With the death of Tivo in October drawing ever nearer, I'm interested in finding a replacement both for myself and family who are also currently using a Tivo. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
Key Tivo features I'm looking for in a replacement:
- Terrestrial aerial input (DVB-T)
- At least twin tuner (record two separate channels plus simultaneous playback of a third recording)
- Season pass / series link
- Archival (transfer recordings over ethernet to a PC, such that they can be deleted from the PVR and still watched on the PC)
- Reasonably long life expectancy
- Simple menus that a non-geek 80-yr-old can drive
Ethernet is the preferred form of archival. Copying to USB hard disk would be ok, as long as it's not in a weird format and can still be read by a PC. Burning a disc is not ok, unless it supports rewritable discs.
Ability to play videos from a DLNA/Plex media server would be nice but not essential. Bonus points if it can do DVB-S as well as DVB-T, especially both simultaneously, but that's also only wishful thinking. Ability to schedule recordings from the Internet would be nice but not essential.
I'm not really looking to build a media PC solution (I would be ok with that but the family just wants a plug & go).
From the official brands, is myFreeviewPlus worth a look? What's the best one available? Do they support archival? (I know that was rare in the certified boxes in the past.)
Or is there a non-certified but still good box that would be a better fit?