#2nd solution is to buy iPad , it does not require subscription however... there is no way for me to plug in a optical cable for audio and I don't plan on replacing my receiver even though it does not work with HDMI-Audio.
Is it still just real time channels? If so then it would be like watching TV thirty to forty years ago before I started time shifting with a VCR in 1984. Does anyone really want to watch TV like we did back then? Without the ability to pause, rewind, fast forward etc.?
what I like is I don't have to rent a box from Verizon so that is less on my bill , however with XBOX if you play games or whatever you do , you already paid for LIVE , for me I don't play games on XBOX only ps3 and pc so I still don't have any savings as of now but once a ps3 version comes out it will be perfect , also there are also many ways of getting free 48 hour codes or even 1 month live codes , it is just a matter of time. Hope that helps
I have turned in all my FIOS boxes and turned all of my Xboxes (5 of them) into full media extenders. I use W7MC for DVR (it actually runs in a VM), and through gold I get Amazon, Youtube, Vevo, Netflix, etc. I use Family pack (4 simultaneous) and paid $65 for it last year which works out to a little more than $1 per month per box. I couldn't find any deal that even approaches that low cost.
On top of that, the kids can play games on them and IF I happen to rent a movie from Redbox, I throw the DVD in there.
Also, mediabrowser ties in all my media so I can watch all my ripped movies, pics, and music anywhere.
I found that wireless just doesn't work for hi-def streams, so I'm fully wired 4 ethernet, 2 coax/Moca and this works 100%.
The only thing missing is Pandora for me, but last.fm is decent. If I really need pandora, I simply plug any of my phones/pads into the stereo aux and away we go.
All in all my bill for ultimate/50/25 is $102 which is competitive. TW is the alternative, however they force ugly SDV in my area and the knowledge on that box and support is non-existent. Pricing there is competitive.
BTW - I bought all of my xbox 360s refurbished and didn't pay above $120 for one, so you do have to factor in cost of those devices, BUT unlike STB rental these actually have resell value. I can easily get over $100 for an xbox, so at this point (some are two years old) my cash loss is approaching $1 a month.
BTW - I have the FIOS app on there for grins. It works pretty well, however since I hate commercials and W7MC is superior I don't really use it. Also, if I have W7MC running, why take up IP channel bandwidth when I can use the broadcast feed.
I use a Silicondust 3CC--3 tuner. I paid $200 but they really havent lost much value. I still use my HDHR for broadcast channels. The solution has been working for over 2 years so the money I put in has more than paid off for leasing and avoiding roku.
I'm interested to see how te dlna comes about and maybe we start seeing some interesting ip boxes. I won't hold my breath tho drm is going to be a biatch..
Setting up w7mc and the funky rdp that msft uses is no easy task.
The only thing tat I see out there that can compete for the plug and play crowd is TiVo. They will be coming out with ip boxes in a few months. The bad is they will charge monthly service fee. If its more than 4 dollars its a rip. TiVo also has work to do because they lock tuners so I heard to do replay. I did love my directtivos tho...
There is also an app for istuff that you can watch live TV, and they have recently added a DLNA server which will open up a number of devices (PS3 for instance) to watch live or stream media. I know VZ has the app now too, so there is choice which is a good thing.