This week, Really Simple Software (aka Simple.tv) released a Windows 8 App and a Plex Channel for their Simple DVR. Both apps work for all versions of the Simple DVR. I evaluated the apps using V1 DVRs, a Roku 2 XS, and an Amazon Fire TV. The Windows 8 App can be found here.
The Windows 8 app is pretty and supports live TV, but it strikes me as a work in progress…
- I only see ten episodes of a program in my library
- I can’t figure out how to switch from one DVR to another
- No DVR setup or library management tools either
I guess this is for viewing shows on a PC that doesn’t have Chrome or Firefox installed. Or maybe a way for RSS to distance itself from relentless browser security changes. Regardless, it’s pretty and it works and I appreciate the effort.
I’m MUCH more excited about the Plex channel. No live TV with the Plex app, but I can easily navigate my fleet of Simple DVRs using any device that supports Plex. That adds a lot of value to my Fire TV streamers. To add the Simple channel to Plex, select Channels, click INSTALL CHANNELS, and click on Simple.TV.
If you are streaming with a Roku, you already have a Simple app that does a lot more than this Plex channel. The Simple Roku channel supports live streaming from the Simple DVR tuners as well as record/delete functions. The Plex channel includes continuous play and manual setting of stream quality. RARFlix is a free Plex alternative that allows the user to easily set default stream quality and continuous play preferences. Right now, RARFlix is the best way to watch Simple recordings. Get RARFlix here.