I'm an existing TiVo cableCARD user who is considering switching to Channels DVR and I have some questions:
I have 2 reasons for switching:
- My primary home has Xfinity (1gb/40mbps) and TV is pretty much "free" the way they price bundles. My secondary home has fiber (1gb/1gb) but no TV. I'd like to be able to watch live and DVRed HDTV using my Xfinity subscription at both locations.
- I have Apple TVs on every TV and I'd like to just keep my TVs tuned to these. rather than switching to a second device for live/DVRed TV.
If these are good reasons to set up Channels DVR Server, then I'm onto my next questions:
- Do I need a cableCARD tuner to get the full benefits of my Xfinity subscription? Some of what I've read implies I can just sign in with my xfinity subscription. But an HDHomerun tuner is listed as required.
- When I go to silicondust.com, the only cableCARD tuner listed is "in development". What do people use with cableCARD? The minimum requirements for Channels DVR Server states a HDHomerun tuner is required, but I don't receive over-the-air broadcasts where I live so I either need a cableCARD or the answer to #1 above needs to be "no tuner required".
- I've read that many cable companies put the CCI bit (copy once) on just about everything, which breaks most/all of Channels DVR's use cases. What are people's experiences with Comcast and Channels DVR Server?
Assuming that I can overcome the hurdles above...
4. How many simultaneous recordings are supported? Does system spec determine the max number of simultaneous recordings?
5. I don't have an existing computer/device to try this out, so I'd be buying a new device. To start I'd love the best price/performance entry system. An rPi+SSD or other low-power device would be optimal. Any recommendations (AMZN links?) for a complete setup would be greatly appreciated.
6. For those that use a DVR server in one home and the Channels app remotely or in another home, do you find cable upstream bandwidth adequate to stream HD content? My Comcast upstream bandwidth is pretty consistently between 30-40mbps.
That's all I can think of to get up and running. Thanks in advance!