Pros 1) Record favorite TV shows automatically
2) Watch recorded or live TV from any computer, Roku, or iPod Touch.
2) Pause live TV.
Cons Must connect to antenna and router, some may need to run long wires.
Must buy an external hard drive.
Only one tuner so can only record one TV show in a given time frame.
Can't record your basic cable channels if they are encoded.
Summary Works great for us. I'm watching a live TV movie on my desktop in another window while I type this review.
We are an over-the-air broadcast TV family only so this is great for us.
Pros Gives OTA users a good way to watch content
Can be viewed anywhere you have Internet (does good over 3G)
Doesn't tie you to just your tv
Easy to controll how much DVR you need
Cons A little buggy, but will get better with time
Not exactly easy to get on a tv screen (thought not exactly hard)
Summary This product is geared to people who use OTA (over the air) channels. Yeah it works with cable when not encrypted, but that's not it's forte. If you intend on keeping cable, this probably isn't your product. If you cut the cord and you're looking for the next step from plugging directly, give it a look.Ok, things are worse. My grace period is over and I'm very disappointed with this product.
Updated on Dec 4, 2012
Pros Simple installation and easy to use web interface to schedule and watch live & recorded shows.
Cons Simple.TV doesn't support enough platforms yet; no apps for Google TV, iOS, Plex, and Android.
Summary The folks and Simple.TV have done a great job getting this device to market. I love using my device on the iPad and computer using the browser, but it's not enough. Simple.TV must create native applications so users can have a richer experience when interacting with their device. Go Simple.TV!Watching recorded shows is horrible at this time because the show pauses on and off within 30 seconds of viewing. I have a USB 3.0 2TB Buffalo drive installed with this device. Please fix this issue soon! Watching Live TV (Over The Air) works great.
Updated on Oct 31, 2012
Pros 1. Channel guide is excellent tool
2. Simple setup.
3. Picked up over 100 local over the air channel.
4. recording works excellent
Cons 1. Can only view one channel at a time
2. Currently no app for Android.
3. No support at all. I cannot find any support link, phone numbers, etc., Only FAQs.
4. Need to add your own HD.
5. No option to move the file to network connected PC
Summary This product has some limitation but for the money that I paid for, it's well worth it. You can probably get USB TV stick for PC, but you have to leave your pc all the time and if you want to watch live tv, you probably have to pay extra for additional feature.
Does what it said it would, and I have not had any issue so far.