Simple.TV 1 Simple.TV 2
Tuners 1 2
Physical Features
TV input Single RF connector Single RF connector
TV pass-though Single RF connector None
Network i/o 100-base-T ethernet 100-base-T ethernet
Storage i/o USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Power input DC 12v DC 12v
Power usage 12 watts 12 watts
Video & Audio Formats
TV input signal Antenna (ATSC), Cable (ClearQAM) Antenna (ATSC), Cable (ClearQAM)
Video output format H.264 multi-variant streams (3 streams) H.264 multi-variant streams (4 streams)
File output HLS HLS, MP4
Audio output AAC stereo AAC stereo
Storage use 1.5GBytes/hour - adjustable 1.5GBytes/hour - adjustable
File system for attached storage JFS EXT4

Questions & Answers

What is Simple.TV?

Simple.TV is a personal DVR that streams live and recorded TV programs to web-connected devices like the iPad, Roku media streamer, and PCs and Macs. Depending on the model, it includes either one or two HDTV tuners that record TV to a external storage that you provide. In a nutshell, you get free HDTV on your computer, tablet or connected TV without a cable subscription.

What's different about Simple.TV?

Firstly, Simple.TV doesn't plug directly into your TV set. Instead, it is a video server, streaming TV to your internet connected devices.

Second, Simple.TV only works with broadcast television (antenna). It won't let you record cable channels if your cable operator has encrypted them. Also - no Satellite TV support.

Third, BYO storage. With SimpleTV, you plug in your own hard drive.

How much does Simple.TV cost?

Simple.TV DVR starts at $199.99, excluding tax, shipping and handling. Our Premiere subscription service is extra, but gives you access to stream shows outside your home, download shows to your mobile device or PC/Mac, and set-up automatic TV series recordings. You can buy a 1-year subscription.

Is Simple.TV available in my country?

Simple.TV is available in the United States.

What do I need to use Simple.TV?

  • An ATSC digital antenna
  • A USB 2.0 or 3.0 hard drive
  • A home network with access to the internet
  • A PC or Mac running Firefox, Chrome or Safari to setup your account online and to watch TV

What sort of channels can I get with Simple.TV?

Most customers will be able to receive FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CW and other channels available in their broadcast area.

Does Simple.TV get HDTV?

That depends on your TV service. Most over-the-air channels (the kind you receive with an antenna) are in HD – and they look fantastic!

How many tuners does Simple.TV have?

Simple.TV 1 has a single HDTV tuner, Simple.TV 2 has two tuners. However, you can watch up to 5* different recordings at once (or multiple users can watch the same live TV channels at the same time on different devices) so the whole family can catch up on their favorite shows simultaneously.

*Simple.TV playback performance is limited by your network bandwidth and USB hard drive performance.

What devices can I watch Simple.TV on?

There are four main ways to watch live and recorded programming with Simple.TV:

  • A web browser on your PC or Mac (Firefox, Chrome and Safari are currently supported)
  • A Roku streaming media box (running the Simple.TV "channel")
  • An iPad or iPhone (running the Simple.TV app, downloadable from the App Store*)
  • An Android device

How many people can watch Simple.TV at once?

Up to 5* simultaneous connections are possible. Mom, dad and three kids can all watch different recorded shows on different devices. And if you have the Premier service, you can watch from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. With Simple.TV 2, you can watch two different live shows simultaneously.

*Simple.TV playback performance is limited by your network bandwidth and USB hard drive performance.

What's the Free vs. Premier Service?

With our free service you'll get full HD video; the ability to record, watch and pause live TV; and in-home streaming. Recording is limited to what’s on.

Simple.TV Premier adds unlimited global streaming for up to 5 users, the ability to schedule recordings automatically of all your favorite shows and our rich interactive program guide.

Premier is currently available either as a yearly subscription ($59.99 per year).

Are you offering a monthly subscription option?

Simple.TV is only available annually.

Can I cancel my order?

You can cancel your any time before the product ships from our warehouse. To cancel your order visit support.simple.tv and select one of the contact options. We'll process your refund as soon as possible. Once your order has shipped, it is subject to our standard return policy.

What is your return policy?

We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee for purchases made from Simple.TV, with the following conditions:

  • Simple.TV must be returned in original packaging with all materials in the same condition in which is was received
  • All shipping charges are the responsibility of the purchaser
  • A 15% restocking fee will be incurred if the returned product does not include all the original components in the same condition in which it was received.
  • Goods received as damaged are subject to an excess restocking fee, which depends on the individual case. Visit our support page and select one of the contact options. We'll contact you with instructions on how to proceed.
  • Products sold through distribution channels and associated transactions are handled by the physical or online reseller.

What is the Simple.TV warranty?

Really Simple Software Inc. warrants that the Simple.TV hardware will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase from Simple.TV or an authorized reseller for Simple.TV. This limited warranty covers repair, or replacement with a new or refurbished Simple.TV box, free of charge. You are responsible for the cost of shipping. No other warranties are expressed or implied. To obtain warranty service, please visit our support page and select one of our contact options.

Can I transfer my subscription if I buy a new unit?

Yes! Rest assured whether you buy a unit today or upgrade to a new unit a year from now, we won’t charge you extra for the subscription. Every Simple.TV subscription can accommodate new units as long as you have a valid Simple.TV subscription.

I have 2 Simple.TV units, do I need an extra subscription?

No! We believe in value and we don’t nickel and dime you to death. Our subscriptions are tied to your account and you can choose to have one DVR or many DVRs on your account. As long as you’re the account owner, it's smooth sailing ahead!

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