Sezmi UI >>>>>>> Tivo UI

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tombonneau, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    You could find a used Tivo HD with lifetime service online for $400 and break even with the Sezmi after 2 years and 2 months. Plus the Tivo would still have a significant resale value. How much are used Sezmis going for?
     
  2. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

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    In finally cut the cord the other week and canceled my cable. I hadn't been watching and haven't noticed a difference at all in my viewing habits.

    The Sezmi is more than adequate to record OTA. I supplement the handful of cable shows I watch with Amazon VOD via Roku and some on my iPad via iTunes.

    I'll easily be saving net $50-60 a month at least. If you aren't a hardcore TV watcher and are just looking for a nice little unit to record your OTA on the cheap, Sezmi is a good call.

    I agree with the other poster that they really screwed up their launch strategy and might go away in a year or two, but for now the unit perfectly fits my needs.
     
  3. aaroncgi

    aaroncgi New Member

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    How does this math work? The Sezmi is $150 + $5 per month. Two years and two months, aka 26 months, is $5 x 26, or $130. Add to the $150 cost of the Sezmi puts you at $280, not $400. A $400 lifetime Tivo wouldn't break even until 50 months, or four years and two months.

    I don't really think it's fair to compare the price of used/no warranty equipment to brand new equipment, but that's me.
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    So does this Sezmi actually work every where/ or just in the 36 markets listed on their web site? Seems like know that they have changed their model it should work anyplace.
     
  5. P42

    P42 Active Member

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    tiams, hopefully it works out better for you then it did for us.
     
  6. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

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    The Sezmi is an OTA (Digital) DVR that records and play in HD. The limited 36 markets was related to the cable channels it was to offer, but that part failed badly. I believe only LA had the entire line-up running. Sezmi was to lease the OTA multiplex channels from local broadcasters and put cable channels on those channels closed to the public, but open to Sezmi DVR's. The biggest complaint was the terrible PQ of the cable channels on those multiplexed OTA frequencies and it seems that and the complexity of the cable channel plan was too much. That part of the Sezmi service is no more.

    However, Sezmi does provide on line access to major studios content of movies (and I think TV shows), but not Netflix or other OTT providers nor none of the most popular pod folks like CNET, Revision 3 or Twit.

    So, the Sezmi is an HD OTA DVR that comes with an antenna with limited on-line content at only $5 per month. It is a well featured DVR with many of the same functions as TiVo such as Name Based Recording that the Channel Master DVR lacks. Sezmi may not be enough for the TiVo hackers, but is the best solution for those who want to cut the cord and do so INEXPENSIVELY and not have to spend all the coins in the cookie jar all at once as one's car may need a repair and not all of America has $400+ just begging to be spent on one thing like a DVR. For most of America, the only way they can afford something is low monthly payments because they aren't are wealthy as the folks on this forum.

    However, even with a TiVo, one would still be wise to get a much better streaming device like Roku, or Boxee Box, as this forum is filled with TiVo users using other devices to access on-line content that the TiVo access, but with a terrible interface compared to the separate OTT device. So, a Sezmi plus a good streamer (too many TiVo users feel they have to get a separate streamer as well) is a mighty good cord cutting option even if Sezmi folds in a year or so one wouldn't be out $400+ just the assumed $150 plus the $5 per month until Sezmi dies, still MUCH cheaper than the TiVo route for cord cutters. Then those folks might make the jump to TiVo, but I doubt it as $19 per month is gonna be a "No Way Jose" for those folks. They will probably go Channel Master and streamer as Channel Master, not as fully featured as TiVo, has NO MONTHLY FEES. That step-DOWN DVR more like a VCR is, surprisingly, very popular at Amazon, but not without some detractors. I for one would've gotten the Channel Master, but I MUST have Name Based Recording, so TiVo it is for me, for now.

    I would get a Sezmi now except that I still read of the DVR being buggy even after all this time with even nastier reviews than the Chanel Master. I do hope Sezmi can get it stable because it is a really good alternative for the cord cutting option and more options and competition is good.
     
  7. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    Something else worth mentioning, once I activated my account I was given a $100 credit to spend on On Demand movies and TV shows.
     
  8. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

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    It works anywhere you can get OTA signals. The antenna works better than the RCA I had hooked up to my Tivo which is basically why I chose it over the Tivo for DVR
     
  9. mattack

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    So what exactly do you mean by "name based recording"?

    Analog to wishlists that record via many different types of criteria, or *TITLE* based recording?

    Does it handle shows that move time slots or are preempted? (Within a day or so of airing, which is what Tivo handles)

    Don't get me wrong, I am a defender of "more limited/manual" type recording devices too.. I just want to know EXACTLY how they compare.

    Can you transfer recordings from a Sezmi to computer?
     
  10. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    It really is too bad. Some company could make a killing with a DVR designed specifically to record OTA signals. Since my Sezmi will die on Monday I went out today and bought a Tivo to record OTA. Found a deal where I can get TIVO service for $9.99 per month as long as I only use antenna.
     
  11. P42

    P42 Active Member

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    Getting the balance of features, usability, and cost, is a challenge, as well as getting traction in the market. We tried Sezmi, features and cost was good, it failed on usability and was returned to Amazon, and we got a Lifetime Premiere for $485.

    The $10 OTA sub is a nice option, much more attractive then $20 :) Now go forth and learn about all your TiVo's features - good and bad ;)
     
  12. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    ;)
     
  13. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

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    Yeah it's a shame. They had a nice core product if they could only have further developed it. I guess there just is not enough demand for OTA DVR, though you'd think with the next generation coming up that isn't conditioned to pay for cable, the segment might grow.

    I literally threw my Sezmi in the dumpster last night (oddly enjoyable) and hooked my Tivo HD backup.

    I'm paying $12.95 but might try to get $9.99 deal for OTA only, though want to leave the door open for hooking cable back up.
     
  14. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I'm glad TiVo is still here.
     
  15. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Umm, please RECYCLE it instead?

    Is it literally useless? No manual recording for example?
     
  16. gvfjr

    gvfjr New Member

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    I have been with Sezmi since their pilot in Los Angeles in 2009. I am going to miss the service, but went out and bought a Tivo to act as my dvr since Sezmi shut it down today. I can say that the Sezmi interface is light years ahead of the Tivo premiere that I just hooked up. Such a mess this Tivo is in presenting recommendations, plus it mixes my kids shows in with my shows, in with my wife's shows. Sezmi had full HD menus for everything, Tivo is HD on the main screen, then jumps to SD in a jarring fashion, looking quite cheesy. Hopefully some updates come along and fix these soon. RIP Sezmi, you will be missed.
     
  17. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    I'll be using mine for manual recording. It has a Terabyte of storage space.
     
  18. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    Can you verify that? As nothing in their outreach or FAQ addresses that, but they do say these things:

     
  19. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

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    I have too much crap I don't use as it is, and no way would I ever use it for manual recording. I live in LA, I'm sure someone pulled it out of the bin anyway.
     

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