Synology NAS become quad-tuner DVRs with remote placeshifting

Synology's network-attached storage devices have been turned into quad-tuner DVRs with streaming to computers, tablets, and smartphones thanks to a new DVBLink add-on. The app – when paired with up to four USB TV tuners – can be used to record TV and stream live broadcasts via DLNA, to XBMC devices, or to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone handsets with full remote control.

Satellite and various forms of digital terrestrial TV are supported, with electronic program guides that can be remotely accessed from a mobile device for setting up recordings. Alternatively, they can be navigated via the browser.

Four USB tuners have been tested with the plug-in: the DVB-S2 Stick for satellite TV (model:460e), nanoStick for DVB-T (73e, 73eSE), and nanoStick T2 (290e) for DVB-T/T2 reception. Others may well work, though they're not necessarily certified.

Your Synology NAS will need to be running DSM 4.1 or above, too, and there's a full list of compatible models here. Unfortunately, DVBLink isn't a free update to Synology's NAS range. After a 20-day trial, the package costs €25.21 ($33).