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Beyond TV


PVR, TIVO, and MPEG2/WMV recording all in one program. Works with many capture/tuner cards, including ATI and nVidia. Highly customizable. Supports 16:9 recording. Also video streaming.

Trialware ($60)
File size:44.2MB
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4.9.3 (October 15, 2010)

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Version 4.9.3 Release Notes

Build 6535 | October 15, 2010

Bug Fixes

- Port conflict with Placeshifting feature causes high CPU usage and continuous error messages
- Hide option in Recorded Shows defaults to none when original is actually hidden
- ShowSqueeze to H.264 fails for files larger than 4GB
- Some manual recordings display projected record time incorrectly after Daylight Savings Time change
- Users without Manage Conflicts permission can force recordings
- Can't burn long files to a data DVD
- Series view in Recorded Shows disrupts the scrollbar
- Unicode file tags are not handled properly by H.264 ShowSqueeze


- Allow software rendering warnings to be disabled in Link
- Support for iPod Touch and iPhone with firmware version 3.x
- DirecTV RC32 remote added to USB-UIRT code library
- New encoder and file tagger for H.264 ShowSqueeze
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Snapstream Personal Video Station

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I have been using BTV for a long time. The software has been updated but in general is standing still and going nowhere.

Posted June 10, 2009 by direstrates. Tool version 4.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

I have used it succesfully to record 24/7 unstoppable for 2 months till the writing of this comment.

Posted January 25, 2009 by vb100k. Tool version Latest using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Love my Tivo and DirecTV PVR but Beyond TV 4.7 has so many useful features I would give up the rest. Except for the computer (byo very cheaply) the BTV package included the capture card (very important to get one that's supported), software and remote. The remote is ok but needs some improvement (more TIVO like).
Favorite BTV features.
1. No channel guide fees. It's included free.
2. Records to a variety of video formats. Mpeg2, Divx, and now M.264. Reads and plays downloaded divx and avi. No flash yet but maybe with the flash/M.264 changes it looks good for the future.
3. My wife uses it with only a little training. (BIG deal for me)
4. No DRM. Easy to take recorded shows and create DVD's but BTV also includes their own DVD creation upgrade which I also use. No editing but easy to use and DVD's always play.
5. Love the remote client. Can play recorded shows on a wireless laptop with BTV client.

Don't like
1. Upgrade to 4.7 was a little confusing because I made the mistake of trying to install under a different user than the original install. Local account instead of Admin. After I figured that out everything was fine. The .net upgrade takes more time but didn't cause any problem.
2. Always use a capture device that has a hardware mpeg encoder. Performance sucks without it.

Posted October 13, 2007 by dgillett. Tool version 4.7 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Be very very careful if you currently have BTV and want to upgrade to 4.7.1 on a Windows XP machine. I have used the BTV product since version 2 without any difficulty. I was running 4.6 when I tried to upgrade to 4.7.1. The upgrade errors out because of a conflict with Microsoft's .net framework. According to Article 1418 on the SnapStream website, the fix is to uninstll .net framwork versions 1 and 2, reinstall an early version of version 1, and reinstall 4.7.1. Well, after 4 hours of doing exactly what was siad on the site, 4.7.1 would not install, nor could I go back and reinstall 4.6. I have an incident report in to SnapStream tech support, but do not yet have an answer. So, unless you really want problems, sya away from 4.7.1.

Posted October 03, 2007 by ine2201. Tool version 4.7.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

BTV is a PVR application begging to be added to the functionality of its older sister product, Beyond Media.

It was a bit of a struggle to get it working as the post-trial registration "broke" some registry keys. Snapstream support was a help although very slow to respond.

Once up and running though it is a good, easy to use PVR. The EPG is very nice but sometimes doesn't match reality. Also, there is a big difference between settings and functions in the menu and the web interface. This is very confusing and sometimes things don't work as expected.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no effort to merge the utilities in "Beyond Media" to "Beyond TV" or link the two products. You can't even play BTV recordings in BM. This severely limits BTV to-well PVR functions. By the time you invest in hardware bundles and options you've spent a good deal of time and money and still can't get matching skins between the two products. I'll still use BTV for a while but that media portal project is looking very interesting...

Posted December 19, 2006 by slingblade. Tool version 4.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

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