CNET First Look
Simple.TV offers great features and OK performanceAs a streaming-based DVR, the Simple.TV offers a lot of functionality and is easy to setup, but if you just want to watch live TV there are better alternatives.
[MUSIC] Do you hate paying for cable? Sure, doesn't everyone? But in this post-VCR age, the experience of switching to over the air has been fraught with compromises. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury, and this is the Simple. TV 2. Devices like the Simple. TV aim to do two things. A, bring you a DVR with a modern an useable interface. And B, enable to you to watch live and recorded tv anywhere on the go. The original Simple. TV dayviewed on Kickstarter in 2012. And this new version is a little smaller. And it now boasts a number of improvements, including a larger number of control apps. And a dual tuner. This is DVR is a Cloud device meaning it can't be connected to a TV directly. And also lacks a wireless connection. At the back, you'll find a coaxial connective to your antenna. As well as a USB port for a hard drive. You'll need to buy one of those separately as well. And, an ethernet port, in addition to this equipment, also factor in an annual fee of $60 or $149 for a lifetime, so it's not the set and forget payment with the competing channelmaster DVR offers. Unless you still own a blackberry you will find that your device is supported with IOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Windows 8. And failing those, a web-browsing interface. According to Simple TV, the Android app is the most stable, and especially when compared to the flaky Windows 8 version. It comes with a full channel guide as well as handy suggestions based on content like kids or movies. It's easy to use and fairly fast as well. Recording quality though is just okay with some compression artifacts and aliasing problems on straight lines. And as a result, I wouldn't suggest this if you just plan to watch it on a TV. But watching on a tablet, PC, or remote device is quite fine. As far as devices that stream and record live TV, it's still one of the cheapest. It's not the best device for about 109 [FOREIGN] at cnet.com. [MUSIC]