Archive | September, 2004

Anandtech Reviews Meedio Essentials (part 2)

Posted on 16 September 2004 by

Anandtech review of Meedio Essentials part 2 is now up. (part 1 of the meedio review for those who missed it)

Official Meedio Essentials site

I’m looking forward to when Meedio TV becomes available delivering PVR functionality to their excellent HTPC suite. It’s amazing how many options the DIY PVR community has and the list of new and interesting hardware and software keeps growing!

New Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 Driver 1.18.021.22254

Posted on 16 September 2004 by

The SageTV website is reporting an updated driver for the WinTV-PVR-250. According to SageTV, it addresses audio/video issues. The direct download link is here.

Here are the first few entries out of the ReleaseNotes.txt

Hauppauge Specific NOTES:
Driver Release 1.18.021.22254 (09/10/2004)

/*
** Hauppauge Release Info/History…
*/
Driver Release 1.18.021.22254 (09/10/2004)
* Significantly improved tuning support for Non WinTV applications.

Driver Release 1.18.021.22247 (09/03/2004)
* IRQL-safe DMA improvements.

Can’t mention pvr250/350 drivers without linking to SHS’s beta driver forum (and downloads)

Welcoming SnapStream as a Site Sponsor

Welcoming SnapStream as a Site Sponsor

Posted on 15 September 2004 by

I’d like to welcome the newest site sponsor to the byopvr family SnapStream makers of the PVR software solution BeyondTV and the very cool FireFly remote control.

BeyondTV 3.5 is coming out soon and will have the highly desirable multi-tuner support! Be on the lookout for a BTV 3.5 review/preview, as well as some exciting giveaways thanks to SnapStream’s support and interest in our community.

ATI Theater 550: “PVR on a chip”

Posted on 15 September 2004 by

ATI is releasing a PVR on a chip dubbed the ATI Theater 550.

The Register coverage ATI syncs audio, video with Theater 550 chip

PVR blog: ATI Theater 550: PVR-on-a-chip

via HTPCnews there’s a link to a very indepth look at what all that PR gibberish means from hexus.net

The long and short of it: hopefully we’ll see more devices with TV/PVR components and more importantly FINALLY get an ATI AIW (or other regular video cards) with hardware based encoding and PVR-esque functionality built in! (hypothetically)

Windows MCE 2005 to support HDTV

Posted on 14 September 2004 by

According to PVRblog, Windows Media Center 2005 will have support for HDTV. I suspect this will be via the much maligned ATI HDTV Wonder card, at least initially.

A quiick search of Microsoft.com turned up this link regarding HDTV support coming to MCE 2004 using a VBox Terrestrial ATSC card. Sheesh, who can keep up with all this stuff, I’ve never heard of them, or ATSC for that matter.

### rampy’s note/take: I’m not so certain that it will be ATI’s HDTV wonder card, but i’m sure it’s in the mix… I don’t have any reasoning behind that thought, just a hunch

ATSC is the fancy acronym for the over the air digital TV via antenna (FWIW). I left my decoder ring at home and don’t know what ATSC stands for either =)

“They” are doing a bad job in general at standarizing on the DTV broadcast stuff (and it shows) , but I digress…

Today is Save BetaMax Call-in Day: Stop INDUCE Act

Posted on 14 September 2004 by

Not to get all political, but today is Save Betamax day. (don’t worry, the site isn’t going to go all heavy… but those of us in the US should be aware of these issues that can effect our ability to control what we can or cannot do with TV programming and our PCs)

The short version: We’re organizing a call-in day to Congress on September 14 to oppose new legislation that would undermine the Betamax decision (INDUCE Act).

Here’s why: The Betamax VCR died more than 15 years ago, but the Supreme Court decision that made the Betamax and all other VCRs legal lived on. In Sony vs. Universal (known as the Betamax decision) the Court ruled that because VCRs have legitimate uses, the technology is legal—even if some people use it to copy movies.

Of course, the movie industry was lucky it lost the case against VCRs, because home video soon became Hollywood’s largest source of revenue. And the freedom to use and develop new technology that was protected by the Betamax decision set the stage for the incredible growth in computer technology we’ve seen in the last few decades.

via boing boing | quasi-related link eff broadcast flag and eff letter on induce act

Plextor Announces PC PVR with MPEG-4 and DivX Hardware Compression

Posted on 13 September 2004 by

Looks like Plextor has taken the next logical jump in their encoder/capture line of products and have added a much sought after TV tuner, as well as the highly desirable MPEG-4 hardware encoding and DivX hardware encoding.

Snippet From the release:

Plextor Introduces First PC-Based Personal Video Recorder with MPEG-4 and DivX Hardware Compression

Users Can Pause Live TV and Record Favorite Shows on Personal Computers; DivX Format Offers Nearly 300% More Compression than MPEG-2

Plextor(R) Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the new ConvertX(TM) PVR model PX-TV402U with built-in TV tuner. The new PX-TV402U captures and records broadcast, cable, or satellite TV onto a computer hard drive using the DivX(R), MPEG-4, MPEG-2, or MPEG-1 formats. Users can watch, pause, and record live TV, or use an integrated electronic programming guide (EPG) to schedule recordings with a single mouse click.

If companies keep releasing more and more cool PC PVR related hardware and software, BYOPVR is going to need a bigger staff =) BTW GBPVR supports this tuner/encoder already.

UPDATE: SageTV will be supporting the ConvertX TV402U ( and it’s TV tuner-less cousin
ConvertX PX-M402U ) in SageTV’s next incremental release in the coming weeks. SageTV will be offering ConvertX TV402U bundles in it’s online store.

link to Plextor PX-TV402U press release or read more for the full text of the release. Plextor has added/updated their site to include the new ConvertX TV402U.

UPDATE Read our Review of the Plextor ConvertX PVR USB

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Rumor Mill: Hauppauge PVR150?

Posted on 11 September 2004 by

My sources (ok, it was an anon post in the forum) tell me that hauppauge has a pvr150 coming out “soon”

see the PVR 150 post for some juicy links to some hauppauge france powerpoint presentation in spanish…

Is it a cheaper pvr250? Is it a rebranded roslyn/blackbird card marketed to consumer/retail market? Stay tuned to find out…

From the google-grish translation

More solutions PVR.
Hauppauge will present/display new products of economic the PVRmás line and with more benefits: Following the movement of market towards the all digital thing, the WinTV-PVR-150 allows to take any source analogical (television, analogical camera, VHS tape) and to pass it to MPEG-2 through hardware soon to make S-vcd or DVD with a recorder. The Pvr-150 Integra the new chip of CONEXAN of compression by hardware that has allowed Hauppauge to remove a capturadora PVR economic than PVR 250 but with the same technical characteristics.

New SD Card Universal Remote Control Device

Posted on 10 September 2004 by

I know it’s no “turn your ipod into a convoluted remote control” but this SD card with an IR transmitter piqued my interest.

It looks like currently only PALM devices… My SD slot resides on the side of my Dell Axim anyways which would be kinda silly, but with a little software on the handheld side a very cool universal remote could hypothetically be had with one of these.

At the least you could have some fun at your local sports bar changing the channels in the middle of a football game over to ice skating =P

Thanks to ra for the link suggestion.

Silverstone LC06 Mini-itx case review

Posted on 10 September 2004 by

EPIACenter.com has a review of the Silverstone LC06 case which supports up to 2 PCI cards and looks good in an entertainment center.

Nothing to do with the case review, but the VIA EPIA mini-itx “case mod” (if you can call it that) of an Ikea shelf turned PC is amazing, or perhaps just amusing.