|Stable release||4.9.3 / October 15, 2010|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
Beyond TV is digital video recorder/media center software for Microsoft Windows produced by the American company SnapStream originally released in 2000 as Personal Video Station. Like most media center software, and devices such as TiVo and Sky+, Beyond TV has a 10-foot user interface design for the living-room TV, and allows you to watch, pause and record live TV, as well as scheduled recording, and recording of shows regularly. It also allows you to search for a show in its electronic program guide, allowing the user to find out when shows are on without having to search through all the listings themselves.
Some of the more powerful and unique functions that Beyond TV sports are SmartSkip, the ability to automatically detect scene changes, including commercials, and then quickly jump between them, and ShowSqueeze, the ability to automatically compress your TV recordings to other formats and profiles. Beyond TV can also be used in a server - client configuration, that allows one computer to host all your media and TV tuning capabilities, while other computers which are connected to it via a network can stream this information. These additional computers could also be connected to TVs for more comfortable viewing.
As of Beyond TV 4.5, SnapStream now offers an optional DVD burning plug-in. This plug-in allows you to burn directly from the application to DVD. DVD burning is only supported for mpeg2 recorded shows.
Beyond TV 4.9.0 now enables placeshifting through its web admin interface.
Beyond TV 4 was featured in PCWorld.ca's guide to turning your PC into a PVR
Although the company has not officially announced that Beyond TV is no longer being supported or has been discontinued, it is widely believed that this is indeed the case, as the last update was in 2010.