Will be switching from Shaw to Sasktel Infinet and Max tv in the near future. One thing that does bother me about Sasktel is the ability to only record two channels and watch one at the same time. Also the fact that the hard drive with the whole home system does not seem to hold as much as I would like. Are there any ways to resolve these issues? Any other experiences would be appreciated.
Thank you for your input. Do not know if we will keep Sasktel for long with that capability. We sometimes record two programs and watch one or two others right now with Shaw with two pvrs. So with Sasktel the stbs are dependant on the pvr to be able to view anything?
You can record up to 2 shows at once and watch 1 previously recorded show on the TV connected to the PVR according to the link below. It sounds like you can watch a show on another TV without going through the PVR.
With 1 PVR (SD or HD) and 1 or more regular set-top boxes (SD or HD)
You can do all of the above (under "You can"), plus:
record 2 shows on the PVR and watch a different show on live TV or on-demand on each regular set-top box.
If I understand this correctly, you can watch live TV on 2 other TVs without going through the PVR as long as you have 2 additional STBs.
That's probably something that you should clarify with Sasktel, since it works a little differently than the other telcos that I'm familiar with.
Edit: If you only have 2 TVs, you might be able to schedule your recordings at times when you won't be watching live TV. Most programs repeat on the specialty channels or you can use time shifting for the broadcast networks.
Personally, I record all my programs and almost never watch live TV.