Carroll Street" end?

How does "The House on Carroll Street" end? Our DVR malfunctioned and it cut out at the point where the agent was disarming the bomb. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Jan 17, 2010 - 1 answer

Don't qualify for UVerse, what now?

I am seeking opinions and advice about TV/DVR service or setup that will let me record multiple programs at once and watch them from any TV. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Jan 17, 2010 - 3 answers

I hate being a slave to tv, help me get my DVR back.

How do I go about figuring out what is causing my cable (or power) troubles and hopefully fix it? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Nov 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a good third-party TV guide website that interfaces with DirecTV?

Is there a good third-party TV guide website that interfaces with DirecTV? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Oct 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Building my own DVR with Linux and Comcast

I want to build my own Linux-based DVR. Need some help on the specs and interop with Comcast Digital Starter Cable. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Sep 28, 2009 - 10 answers

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