Archive | February, 2004

Review Coming Soon: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR350

Posted on 24 February 2004 by

Hauppauge sent a review unit of their WinTV PVR350 to the BYOPVR office. Be on the lookout for that review in the coming weeks as I put the WinTV PVR350 through its paces.

If you have any questions about the Hauppauge PVR350 you’d like specifically addressed, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to include that information in the review. Don’t feel like waiting for our review? Feel free to submit your own PVR product review in the meantime.

Tivo has big plans

Posted on 17 February 2004 by

There has been a lot of talk floating around about TiVo’s acquisition of Strangeberry, “a small Palo Alto based technology company specializing in using home network and broadband technologies to create new entertainment experiences on television.

People from Slashdot and PVRblog are getting overly excited about a picture that has been posted on Fracker’s blog, which is nothing more than three popular Network Media Adapters that were supposedly purchased by Stangeberry developers. This picture has lead to Mike Haughey, of PVRblog, to speculate that TiVo will be “producing home broadband boxes that did everything from act as a firewall and wireless router, to home filesharing and IM, to callerID/tv/movie/weather updates on your TV, all in one simple box running a linux port.

Broadcast your AV

Posted on 17 February 2004 by

Thought this might be a good product to take a look at. Avacast lets you “broadcast” your AV from your Media center – MCE PC, TiVo or ReplayTV to the rest of your household TVs. Might be a way to get more bang for your buck and flexibility with your PVR projects…
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More Consumer DVD Recorder, Player, DVR devices

Posted on 16 February 2004 by

For 300 beans (probably less retail) you can get a Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder/Player as seen on freshgear on techtv.

Also of interest in the home PVR HTPC setup arena Kiss Technology DP-508 DVD Player a DVD box stores and plays music, videos, and pictures from your PC. It’s 500 beans retail though. Again, I’d rather build my own, because I’m that type of guy, but it’s nice to see this type of functionality become more and more pervasive amongst regular consumer products.

Tivo Cheats

Posted on 12 February 2004 by

Found some info on TIVO hacks, not sure if this is all old news, but what ever… Enjoy.

  • The 30 Second Tivo Jump
  • The Whole Hacking the Tivo FAQ
  • Tivo Hacks for beginners
  • New Windows PVR Software GB-PVR

    Posted on 05 February 2004 by

    Well it’s only new to me anways =) GB-PVR site It isn’t Open Source, but it’s still “free as in beer”, and the overlay looks pretty darn good to me. It also supports the MVP, although I’m not sure in what capacity…. Maybe 2n could check that out first hand?

    Read more to see what that author had to say about his software or make a comment.
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    MythTV 0.14 Realeased

    Posted on 03 February 2004 by

    I noticed that MythTV 0.14 was released on January 31st, see info here.

    The reason this release caught my attention was this bullet line:

  • Ian Caulfield started work on a Windows port of the frontend (ie, no recording), that uses cygwin and the Qt3/Win32 port.

  • Review: Hauppauge MediaMVP

    Posted on 03 February 2004 by

    2n graciously submitted a Review of the Hauppauge MediaMVP

    2n is a PVR/PC neophyte, and it is interesting to see how he faired with this supposedly plug and play set top media center by the venerable Hauppauge. He didn’t call me once for technical support, so perhaps that’s a good sign! Read the review to find out how he and his MediaMVP performed

    Janet Jackson Flashes, PVR users Rejoice

    Posted on 02 February 2004 by

    Well sorta… they rejoice at the ability to manipulate live TV, and export their captures to their PC’s etc… It wasn’t 20 minutes after the event that I saw the first capture and avi of Janet Jackson’s not so “accidental” accidental breast reveal on

    Anyways, Tivo owners love Janet Jackson’s boobs to the tune of a 180 percent viewership spike (whatever that means). If you find a better article about Janet nipslip and Tivo/PVR post it in the comments…

    Is that a PVR in your POCKET or are you just glad to see me?

    Posted on 01 February 2004 by

    I found this Pocket PVR while surfing around tonight. And while it is not truely a Personal Video Recorder, it is a very cool pocket sized way to turn most any PC into a PVR. Some of the more interesting points are:

    • USB Powered.
    • USB 2.0. 480 Mbps claimed.
    • MPEG 1, 2, and 4.
    • Built in IR reciever.

    Down Side:

    • MPEG2 Capture requires a 2gHz P4