Since becoming a Roku user I been reading hundreds of post about recording ota and watching thru Roku. I am interested in setting up a dvr (computer) to record the shows and watch on Roku at later time. The problem is I really don't know which way to go. I have the tuner card, more than enough storage, processing power is no problem. My problem is deciding on what software and the best method of getting it to the roku. I first liked the idea of the NextPVR and the NextPVR channel that had been created. Liked it so much I installed it, setup and recorded some shows. Problem started when Roku channel would no play the recording. The ts was converted to mp4, shows shows up on Roku channel, push play and nothing happens, just goes back to list of shows. After reading more post than I care to mention, I realize the project was abandoned, or at least that's what it sounds like. I am now looking for alternative. I know I could keep using NextPVR to record the shows and then stream them thru Plex which maybe the next option but I was looking for a program that has a Roku channel where I could do the schedules from Roku. Is there any others out there? Does MythTV or BeyondTV provide these things?
I was never able to find any software that would do this to my satisfaction. To a certain extent, it depends on what you are looking for in a DVR and what you are willing to achieve that. On the other hand, it depends on how many televisions you want to serve. For me, in the end, the most satisfying solution was to buy a DTVPal DVR for each television. This is because...
1) we like to pause/rewind/fast forward
2) we did not want a monthly expense
3) we record a lot of shows simultaneously
4) we keep a lot of recordings on hand, but tend tend not to save these
Each DTVPal has dual tuners, so five sets with five dvrs means ten concurrent recordings and 240 hours of hd storage (1200 hours of sd). The media can be renamed and protected, so I can protect The Contest and let episodes of Rules of Engagement age off the DVR. We also get guides for OTA.
The DVRs are more expensive than when I bought mine, but still a lot less expensive than Tivo plus lifetime.
My 'to do' list includes a background DVR that will capture shows for playback ondemand without commercials via Plex, but I'd still like to have casual DVR functionality at each viewing station. I kind of like this
for that. One of the reasons I haven't gotten busy with this is that I am waiting to see what SD is going to do with the HDHomerun. They have a beta going on with DLNA streams. I would love to be able to stream from an HDHomerun to a Plex channel. Regardless, the availability of new hardware will drive down the cost of the current stuff and I really do not have time to mess with this right now.