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[Nov. 30th, 2006|02:41 pm]
Nate Bunnyfield
I found out one of the many cable outlets in our apartment has free cable.

So I did some some research on Tivo and Tivo-like options, when I was totally blown away by SnapStream's current offer.

Very nice remote, free shipping, hugely discounted DVR software, decent entry-level capture card and lifetime subscription to TV listings for $100.

And this can all be hooked up to more TVs, computers, &c. And it looks like it might expire today. But I imagine if you ask nicely on the phone or something, they'd honor it tomorrow.

http://www.snapstream.com/


As geeky as I am, I am just not looking for a MythTV hobby right now. And SnapStream appears to be a company that actually gets it. For example, software features a la carte, active and fun company blog, support for the developer community (e.g. NetFlix plugin), and most importantly, give your customer a satisfying experience by meeting their needs simply, elegantly and affordably.

Here's a 5 minute demo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSaGp0wbuY0
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[User Picture]From: grey_hash
2006-11-30 09:06 pm (UTC)
I have been on the HTPC kick for years.
http://del.icio.us/greyother/HTPC

I recommend Meedio . . . which I actually own a copy of.
http://www.meedio.com/

Nuts . . . I just checked the site and it got bought out by yahoo.
I just installed a linux distro, so I might try MythTV, but frankly the reason I dropped the HTPC thing is because I don't pay for cable. I just download any tv I want to see through BT. There are hundreds, if not thousands of free BT trackers with more TV than I could ever sort through.
http://www.torrent-finder.com/
being my new favorite search tool.
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-12-01 12:08 am (UTC)
I used to download TV shows via rss and all that, but I really miss all my MTV reality shows and all the other crap I'm addicted to.

And the local broadband monopoly charges for bandwidth overages.

And I like seeing stuff the night it airs, so I can talk about it with my friends the next day.


Meedio looks all right.
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[User Picture]From: grey_hash
2006-12-01 12:22 am (UTC)
Hell - I don't even have RSS set up with utorrent. I could, but I actually enjoy going to my little private tracker and seeing what people have to say about the shows in the forums. As for when they get posted . . . sometimes minutes after the broadcast and sometimes hours. Rarely does the forum post TV days later. Sometimes we get stuff before it even airs on this coast!

That sucks about the local monopoly/bandwidth overages. Comcast just got bought out by Time Warner here and we have been switched to the Roadrunner system. I have heard bad things about this in the past but so far I haven't had any troubles. I am considering switching to verizon fibre optic, but not until I have a decent job so I can afford it.

IF I did PAY for cable TV, I would be far more inclined to use meedio or perhaps investigate beyondTV. After years of researching HTPC stuff, getting several TV tuner cards and buying a Small Form Factor PC as an HTPC I realized . . . downloading TV is just easier overall. Also, I am thankfully not addicted to MTV reality shows or any of the other craptastic TV america has to offer. The only american show I am really hooked on right now is "Heroes". . . . geez that was a long response. Sorry for the rant.
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