First, let me say Thank you to you all. I am so grateful for the information you have provided me.
I signed up for the forums before purchasing a lifetime service to try and figure out why the connect feature wouldn't work and I was wondering if it was because I was in the 30 day trial period.
As the owner of 4 older Tivo's without streaming I like having a DVR. I also have a SimpleTV version1, 2 Slingboxes and 2 massive antennas, I like to have access to my local programming when I travel. My preferred streamer is Roku, but the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV's have grown on me.
When I visit my Mother and Brother on the farm where I grew up, beyond the reach of cable television, cell phone reception and terrestrial television signals, unless you like religious programming, I often watch my SimpleTV or my Slingbox, My mother's phone company does provide an internet bundle...she loves netflix. I use my either my slingbox or simple TV (it still works just fine, so far). We were able to watch the July 4th fireworks via my Simple TV, in fact. I had hoped that Tablo would fulfill our needs down there with it's multiple tuners but it sounds like it wont. And if it's not a priority, the steaming out of your home thing, then this device will not suit my purposes.
I'm returning mine.
Good luck out there and thanks again!