Missing Remote’s Daniel Schoerner has written a nice, comprehensive review of Beyond TV 4.7. He covers all BTV features with a focus on the new functionality, appreciating iTunes Integration and the lesser-publicized Firefly Mobile feature – allowing you to use your iPhone or smart phone as a remote control. Overall, it’s a great overview and Missing Remote has high praise for Snapstream’s Beyond TV.
I agree with Missing Remote that the new features in this latest version of Beyond TV are great. Additional integrated and easy-to-use functionality – that’s been the cornerstone of BTV from the beginning.
However, Daniel didn’t address the lack of integrated DVD, music and photo functionality that many of Snapstream’s competitors offer. Yes, Snapstream sells the separate Beyond Media software. But it appears to have been abandoned by Snapstream and by the plugin developers that make home theater software competitive. Bottom line: If you want an easy-to-use and fairly easy-to-setup home theater PVR program that provides Tivo-like features, Beyond TV is one of the best. If you want a complete HTPC experience though, you’ll need more than just Beyond TV. And I don’t say that lightly, as an owner of both Beyond TV and Beyond Media.
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