Originally Posted by miwico
Yeah, wifi. I had high hopes and everything connects just fine but it's choppy. I just decided that drives are cheap and provide the best in reliable viewing.
Drives are cheap and reliable, but I'd give powerline networking a shot before giving up completely. A centralized media server with all your movies on it is just so much more convenient.
Originally Posted by kthrash
So I wonder if I got an AppleTV for every TV $99 each or $800 plus a SimpleTV $300 I could record TV on the simple TV and use iPads and iPhones to stream using the simpleTV app to the larger TV Screeens attached to the Apple TV's. and since the the Apple TV's have Netflix, and Hulu Plus on them, I would then have TV, NetFlix, and Hulu.. what would I be missing?
What about live sports on ESPN and whatnot? That is the only thing I can think my wife would bitch about.
NetFlix Subscription : $10 mo
Hulu Subscription : $8 month
Simple TV Subscription : $149 year
I guess I could get two SimpleTV's plug them in the network cabinet and have 4 channes to record from..
You would be missing out on whatever live sports you can watch now but are not available OTA or through streaming - ESPN is probably the biggie, but possibly other stuff like the golf channel (a friend of mine actually watches that a lot). There are a number of ways to stream live sports through Roku/FireTV and probably some on Apple TV as well. I really don't know what all is out there for Apple TV, but between 100% legal and "gray area" streams, pretty much every college/pro game that is televised is available for streaming somewhere. Worst case would be to find a stream on a Mac and Airplay it to the Apple TV.
You'd also miss out on, or more accurately you'd have to wait then buy, premium series' like Game of Thrones. You'd also miss out on Amazon Prime and other streaming service channels if you stick with Apple - same as if you go with Roku or Fire TV you don't have access to the Apple iTunes store. Since you are heavily invested in Apple, it probably makes more sense to stick with ATV. However, I was reading that Apple is going to come out with a new version of ATV later this year. I'd suggest you wait for the new version as the existing one has pretty low hardware specs compared to current tech.
BTW, I though the Simple TV subscription is only $49 a year, not $149 a year?