We are ready to upgrade from our ancient TiVo to a DVR that is compatible with Dish Network and supports an HD signal (yes, we are behind the times). Before we pull the trigger, we want to know what to expect. I mean, yes, we expect it to change channels and record things, but...do you like it? Does the UI work well? Anything we should know about going in?
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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:
- Allow me to store DVDs intermittently with the minimum amount of key clicks;
- Let my kids play DVDs with the least amount of parental intervention on a Sunday morning;
- 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.
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]
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?
What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box? [more inside]
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]
I'm buying my fiancée a DVR for Christmas. Which one is the best one for our situation? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
I want to develop a custom home DVR setup with some hardware I already have. [more inside]
How can I stream video from a PC to a Tivo cable box? [more inside]
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.
Help me build the bitchin'-est home theater multi-node network for my house. Let your imagination fly! [more inside]
Tivo and streaming local video files? [more inside]
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]
What is causing these static bars with my television? [more inside]
FiOS DVR options - should we take the standard FiOS DVR or get a TiVo? Something else? [more inside]
Hey, anybody got an end-to-end solution to do set-it-and-forget-it style timeshifting of Justin.tv streams? [more inside]
Can I use an HTPC/DIY DVR solution to record shows off my DirecTV DVR? [more inside]
Have businesses suffered since DVRs became popular and everyone stopped watching commercials?
What is the best way to help a TV show we love stay on the air? [more inside]
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]
Asking for a Friend: My father still uses VHS tapes. I need to get him on tech from this millennium. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Question about the on-screen guide on my Time Warner Cable DVR. [more inside]
Can I turn my Dell D620 into a DVR? [more inside]
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]
Blu Ray player and PVR/DVR recommendation [more inside]
Change sort order for PC folders accessed through TiVo? [more inside]
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]
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]
When fast-forwarding, my DVR jumps to the end of a show. Any solutions besides taking it back to Time Warner? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I go about figuring out what is causing my cable (or power) troubles and hopefully fix it? [more inside]
Is there a good third-party TV guide website that interfaces with DirecTV? [more inside]