Changes Since 2.0
The following features are new in version 3.0
- Full Screen User Interface
- MPEG-2 encoding (used to be Windows Media only)
- Live TV Viewer
- Integrated Program Guide (used to partner with TitanTV)
- Remote Control Support
In my last review, I was overall pleased with SnapStream PVS 2.0, but had some complaints about the Program Guide.
I also wished to have other codec alternatives. SnapStream has fixed both of these issues. However, it has also doubled the price of its product.
I also wanted more security built-in. Unfortunately, the new Snapstream.Net service is unencrypted.
SnapStream PVS 3.0 retails for $99.99. You can either download it from their website, or wait for them to ship you a CD-ROM.
The optional StreamZap PC Remote Control retails for $34.99. Other remotes cost about the same.
Finally, a PCI TV tuner card costs about $50. With shipping, the total adds up to about $200. In comparison, competitor Frey Technologies are selling SageTV bundled with Hauppauge! WinTV-PVR-250 for less than $200, thus undercutting SnapStream.
This is about the same price as the cheapest standalone unit, excluding eventual service fees. Of course, service fees can add up to $300 for lifetime, but the initial outlay is comparable.