The home network is evolving from a simple extension of what is found in a SOHO environment into one that is more in tune with the kinds of things people might like to do on a day-to-day basis. And, at the heart of it all is the television. Love it or leave it, the television and its programs dominate the home.
But, true enthusiasts are not likely to be tempted by glossy marketing hype about "rich media experiences." However, we got a great response to our
The PVR Revolution
Most of us have heard or read about, and probably drooled over, TiVo, ReplayTV and other expensive Personal Video Recorders (PVRs), also known as Digital Video Recorders (DVRs). And most of us have probably wondered if there exists software that could run on our current PCs and accomplish the same thing for a more modest investment. After all, TV is inherently just bits, and bits can be manipulated in software. SnapStream PVS is a piece of software that aims to fill this price/performance gap, and also adds some unique features of its own.
The holy grail of TV viewing from a consumer perspective is, of course, easy-to-use time-shifting, including commercial skip -- or, "If I already pay for the content stream, I should be able to do with it as I please." This includes archiving and viewing on devices other than a TV set. Let's see if SnapStream PVS comes anywhere close to this goal.