As a long-time Tivo user, that would get my vote. There are tons of options out there for getting content, but how you navigate the content, the speed of the interface and just the functionality of the apps, I've not seen anything close to Tivo. I use it with FIOS, but their OTA model works well also. Their flexibility in recording options is also second to none.
The Tivo mini's are great as you can use them in any room to pick up watching where you left off or to stream other content. We use Tivo as the single interface for the broadcast shows as well as Netflix, Prime, Hulu and Plex. You can also use 3rd party tools to pull content off your Tivo's for archiving.
Tivo also has apps for watching (and recording/controlling) from your phones and tablets. You can stream to your mobile devices or just download content to take with you.
I looked at Tivo, and its a good system, but not cheap. Not so much the device, but the monthly service. About the same price as an Amazon Recast, but $150/year for just the guide. The guide on AirTV is also free. And most digital TV stations today transmit their own guide for that channel.
So today I brought all my DirecTV pieces to the UPS Store to be shipped back. They are gone....
So to summarize what I have now.1) Fire TV dongles on 4 TVs. 2) Amazon Fire TV Recast box with 4 tuners. Bought an antenna and the guide is supplied free. 3) AirTV Box with 2 tuners. 4) 1T HDD to connect to the AirTV 5) Monthly subscription to Sling TV Blue. $25/month plus $5 for DVR service.
I was paying $108/month for DirecTV or $1296/year
My hardware costs were: 3 Fire TV 4K ($47 x 3 = $141) + 1 Fire TV ($37) + Fire TV Recast ($220) + AirTV ($119) + HDD (Free I had that) = $517 (- $25 rebate on Sling TV) = $492
Monthly costs: $25/month for Sling TV Blue + $5/month for Sling DVR = $30/month ($20/month for 3 months with promotion)
First Year Cost: $492 + $330 = $822/year
Second Year Cost: $360/year
So we have had some hiccups, like some buffering, but we moved things around for a better signal and all seems to be working now. Its slightly more complex because now we use both the Sling TV app. and the Fire TV app. BUT we also have better access to Video-On-Demand content on Sling. Plus we can access EVERYTHING on iPhones and iPads ANYWHERE via Wi-Fi. We did NOT have that from DirecTV.
Overall it has been a BIG learning experience, but I think what we have now is at least as good as what we used to have, but MUCH cheaper. We even get a few cable and local channels we never had with DirecTV. In our family room, where wife and I watch TV together, we have two remotes for the Fire TV so no fighting over the remove. (Fire TV lets you have 7 remotes per stick. They use Bluetooth.)
So this isn't the only solution, of course, but it is one that works for us. If you have lots of people in your family, it may not work for you. Sling limits streams to 3, and 2 for Fire TV Recast. That is plenty for two people.
Overall were happy campers.
Speaking of campers, we are looking at an RV, but with DirecTV, an RV dish costs about $1000. With our solution we just get a Cellular to Wi-Fi adapter and then we have TV basically wherever there is cellular coverage.
I think the Internet is the future of TV. DirecTV lost almost 3M subscribers last year.
Edited by ano, 08 April 2019 - 10:58 PM.