Archive | October, 2004

New GBPVR Version .22 Released

Posted on 15 October 2004 by

Sub has released GBPVR version .22

– Custom tasks now return the window to the correct state.
– Directly launching with -livetv parameter no longer results in ActiveMovie window when in fullscreen mode.
– Horizontal/Vertical zoom and offset settings in config.xml now work when playing video with VMR7/VMR9/Overlay.
– Now has option to wake machine to perfrom EPG update.
– Fixed a bug that would sometimes stop you from deleting a capture source.
– You can now change the duration in seconds of skip button. The default is currently 60 seconds.
– You can now configure GB-PVR to perform manual skips in seconds or minutes depending on your preference.

(read more for the rest of the update or visit the official GBPVR update thread)

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AVerMedia Delivers New TV Tuners

Posted on 15 October 2004 by

Wow, it’s been a busy news week for TV tuner and encoder announcments to go along with the Windows MCE 2005 launch.

DesignTechnica is reporting AVerMedia is introducing eight new TV-Tuner cards for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 see the official press release here or read more.

More options are always a plus, but it’s starting to get a bit dizzing with all these different options available. Competition is a good thing, and staying on top of all these cards/products and doing reviews/shootouts should keep the byopvr staff pretty busy over the winter months =)

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Reminder:  SnapStream BeyondTV 3.5 & Dual Tuners Bundle Giveaway

Reminder: SnapStream BeyondTV 3.5 & Dual Tuners Bundle Giveaway

Posted on 14 October 2004 by


Giveaway is closed… no more entries will be accepted.. drawing to take place shortly…

To celebrate the recent launch of SnapStream’s multi-tuner capable version of BeyondTV 3.5 they’ve stepped up the plate to sponsor a multi-tuner BeyondTV 3.5 giveaway to a BYOPVR member!

The lucky giveaway winner will receive a licensed copy of BeyondTV 3.5 along with 2 (that’s right two!) Hauppauge WinTV PVR250BTV hardware encoder/tuner cards so you can experience the new spiffy multi-tuner functionality. Just add a reasonably spec’d PC and you will be on your way to homebrew PVR nirvana!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Go to the BeyondTV page on SnapStream’s site.

2. Find the prominent quote by the Associated Press Reviews, March 2004 (Hint, it’s an image so CTRL+F will be of no help =P )

3. Send a private message to byopvr user giveaway. Include the text of the specific quote you found in step 2, and a valid email address (used for contacting the winner only).

The giveaway is open to registered users in the continental US ONLY, please only ONE submission per person, previous byopvr giveaway winners are not eligible. The giveaway ended Tuesday October 19th, 2004 12:00 (noon) Eastern time. The winner was determined by random drawing shortly there after.

Thanks again to SnapStream & BeyondTV for sponsoring the Giveaway!

Hauppauge PVR150 and Dual Tuner PVR500 now available

Posted on 14 October 2004 by

Hauppauge launches 5 new windows MCE 2005 compatible TV tuner encoder products including the new more economical WinTV PVR 150 and the dual tuner WinTV PVR500

Quick Plug of a byopvr site sponsor: PCAlchemy has the WinTV PVR MCE150 for (at time of the posting) $65.45!

Our previous coverage of the PVR150

Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Posted on 14 October 2004 by

Yesterday Microsoft launched the 2005 edition of their OS specifically tailored to be a complete end to end home multimedia center, Windows MCE 2005.

TV Harmony did all the hard work in finding most of the reviews/coverage of the Windows XP MCE 2005 launch.

HTPCnews review of MCE 2005
PCWorld’s first impressions of MCE 2005
Tom’s hardware coverage
Jupiter Research’s Gartenberg’s blog’s comments
CNET coverage (as noted yesterday thanks to lowbrow)

Also I noticed that PCAlchemy now has MCE 2005 / PVR-250MCE / MCE Remote / NVDVD Decoder Bundle and the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (OEM) for sale.

SageTV 2.1 Public Beta Features

Posted on 13 October 2004 by

SageTV has released a public beta of SageTV 2.1.

Here are some highlights (read more or visit the SageTV beta dowload page for full list)

* Support for MPEG4 and Divx tuners (like Plextor ConvertX TV-402U)
* Mix and match formats i.e. record mpeg2 with pvr250 and DivX with ConvertX
* Run SageTV as Windows Service and Power Management Support
* The all important bug fixes and performance enhancements =)

I can’t wait to get this update onto my PVR350 SageTV 2.x homebrew PVR!

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CNET Reviews Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Posted on 13 October 2004 by

CNET chimes in with their review of Media Center Edition 2005. They give it a 7.6 out of 10. Here’s their thumbnail review:

The good
Attractive, easy-to-navigate interface; HDTV and dual-tuner support; works with set-top and mobile devices.

The bad:
TV still looks second-rate on large screens; operating system is not sold separately.

SnapStream BeyondTV 3.5 & Dual Tuner Bundle Giveaway

SnapStream BeyondTV 3.5 & Dual Tuner Bundle Giveaway

Posted on 12 October 2004 by


Giveaway is closed… no more entries will be accepted.. drawing to take place shortly…

To celebrate the recent launch of SnapStream’s multi-tuner capable version of BeyondTV 3.5 they’ve stepped up the plate to sponsor a multi-tuner BeyondTV 3.5 giveaway to a BYOPVR member!

The lucky giveaway winner will receive a licensed copy of BeyondTV 3.5 along with 2 (that’s right two!) Hauppauge WinTV PVR250BTV hardware encoder/tuner cards so you can experience the new spiffy multi-tuner functionality. Just add a reasonably spec’d PC and you will be on your way to homebrew PVR nirvana!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Go to the BeyondTV page on SnapStream’s site.

2. Find the prominent quote by the Associated Press Reviews, March 2004 (Hint, it’s an image so CTRL+F will be of no help =P )

3. Send a private message to byopvr user giveaway. Include the text of the specific quote you found in step 2, and a valid email address (used for contacting the winner only).

The giveaway is open to registered users in the continental US ONLY, please only ONE submission per person, previous byopvr giveaway winners are not eligible. The giveaway ends next Tuesday October 19th, 2004 12:00 (noon) Eastern time. The winner will be determined by random drawing shortly there after.

Thanks again to SnapStream & BeyondTV for sponsoring the Giveaway!

PCAlchemy HTPC Case Giveway Winner!

PCAlchemy HTPC Case Giveway Winner!

Posted on 11 October 2004 by

The winner has been drawn: Congratulations to kprlee! (silver or black kprlee?)

The fine folks at PCAlchemy have stepped up once again to sponsor a giveaway exclusive to BYOPVR users. This time the lucky winner will receive an Ahanix D3 Media Center Enclosure It’s very slick looking with entertainment center-esque sex appeal and it accepts both micro ATX and full sized ATX motherboards! You are probably already aware how much HTPC friendly cases costs, and the D3 is loaded with HTPC coolness.

The giveaway was open to registered users in the continental US ONLY, please only ONE submission per person. The giveaway has ended Monday October 11th, 2004 12:00 (noon) Eastern time. The winner was determined by random drawing.

Thanks again to PCAlchemy.com for sponsoring the giveaway!

Time Warner Cable DVR Glitch

Posted on 11 October 2004 by

I know people think that the cable company’s low/no equipment cost generic DVR options will kill TiVo, but surprise surprise the big cable company’s can’t seem to get out of their own way… Time Warner Cable DVR Glitch

“It appears that Time Warner auto-updated the DVR with a new software release, but along with all that auto-updating goodness came a bug which freezes video playback for 3-4 seconds at a time. According to one subscriber, Patrick Menton, “It can happen maybe eight to 10 times during a program and it’s very aggravating.” nod to TV Harmony

Remember the Scientific Atlanta 8000 DVR rant? Mark F ended up returning it and buying a TiVo.

Additional SA8000HD High Definition, DVR-enabled cable boxes from Time Warner Cable grumblings also via Slashdot

I like more competition in the DVR/PVR marketplace (it’s a healthy thing for consumers). The more people that understand how great the concept/technology of using a PVR to manage your entertainment time more wisely, the better! (and once they figure out they can’t get their recorded content digitally off their set top boxes, they’ll come here to build their own PVR) =P

All in all, TiVo deserves to be the market leader with their very solid and very useable interface, but they better keep innovating and adding the features people want as there’s an army of DIY-ers and cable companies ready to knock TiVo off their perch if they misstep or ignore the features consumers want.