2007-09-27, 03:49 AM
I'm in the process of putting together an HTPC and looking at getting either Beyond TV or Sage TV for my PVR software. I'm looking for input as to which of the two is the better choice. I have a digital feed (currently BEV) and I will also be looking to capture HD OTA as well. Any pros or cons of either software would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
2007-09-27, 10:26 AM
I would download the trial packages for each and try them out.
I use BTV and it is an excellent PVR package. However, BeyondMedia is a very poor HTPC front end (in fact it's just poor all the way around). Sage definitely has an edge as a front end and in community utilities. If you are planning on a separate front end like MediaPortal, then it's a non-issue, but if you are looking for a completely integrated front end/PVR package, Sage probably has the edge.
2007-10-02, 02:56 PM
Take a look at MythTV as well, haven't tried it myself:
2007-10-03, 03:23 AM
MediaPortal is also worth a try, especially since it's open source and free.
2007-10-04, 03:41 PM
For everything I have looked at and everything that I have used, SageTV more than solidly gets my vote. Behind that, Windows MCE.
Beyond is great for TV but as has been pointed out, it is not so good for media compared to Sage or MCE.
Myth is alright but the whole Linux crap is far too much of a pain to fight with. When I build an HTPC I simply want it to work right away for with only the smallest amount of effort. The 3 times I have played with Myth, this has not been the case.
Mediaportal is interesting but support is nearly non-existant and the worst part is that it seems to be near exclusively targetted at the European market.
Now, understand that I also know people that have used all of these options and the ones that most everyone gravitate to is Sage, Beyond and MCE. Those that have messed with MP drop it almost right away and those that do the MythTV thing are constantly fighting with their systems for some reason or another. Comically, the Myth people will still claim that their solution is the best and that it is stable, bla bla bla.
On the other hand, all of the people that I have got on to Sage, Beyond or MCE are exceedingly happy and don't tinker hardly at all once it is set up.
My final comment is that if WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) is an issue, you need to stick to the tried and true. If you are into tinkering and trial and error, go the MP or MythTV route. In the end, to each his own because if that was not the case, there would not be as many HTPC choices as there are.
Good luck and have fun!!!
2007-12-01, 01:35 AM
Hi, I'm about to build an HTPC and i have questions about the difference between Sage and Beyond TV. I hear Beyond TV is much easier to setup. My main concern is that Sage TV does not allow you to record one program and watch another Live program, can you do this with Beyond TV? Also do i need to pay subscription fees to use the EPG features in Beyond and Sage? Thanks, I couldn't find definite answers on the product websites so any responses are appreciated.
2007-12-01, 10:23 AM
My main concern is that Sage TV does not allow you to record one program and watch another Live program
Every HTPC software package out there allows for as much or as little recording and liveTV watching as you want, provided you have enough tuner devices. If you want to record one show and watch a lie show from another channel, you MUST have two tuner cards regardless of the software you are using. This could, depending on your setup, also mean you will need a STB from your TV providor for each of these tuner cards.
Sage is very simple to set up. About the same complexity as BeyondTV. The only thing easier is Windows MCE.
SageTV, like MCE, is a total solution. There is no extra software to buy. BeyondTV is a single piece of software that ONLY does TV. You are left needing to buy BeyondMEDIA if you want to play movies and video clips.
2007-12-01, 12:39 PM
BeyondTV is a great product. Can't say the same about BeyondMedia. If you're looking for something more than a PVR package (more like a complete integrated front-end/PVR), Sage is a better choice.