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Simple.TV STV2-2US Power by SiliconDust The Ultimate Network Dual Tuner & DVR Records Free-to-Air HDTV & Streams to All your Favorite Devices Anywhere in Anytime

  • Stream 5 Channels Simultaneously
  • Remotely Access Live TV Anywhere
  • Watch TV on Any Devices at Home
  • DVR w/ full EPG Data
  • Scheduled Series Recordings
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Ultimate DVR


The Ultimate DVR
Record Live Free HDTV and Stream To All Your Favorite Devices

Cut the cable and save a bundle! Simple.TV is the premier dual tuner DVR that captures free-to-air HDTV, and streams live & recorded TV to all your favorite devices - anywhere, anytime. Get all your broadcast TV favorites on your iPad, Android device, PC, Mac or Roku box and never pay for cable again.

Watch, Pause, Record Live TV
Watch, Pause, Record Live TV

Watch live TV on your Roku, iPad, Android device or laptop and never miss a live sports event, breaking news or your favorite show ever again.

Remote Access
Remote Access

Out of town? Got a long car ride planned? Our Premier subscription enables you to watch your TV programs anywhere, anytime, whether around the corner or around the world.

Record 2 Shows Simultaneously
Record Two Shows Simultaneously

Simple.TV is a dual-tuner DVR, enabling you to record two shows at once. Watch two live streams from different locations at the same time, or record one show while watching another.

Electronic Programming Guide
Electronic Programming Guide

Our intuitive Electronic Program Guide (EPG) gives your easy access to all the programming available from your channel lineup. Search, browse and choose the shows most important to you.

Scheduled Series Recordings
Scheduled Series Recordings

Never want to miss an episode of your favorite show, sitcom or sporting event? Schedule a Series Recording and Simple.TV will record every episode. Don't like re-runs? Ask Simple.TV to record only the new stuff.

Programming Details
Programming Details

Our EPG is filled with the latest show images, series descriptions, meta-data and episode details. Quickly figure out what’s new, upcoming, a series premiere, or a can’t-miss finale. It’s always up to date!

Television in Your Pocket
Television in Your Pocket

Everyone claims TV everywhere, but Simple.TV delivers. Whether watching at home or on the go, access all your shows on your iPad, Android device or mobile phone.

Never Start Over
Never Start Over

Simple.TV lets you pause on one device and resume playback on an entirely different one. It’s never been easier to start watching that nail-biter or the "big" game at home, then switch to your mobile device without skipping a beat.

Tech Specs
Ultimate DVR Ultimate DVR
  • Dual TV Tuner
  • Ethernet Port
  • USB 2.0 HDD Support
  • Coaxial Port (For Antenna Feed)
  • HTML-5 Client Support
  • iPad & Android Application Available
  • Roku Channel Available
  • ATSC (U.S.) Signal Support
dolby
*Simple.TV requires an always-on wired network connection (Ethernet) and a USB 2.0 Hard Drive for storing recorded TV.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
TV Anytime, Anywhere
Simple.TV is the first personal dual-tuner DVR that streams live and recorded TV to your favorite devices, wherever you are.

Get all your broadcast TV favorites on your iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac or stream them to the big screen via your Roku box, Apple TV, or Google ChromeCast.

A DVR That Saves You Money
Are you shocked at the size of your cable bill? You should be. Bundled programming packages can set you back thousands of dollars a year for shows you never watch! With Simple.TV in your set-up, you can record and stream the most popular broadcast TV and cut the cord!
Your Favorite Shows, Now Playing
Simple.TV is like having your own private TV network, recording your favorite shows and delivering them to you whenever and wherever you want. It's TV on your time. Just hit play.

It's a Little Bit Different
Simple.TV isn't your standard DVR. It doesn't connect to your TV directly. Instead, it captures free ATSC broadcast TV and streams it where you want it-on all of your connected screens - inside your house, or on the road.
Simple.TV

Learn more about the SiliconDust STV2-2US

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
STV2-2US

General

TV Tuner
Dual Tuners
Interface
Ethernet

Features

Features
Dual TV Tuner

Ethernet Port

USB 2.0 HDD Support

Coaxial Port (For Antenna Feed)

HTML-5 Client Support

iPad & Android Application Available

Roku Channel Available

ATSC (U.S.) Signal Support

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael R.
  • 4/13/2014 6:30:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNon Responsive

Pros: I own seven single turner version of the Simple.TV. I have each turner setup to a specific OTA network which minimizes the problems with recording shows during the same time slot. The single turner version works great for me. Based on my experience with the single tuner version, I ordered a dual tuner from New Egg. With the dual tuner, it should be possible to record more shows on the same time slot. Fyi, I also have Silicondust dual tuners working with Windows Media Center / Windows Media Buddy and these work perfect. A Windows task scheduler handles the Windows Media Center / Windows Media Buddy file conversion.

Cons: I have given up trying to get the Simple.TV dual turner to work reliably. The dual Simple.TV device is hooked up to the same RF system that the Simple.TV / Silicondust turners are hooked up to. The dual Simple.TV allows me to record / watch shows but it is not a reliable device. I find it in a non-responsive mode more often than not. Reading the Simple.TV post, you need to reboot the device to fix the problem. Guess what, the single turner Simple.TV doesn't have this problem nor does the Silicondust turners. Simpe.TV has a problem with the dual tuner and needs to fix it. I'm done being part of the extended debugging team! When I bought the device from Newegg, I intended to use the DLNA features that were advertised. Guess what, that's not supported either even though I have a Simple.TV pdf that says otherwise.

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  • Chris K.
  • 4/7/2014 5:14:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBUYER BEWARE!!!

Pros: Roku app

Cons: Have to use Chrome to setup. Fan is crazy loud. Unit is unstable. Pauses during live tv. Recordings record sporadically. No consistency other than for it to fail when you want it to work. It won't work without an external HD so make sure you have one available. It also crashes the unit when I delete anything even the recordings that it failed on. All I see now in my recoridngs are failures. Can't even delete those without it crashing and requiring a power cycle to get back.

Other Thoughts: I bought this thinking that maybe the others weren't doing things right. I have a UPS, gigabit switch, everything wired with a powered antenna. So many scheduled recordings never record and instead give the error "This program could not be fully recorded as your Simple.TV was disconnected or lost power during the recording. You may be able to watch a portion of this recording." The thing is on a battery!! No power was lost!! I have a homerunhd and made sure that I'm getting the best signal possible and it still fails! Support is useless. They haven't returned my messages. It really seems that they released a product before it actually worked and expect their customers to bug test for them. I couldn't provide better circumstances for this thing to work and it still fails! Seriously, I have a server rack and dedicated hardware for this and it can't record consistently.

The sad thing is that it will record as I watch the show that it fails to record and will let me pause and skip around but it somehow lost power while I watched it live with no interruption. Obviously they need to fix their error messages so we can do something to make it work.

DO NOT BUY THIS!! Wait at least till 2015 before you look back at this product and simple.tv They'll probably be out of business by then or they might finally get their act together and get their products to deliver what they promise. I just wish they would open source their software so maybe the community can make the darn thing work.

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  • Brandon C.
  • 3/28/2014 6:33:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Plays and records TV and streams to my Roku box and PC without issue!

In order for Simple.TV to work properly, you must follow a few rules.
1. Make sure your router/devices are 802.11n
2. Do not use Firefox to configure/use Simple.tv. Use Chrome instead.
3. Make sure the drive you plug in to the USB port is FAST. At this point I am worried less about the DVR functionality, and tried a regular USB 2.0 drive, which caused all sorts of issues that were talked about in other review below. Using a 16GB Sandisk Extreme drive works very well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA12K1097568
4. if your network is fast, you should be able to change the settings in the Roku app to "prefer HD" which forces the highest bandwidth settings first, and then drops the resolution network congestion is found. If you don't flip the "prefer HD" setting then the video is blocky. Changing this setting is only useful if you have a strong signal from a a high bandwidth 802.11N or better router.

Cons: Fan is loud, but I have the device hidden away in a closet.

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  • Alan A.
  • 3/8/2014 7:35:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReturned my sinpleTV

Pros: low power so the greener solution

Cons: I returned my simple TV. I have been using mythtv as a DVR since August
2004. I installed a HD antenna in the attic as soon as the local stations
switched to HD broadcast, and I cut the cord. So I know a little about the
subject.

I was looking for something that did two things.
1. Was a little greener to operate. My mythtv backend and frontend each
has a 450W power supply.
2. Was a little easier for my wife to operate.

I thought SimplteTV was the answer. But it has the following issues.

1. Some recordings simply fail. The reason is “Failed to tune the
station”.
2. Those that fail you cannot delete. You can delete them and they appear
to to be deleted, but later show back up as a recorded show. Eventually
the “My Shows” will be filled with zombie recordings.
3. Time jumps back 15 minutes and you end up with the last 15 minutes of a
show you didn't want to record and you loose the last 15 minutes of a show
you did want to record.
4. The only way to fix #3 is to reboot. But when you do that you it fails
to record for the next two hours “because the system rebooted while
recording”.
4. Fast forward a show via the chrome browser and a recording gets into a
state where it play a few seconds and stops you have to exit out and
restart the playback and it plays a few more seconds and stops. Exit out
start again. Well you get the picture.
5. Some recording do OK via chrome but Roko it gets into a loop and plays
a few seconds stops re-synch's plays the same few seconds and just loops
that way.
6. Watching the router firewall logs this thing sends has an enormous
amount of traffic to/from the internet. Why? Based on my experience with
MythTV all this need to do is down load guide data once every 24 hours or
so an operation that takes 30-60 seconds max. It does not need to
communicate with the “Cloud” each time you click on an icon on the Web
interface. Way to much over head in my opinion..
7. No control over the device it has a open port on port 80 and 23 (yep
telnet not ssh hint this is the 21's century). But you cannot access the
device locally you have to go through the my.simple.tv web page to access
your local device. Again too much overhead.

Other Thoughts: Any bottle neck getting to the "Cloud" will stall this device. It simply
needs to record a show on time to a local file system not check in with
the "Cloud" for every little thing.

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  • Edward S.
  • 2/20/2014 12:03:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away, Product Needs More Time

Pros: Great concept and PR front (nice web page, web interface, etc)

but...

Cons: It simply did not work, AND there were no work-arounds or ways to diagnose any issues. It is simply connect and pray it works.

My device never registered with the website or service. You can hear it boot (loud fan) and then enter a operational state (low fan, quiet mode), but there is only one light and it doesn't do anything as far as I can tell.

I worked with support via email for over a week but they offered almost nothing beyond what their web FAQ / troubleshooting pages offered.

Other Thoughts: From the looks of it, this product was rushed to market to beat competitors. All indications point to virtually no beta or in-field testing of the device.

I do get the sense the company is trying hard to fix things, but it's the much larger issues that are showstoppers..

I believe this product will be great in time (if it survives), but not in the near term!

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Edward! We appreciate your patience with regards to the process and hope to meet your expectations in the near future! Based on feedback from you and other customers, we'll be making changes to the LED behavior in the near future so that the white LED is always on when the device is operational and functioning, rather than the current behavior of being off when things are working. -Simple.TV

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  • Robert R.
  • 2/16/2014 3:31:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware junk.

Pros: Buyer Beware
Pros: none junk
Loud as jet!
Cons: Hangs up,
Goes offline,
corrupted recording with no recovery options.
Other Thoughts:
This is a piece a junk!
Hard to setup,
No live TV,
No tech help,
No 5 tuners support.
Guide info 10 channels out of over 350.
had to pay return shipping! To test their junk that doesn’t work

Cons: none

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Robert. It sounds like you ran into an issue we experienced where some users with recordings (under the right circumstances) could not be played back. This is a bug that was fixed for all users on 2/21. While we would have preferred it to never have happened, we're doing our best to address issues are they come up! -Simple.TV

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  • Joel A.
  • 2/14/2014 6:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot ready for primetime

Pros: I you have many spare hours this will most likely consume them while trying to set up.

Cons: I spent hours trying to get this to work but it never fully worked. Was eventually recognized in simple.tv web interface but wouldn't detect any USB drive (I tried 3) now I can't remove from simple.tv interface because the device is not detected anymore. Sent packet capture to simple.tv a week ago but have not received any response.

Other Thoughts: It appears to be trying to grab a rescue image and is unable to for some reason:

GET /rescue/swupdate?make=SIDT&model=STV2&v=201401210640&did=XXXX

it has google dns hard coded into the startup process

STV version 1 was equally as frustrating to set up but in the end it does work pretty well.

roku app still needs much work as it rarely streams live tv for me

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Joel! We resolved several USB drive issues in the past few weeks where some USB drives were causing an issue with device setup and have one additional issue that will be resolved in the next few days! We apologize for the issues you have seen and hope to have everything working at the level you expect in the near future. We released an update for the Roku channel that greatly improves its functionality, so please take a look at that as well.

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  • Max D.
  • 2/13/2014 1:07:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Concept, Bad Implementation

Pros: Ability to stream video remotely

Cons: Loud fan - too fast to compensate for poor thermal packaging design (mine actually has a bad bearing too), guide doesn't map channels properly for Clear QAM, only picked up 2/3's of channels via OTA antenna, when all channels we have available are located on the same transmitter tower, streaming video to Roku channel or phones works very sporadically, poor support.

Other Thoughts: I love the concept behind the new Simple.TV, but even with the delay releasing it, it still wasn't ready to ship to consumers. The fan is completely wrong for the case - the case should have holes in the top, or a fan that exhausts out the side. Due to this, the fan runs constantly, and very fast/loud. Even with the fan going so fast, the unit still gets fairly hot.

When playing video via browser, HTML 5 playback mode constantly locks up the video playback, even though audio is still streaming. When trying to play back video using the Roku channel or on my Android using the app, it couldn't connect to the Simple.TV. Wasn't able to connect for about 24 hours before it randomly started working again. When it was working, it was pretty good.

The guide doesn't properly map OTA channels and some Clear QAM channels. Also keep in mind that this is a digital tuner only. Don't get it thinking you're going to get all your standard cable channels to stream or record. Only the Digitals will work.

This has a lot of potential to be a great product, but I can't help but feeling it needed another 2-3 months of development time before it should have been released. I'm guessing they were anxious to get it out vs the competition like Tablo (OTA only, no ClearQAM) and the Channel Master DVR+.

Manufacturer Response:

Thanks for your feedback, Max. We've put out several updates including the most recent on 2/14 that implemented a device sleep mode to keep the internal temperature a bit lower in an effort to keep the fan running at a lower (and quieter) speed. If you're seeing issues related to a bad bearing, please contact our support department so we can arrange to get that replaced. The connectivity issues you were seeing were related to a server issue on our end, that our IT group has identified and corrected. -Simple.TV

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  • Yevgeny F.
  • 2/12/2014 6:08:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHad to say something.....

Pros: In all its pretty good HD quality that starts in a few seconds of playback. Its a few seconds behind the live feed. Video quality on small devices like the iPad and iPhone is outstanding. On Firefox in a small window on the page is also outstanding.

Cons: This one is long so I'll try not to bore you.

The sofware setup was a nightmare as it took me half a day to do. It took me awhile to figure out that IE does not work and Firefox needs a tweek in its settings. And no way of knowing if its doing anything (but it actually was). I just sat there like a monkey waiting for a bannana and after 10 min, bam something changed. It also pi-ss-ed me off tremendously that I need a USB drive to watch live. I thought that the drive was for only the DVR feature, but no. It won't even let me skip it, I'm stuck again. I shoved a random thumbdrive into it and it detected it and I finished the setup. But playback was only a few seconds and then crash. Off to Staples to spend more money (ba$terd$). And then changing the drive, not in-your-face obvious how to do that. Had to guess and found it in settings.

The unit is painfully slow with everything, from guide to playback starting. Somedays the guide is fast and somedays its mad slow (I've noticed all the tracking links inside their website code is making it even worse). I read somewhere that an SSD will do the trick with speeding up playback, but the SSD will decay over a short time if it doesn't have its own built-in trim control. The only SSD that I've found that offers self-trim is OWC SSD drives in their USB case. I highly doubt that the SOC chip offers trimming via the USB peripheral.

Network is super super sensitive. I noticed it can't handle too many reties in the network packets and crashes. It becomes more apparent when my wifi signal falls a bit. If you have bad or corroded contacts on your wired cat5/6 connectors then your not going to believe the packet corruption/drops that happen on your network.

I still can't find a way to play without internet connected. I doubt they will ever open it to DNLA or their API (they actually block the word "API" in their search on their forum) because their money is obviously in tracking (ba$terd$).

There are no channel numbers on their iPad and iPhone apps. Not happy with that. I get what their trying to do which is match tiles with content like netflix and everyone else is trying to do. But it just confuses me mostly. I wouldn't mind both channel and content tiles.

Noise, ho1y cow there's noise. I removed the cover and the improvement is massive to say the least, but when that fan does turns on, ho1y cow. I put it into the garage with a coax and cat5/6 and I'm okay now. That box is obviously not the right design for ventilation.

Video quality on large devices like PC (full screen) or Roku is dog. I know this is a compression factor that is adjustable but will heat the chip even more. So I doubt they want this thing to burn up and would prefer to keep the fan from turning on.

Other Thoughts: Overall I cursed this thing a hundred times, but I choose to keep it, and here's why. It has too much potential with Zenverge ZN200 transcoder chip and sooner or later I'm confident it will get hacked and it will be far far better.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Yevgeny! The security issues are actually caused by a change Firefox made to their default settings which resulted in a bit of a headache for our implementation. We're in the process of updating our implementation to be handled correctly with the default Firefox settings. We apologize for the confusion there. With regards to your other comments about blocking search terms, we don't actually block any terms in the search. Our forum software, like most forum software, has a minimum length for all search terms (in our case, 4 letters) to keep the system from including unhelpful words like "the" or "an" in search results. With regards to the fan noise, we have released a couple updates to improve things, and are always working on ways to improve things. We thank you for your patience. -Simple.TV

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  • Kurt F.
  • 2/11/2014 2:24:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot ready yet

Pros: Works with Chrome. They are putting out updates.

Cons: Clearly states dlna, but dlna does not work. iPhone app works with video only, no audio, and can't record from iPhone. Does not work with IE, or Firefox, only Chrome. The latest update did quiet the very loud fan, only somewhat. 14 seconds to change a channel, is crazy, 6 seconds to fast forward 30 seconds is painfully slow. There was supposed to be an API, which has yet to happen.

Other Thoughts: I really hope that they straighten out their stuff, and get their act together. Stop making it all proprietary (will not work with WMC or XBMC). This is like a Alpha product, not a final product for customers. If you want to buy this, be prepared to drill holes in the top of it, us it in Chrome only, and be constantly at their mercy for updates. Mine's going back. Congratulations, the first product that I've ever returned.

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Kurt! DLNA was mistakenly listed in the product description here and removed once brought to our attention. We apologize for the confusion. FireFox works well with a small change to the security settings - although this change won't be needed in the near future. As for proprietary - we're actually looking into beginning with Plex support before looking at XBMC although you will see an Ouya optimized Android build before that. (many of us here are both Plex and XBMC fans, bitterly divided down the middle). -Simple.TV

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