Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

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RussellS
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Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by RussellS » Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:14 pm

Hi, new member here just after some information before purchasing Blue Iris.

I have been running iSpy for a few years but without the remote connection options which require a subscription. So to access the system remotely I would Teamviewer into the server and access it that way.
Anyway, I am now looking to upgrade the system to provide 'proper' remote access etc. So to attain this I am evaluating Blue Iris along with my existing knowledge of iSpy.

What I want to know and wasn't really clear on the website is what are the ongoing costs of Blue Iris after the initial purchase. Are there further subscription charges for remote access etc. I know there is a separate charge for the mobile app but I'm referring more to subscription charges so I can compare it to iSpy.

Also if anyone has any comments regarding iSpy Vs Blue Iris I would be very interested to hear them.


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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by Matts1984 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:19 pm

So technically no, after the first initial purchase of Blue Iris, thats all that is needed. The method to enable remote access can vary (multiple options) but none of them have to require a cost (other than standard internet service). There is an annual license renewal required IF you want access to software updates and support. If you buy the initial license (approx $70) you get the first year covered. You can get any and all updates... normally multiple updates per week... and then at the end of the year you can opt to renew for approx $30 or you can let the license lapse. Blue Iris will still work perfectly fine unless you try to get an update beyond your license term but personally for a whole $30 a year for a product I'm very happy with, it's worth it. I spend way more on a tank of gas.

Hope that all makes sense.

Prior to settling on BI I did try multiple NVR platforms, pretty much just the free ones or free-to-try. I honestly can't remember if I tried iSpy but after trying many things, and I consider myself fairly technical, I like the options, capability, and active support with BI. I know others have had different experiences but Ken has been responsive to me and he does put out updates regularly - sometimes just to correct bugs for specific cameras (he did for me).
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by RussellS » Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:55 pm

Thanks for that, you have pretty much confirmed what I already thought. I totally agree with you about the $30 a year being well worth it.

I'm just evaluating BI as we speak and all looks good except I can't get the PTZ working on some of my cameras whereas they do work in iSpy. I'll open a thread in the Blue Iris 5 forum for help on this.
As long as I can overcome this issue then I think BI will be the winner. Fingers crossed.


Thanks again
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by Matts1984 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:53 pm

Good luck! I'm sure whatever the issue is - it can be resolved. I've seen some pretty neat possibilities implemented though none of my cameras are PTZ so I have zero experience in that area myself.
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by HeneryH » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:03 pm

You still get minor releases without a subscription. Just not major release. I don't know how long BI4 was out before the BI5 upgrade came along but it was a long time.
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by HeneryH » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:04 pm

Oh, and $10 for each license to IOS or Android app if you want the specific app rather than using the web page.
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by TimG » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:49 pm

Oh, and $10 for each license to IOS or Android app if you want the specific app rather than using the web page.
RussellS:

1. The android app is for the user, so you can use it on all android devices connected to that Google user account. I can only assume that AOS does the same.
2. The web page is called UI3.
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by RussellS » Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:02 am

Thanks for all the replies, very helpful.

Now I've just got to get my PTZ issues sorted (see thread in Blue Iris 5 forum).
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Re: Total Cost Of Running Blue Iris

Post by RussellS » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:26 pm

Just a quick update.

So after trying just about every possible configuration to get PTZ working on my Tenvis cameras I had pretty much given up and was about to go back to iSpy and purchase the Pro licence when all of a sudden the PTZ just started working. I have no idea why but I'm sure the setting that is working is one that I had already tried umpteen times.

So anyway, PTZ is now working fine and I now have 6 cameras setup (not all have PTZ) with a few more cameras on order. I'm really liking Blue Iris so much that I have now made my decision and purchased it.

I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you guys over the coming months but in the mean time thanks for your help in making my decision.
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