My main goals were to get to a single remote control and one user interface / channel guide for both live and recorded shows. With my U-verse subscription we have to use separate remotes to switch to Netflix or other streaming service. Plus I end up having to manually change my AVR HDMI setting every time we use the Apple TV remote. Not very user friendly and I really don’t care to setup a Harmony remote or comparable.
Seems the major streaming companies continue to have problems offering ALL the major OTA channels for a local area. In my area only DirecTV offers all four major OTA networks, but their current DVR is limited to 20 hours which is totally useless for our requirements. Plus ATT controls the offering, so you know prices will go up every year. I’d likely given DirecTV or comparable streaming service a try if all the channels were available along with a decent DVR solution.
Also seems that Amazon with their Recast box along with others are beginning to potentially compete with Channels or at least moving in that direction? More entities seem to be seeing the advantages of offering OTA with the short list of premium channels.
Would Channels ever consider offering a turnkey OEM Hdhomerun ‘box’ with your own API that was compatible with the media companies? That solution might allow you to better manage your own destiny versus being exposed to changes by both Silicondust and their media partners.
I still really like your solution as the most polished and user friendly at this point. Hopefully Silicondust can get their Premium channels stabilized.
Thanks again. My apologies for the long post.