RECAST for $100 off

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tommiet, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Jul 9, 2019 #141 of 202
    ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I have 3 Firestick 4Ks and 1 Alexa enabled HD Firestick. It worked when I tried it tonight. Not crazy about voice interfaces, but it worked, so :thumbsup:
     
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  3. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I looked at this previously. It has a nice integration with Sling. The big downside in my opinion is the lack of a live buffer. There is a 4 tuner version coming out later this year.
     
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  4. Mikeguy

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    Ulp.
     
  5. Laughs Brightly

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    I love Tivo, but at this price I'm in for a 4-Tuner Recast. Also grabbed the 1080 Firestick with 2 months of HBO. I've got 4 3TB Lifetime Roamios, a couple of Bolts, a Mini VOX, and a Stream I can eBay if this works good enough on my 720p TVs. I love that, unlike Tivo, I can plug an external drive into the Recast and not have it tied into the internal storage. Also, they keep jacking with the Tivo App and out of house streaming (from a Bolt or the stream) seems to suck these days. Really hoping my out of home streaming experience will be better.
     
  6. shwru980r

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    Amazon only allows one recast per account. You will have significantly less recording capacity.
     
  7. OrangeCrush

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    It's tempting, but I'm still not biting. I really want the ability to blend OTA w/ Philo in a single UI, which this offers, but I'm holding off because:
    • I have a perfectly good Roamio OTA & a bunch of perfectly good mini's that still work fine, I just have to change inputs and juggle two remotes
    • I've got a bunch of perfectly good Rokus that still work fine & would have to replace those with Fire TV sticks
    • The TiVo Roku app that will show up Real Soon Now (tm) might get me a "good enough" one-remote situation
    • I'm apprehensive about buying any new ATSC 1.0 hardware when non-absurdly-priced ATSC 3.0 hardware is supposed to start showing up next year
    • A hard limit of two simultaneous streams, even on the 4-tuner model
    If they come out w/ a 4-tuner, 4-stream, ATSC 3 Recast in the next couple of years though . . . all bets are off
     
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  8. mdavej

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    Good point. I have a couple of Recasts on separate Amazon accounts, but they are in different households. Each Fire stick can only be associated with one account/Recast. So a single household with more that one Recast isn't practical unless you don't mind having distinct groups, i.e., kids on one system, adults on another.
     
  9. ncted

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    If I still had a functional Roamio OTA and Minis, I am not sure I'd have bothered trying the Recast.
     
  10. Laughs Brightly

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    It's a gamble, I agree.
    We don't watch as much TV anymore so I've found that most of my 15TB of recording goes unwatched. My wife's 2 TB Bolt is mostly what we use with a bit of a 3 TB Roamio and some HULU and Netflix. Most of the time I am away from home the Tivo won't stream reliably so I use Hulu anyway. (I have 100/5 Internet and commercial gear, so I don't think it's me).
    I'll toss a 2 TB WD Red on the Recast and hope 3 TB does it. Like I said, I never did it with Tivo because as soon as an external drive bit it, there goes all my internal recordings as well.

    I did hedge my bets, though. Working in IT, I have stacks of hard drives so I picked up the $50 AirTV from Woot @pj1983 mentioned above. Worst case that can be my personal box and it will still work with the Fire Sticks.

    If I hate the things, I send them back and you guys don't get to fight over my eBay auctions. :)
     
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  11. BillyClyde

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    Have you seen this?

    NEW: TV Everywhere Support (BETA)

    TiVo Edge (Series 7 DVR for Cable)

    If you add a four tuner HDHomerun Quattro you should be able to get your 4 streaming OTA tuners too.
     
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  12. OrangeCrush

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    Oh, I hadn't realized they made a Channels app for Android TV & Fire. I hadn't looked at it since it was iOS-only. I'll have to play with it to see how well it works.
     
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  13. shwru980r

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    I'm not sure if a determination has been made as to what happens to the recordings on the external drive, if the internal drive fails on a recast.
     
  14. Saturn_V

    Saturn_V Now with flavor!

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    This is what I struggled with when deciding our future for TV. We ended up selling off all of our Tivo units (over $2,000!!!!!!). YouTube TV is just $30/mo more than Philo but gives you WAY more, including locals. So no need for hard drive DVR's, no extra boxes, no limits on tuners or any of that. And that $30 all of a sudden isn't very much when you figure how much you are saving on hardware. Now that we switched, it's hard for me to even consider physical hardware recorders anymore, they seem so archaic. Plus, it travels. No trying to stream from the house or any of that nonsense (kind of like Philo). We use our YTTV at 2 houses, no problem, plus I'll watch it on my phone pretty often, too.

    I do see some value if Recast comes out with a true 4 tuner, but at what point is it just not worth it? The savings are so minimal if you are still paying for other streaming TV services, may as well just stream TV and skip the OTA all together, no?
     
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  17. Adam C.

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    I only watch OTA, so something like YouTube TV is not worth it to me. I'm not sure how you are getting it at $30/month. I see it listed at $50/month. Also, I watch a lot of subchannels like Antenna TV, Laff, Me TV, etc. and most of the streaming services do not carry these channels. So it really depends on what you watch to be able to determine if it's worth it or not.
     
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  18. mdavej

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    He said "$30 more than Philo". Since Philo is $20, then YTTV is $50.

    I agree if your streaming service gets locals and you don't care about sub-channels (Laff, MeTV, etc.), then no need to bother with OTA. But I'm like you. I like the sub-channels, and my streaming service doesn't carry all my locals, i.e., PBS.
     
  19. OrangeCrush

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    Depends on your must-have channels. Youtube doesn't have Hallmark, which would be hazardous to my marriage :p. OTA + Philo gets me everything I want for $16/mo (grandfathered in).

    My parents on the other hand don't care about Hallmark but have poor OTA reception, so YouTube is the better fit for them.
     

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