Mar 16 2015

Blog - SageTV: Which interface is for you? A review of the choices

I hope you enjoy this writing. I had submitted this just the day before the news that SageTV was coming back to be open sourced from the founder Jeff Kardatzke. Who would have seen this coming? Not me, not our Editor in Chief Mike Garcen; really no one. Sage has stood the test of time. With many beginning to walk away from it including developers, and a few things breaking from time to time, as of lately, it seemed that SageTV was on it’s last legs and would fade away. It’s been no secret to anyone reading Missingremote, that I am a big SageTV fan. Wouldn’t you know after I write that this would most likely be my last SageTV article, that SageTV makes the announcement that it makes this week. I’m glad I was wrong.

I am leaving my writing as is with a few added remarks from myself along the way. This for entertainment purposes as well informative. I hope you enjoy the nostalgia and smirk as much as did when reading it again.

With not much heard from at the SageTV camp anymore (until now) and without further development, unless something changes with SageTV, (Changes will be huge as it is becoming open sourced soon) this will most likely be my last article regarding SageTV.(eeh, not anymore) This writing is about the different interfaces of SageTV, particularly Version 7 regarding comparison. I think it’s important to mention that I think it’s awesome that all of these developers put in all of the time that they have to help make all of the SageTV users experience over the years that much better, so THANK YOU! That being said, I am not a software writer as I have written many times before and I cannot do what you do and may not fully understand all of what is involved with making things work when writing code. My observations are from a user point of view, so some of my observations of your work may seem a bit critical; I mean no offense, with highest respect, again thank you for all of your hard work! Below are my observations with the various different UI for SageTV.

Mar 15 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 52 - ISP, TV, Streaming TV, Streaming Services, Net Neutrality

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How do you watch your TV? There are a ton of ways to watch TV and how to get your content. We discuss a bunch of different way to do it. Kyle talks about his ISP and then we talk about all ISP and the future of Home Internet. We talk about all the different scription model options that could be a reality and some that are currently out there. We venture off into copyright and such for old shows. We discuss crowdfunding show and movies and how do you advertising as entertainment to keep some of these models alive.

This show is run by Kyle Button (@techbutton), Senior Editor and social media director of MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), Mathew Adamson (@MinnesotaMathew) and John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. You can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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Mar 09 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 51 - Netgear Arlo, Plex, Media Browser 3, and Sling TV

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We are back this week with talk about the Netgear Arlo Review that Andrew posted on the website. We discuss the good, the bad and other options against it. We discuss Kyle’s media setup and what seems to be working the best, like Plex or Media Browser and the “Wife Effect”. We talk a little more about the HDFrequency and John’s next steps and then have some talk about the Sling TV and the free items that are included with a 3 month subscription. We also have some other discussion in there, that doesn’t have a direction but we thought it was important.

This show is run by Kyle Button (@techbutton), Senior Editor and social media director of MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), Mathew Adamson (@MinnesotaMathew) and John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. You can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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Mar 09 2015

News - Google Will Open Source SageTV Software

Some pretty crazy news passed my way by our friend George S., linking to a forum post by Jeff from (formerly) SageTV, announcing that they somehow convinced Google to open source the SageTV code! What does this mean? It's too early to tell, but given how involved software developers were in making SageTV a great experience, I have a hunch they'll get together and make something pretty special. In any case, it's better than being dead as it had seemed Google wasn't doing anything with it.

Mar 08 2015

Blog - Amazon Fire TV as a PVR Client with Kodi

Kodi (aka XBMC) is catching fire by using the Amazon Fire TV as a client. As both a user of MCE and SageTV via cableCARD, I have been looking to find a replacement for those particular PVR HTPC systems that has extender capabilities due to no more or little further development from either camp in quite a while. MCE has never really had a viable extender for my needs and I always found them to use way to many resources while not being able to play common file types very well and consistently. SageTV is not cableCARD certified, however due to my cable company not encrypting most of the channels it has been a very good option  for me with the exception of no more support or development unless it is through the user forums which has really slowed down to a crawl. Still if aint broke don’t fix right? Well that’s the trouble. Things are beginning to not work as the should a bit with some of the features over at SageTV. While they are minor issues, Youtube being one was fixed by a software writer in the forum.  My bigger concern was noticing a couple of channels that I would normally get were now encrypted. While first figuring it was a glitch, upon discussion with a coworker, he had mentioned that my cable provider was bought by another cable provider. At about that time is when this issue had surfaced. It could be coincidence but not something that I could chance.

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