The Living Room continues to evolve.
I likely have a very common living room which consists of a 55" Sony HD TV, XBOX 360, LG BluRay DVD, Apple TV and a DirecTV HR21 DVR. My DirecTV cost $121.99 per month, a whopping $1,463.88 per year. When it comes to programming, we have DirecTV's Choice Xtra package which includes 195 channels, HD and DVR features. In reality, my wife and I watch primarily 13 channels. We've tried to cut the cord and live off of Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and AirPlay from our iPad to Apple TV, but it has it's drawbacks. One drawback I would like to address in this blog is content from the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS).
Introducing Simple TV (known as Simple.TV as in http://www.Simple.TV)
Assuming you can receive HD signals from the major networks at your home or office, Simple.TV is a small device that captures these signals, converts them to digial and stores them on a network storage device. Simple.TV does not plug into your TV, it connects to your home network via an Ethernet port, an HD antenna or basic cable connection, a USB 2.0 Port for an external drive and power. As I understand it, once connected it will appear as another media device on XBOX, Roku or iPad. It records full 1080p HD Video and allows you to watch live TV from any of these devices. You can also purchase their programming guide service for $4.99/month and schedule programs to be recorded just like any standard DVR.