Simple.TV the New Way to Record and Stream Your Favorite Shows
Cords are looking more and more to simply be a thing of the past. There are more and more ways to cut the cord, and still get that great signal for your beautiful high-definition media to be experienced the way it was meant to be. With all the different devices available on the consumer market, it’s never been easier to record, stream, share, save, and store the media that you love the most. Apple TV and Roku boxes have become something of a norm in the average household. Time-shifting, a concept introduced when TiVo and other DVR devices gave us the ability to record live TV, has created a climate wherein consumers are accustomed to watching what they want exactly when they want to watch it. The most recent development in our media consuming experience is place-shifting, which refers to the ability we now have to consume our media from just about anywhere. A ton of new tech has been flooding the market, and Simple.TV looks to be the next step in this idea’s evolution. While the product has a few limitations and looks to be a few iterations away from perfection, the idea is there and the product is exciting.
For one thing, the Simple.TV does a lot, without ever actually physically connecting to your TV, necessarily. You can certainly establish a physical connection if it’s your best option, but the Simple.TV is capable of connecting with your television via over-the-air HDMI signals or digital cable. It can also stream to your iOS device, as well as any browser that has HTML capabilities (this is pretty much all of them). The result is something of a Roku Box on steroids that, with a subscription that’ll run you an easy fifty bucks per year, allows you to stream your television media to up to five devices at a single time. Say you’re at the airport, about to take off for a week during which you can’t catch your favorite show. It’s airing as you sit there, waiting for your departure, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Unless of course, you have Simple.TV — in which case you can flip open your iPad and watch your programming right there. It’s a beautiful thing.
While there are still a few hitches, like not being able to record more than one show at a time, and not having any internal DVR storage, the Simple.TV is more awesome than having a DVD duplication company and lets you stream your media to compatible devices no matter where you are. It’s only getting more and more convenient to consume our favorite movies and television. The Simple.TV represents the introduction of a brand new idea and a great step in the direction of wireless media consumption. It’s exciting to see what kind of developments will follow this as it continues to be perfected and expanded upon.
Sarah Danielson is a freelance writer and part-time student. In her spare time she likes to go hiking and help with an animal rescue out of Los Angeles, California.