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What is Simple.TV?

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2012 04:03PM PDT

Simple.TV is a personal DVR, a placeshifter and a video server all in one, and it's controlled by apps on the most popular platforms. Watch live TV, schedule your favorites, or watch a personal archive of your can't-miss TV anywhere, anytime. However, Simple.TV isn’t your standard DVR. It doesn’t plug into your TV set, it won’t let you get encrypted cable channels* or satellite TV and you plug in your own hard drive (for as much storage as you need).

What it will do is capture free-to-air broadcast TV or basic cable shows and make them available on all your favorite connected screens – inside your house, or on the road.

Here's how it works:

  • Simple.TV connects to your TV antenna or basic cable
  • Plug in a USB hard drive for storage
  • Connect it to your home network
  • Perform our easy online setup
  • You're ready to go!


When you want to watch TV, just launch one of our free Simple.TV apps (on iPad, Roku or visit our website). Catch the home game from out of state; check in on local news from half way around the world; or just sit back and watch your favorite series from your sofa. 

Up to 5 family members can watch Simple.TV simultaneously**, no matter where they are. We've turned a "whole home DVR" into a  "whole planet DVR"!

Additionally, Simple.TV won a Best of CES award at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

With Simple.TV, you can cut your cable bill and take advantage of all of the amazing HDTV that virtually all of us get for free. We built Simple.TV for those of us that want to spend less and watch more and we hope you'll join us in cutting your cable and taking your TV with you.
 

*So no HBO, Showtime, AMC, Comedy Central etc.
**Actual performance depends on factors such as drive speed and home network setup.
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