Archive | November, 2004

Beyond Media Released; BeyondTV 3.51 Update

Posted on 30 November 2004 by

Beyond Media is launched!

The 3.51 release of BeyondTV was also released with updates that help it integrate seemlessly with BeyondMedia and more support for PVR150 including the IR blaster and newer hauppauge remote.

Here’s what’s new:
* New Trial Period
* Better Beyond Media Integration
* Support for the Hauppauge PVR150
* Support for the Hauppauge PVR150 IR Blaster
* Support for the Hauppauge PVR150 Remote Control
* Support for the ADS Remote Control and IR Blaster
* Disconnected Mapped drives at startup don’t get removed from Library
* Max # of shows works with Showsqueezed shows
* Added MCE remote to setup wizard
* Showsqueezing items to mapped drives will correctly read META data
* Setup Wizard now pauses long between channel changes during IR Blaster test
* Guide Updater optimizations (No more failed updates)
* Command line parameters are now case insensitive
* command line parameters will now wake BTV up from screen saver state
* Added first version of OEM support.
* Added support for WebUI source
* Fixed the bug between link and server that was causing a random hiccup in remote playback.

Jarod’s MythTV HOWTO — now updated for Fedora Core 3

Posted on 30 November 2004 by

Jarod Wilson has updated his popular Fedora Core MythTV HOWTO article to cover the new Fedora Core 3 release.

Jarod warns that he’s “not sure the ride is entirely smooth just yet“, but there doesn’t seem to be any complaints at the mythtv users mailing list. If the latest release isn’t your thing, the Fedora Core 1 MythTV and Fedora Core 2 MythTV HOWTOs are still available.

Maiku’s Blog: BeyondTV 3.5

Posted on 29 November 2004 by

Maiku has posted another entry in his byopvr user journal/blog

This time he’s talking about his experience with BeyondTV 3.5 Previous Maiku posts include: Windows MCE 2005 edition and Free windows PVR software: GBPVR and GOTTV

Other user journals of note: Lowbrow is growing to really like the enhancements in SageTV 2.1 (as compared to SaveTV 2.0) after having some issues with the one of the Sage 2.1 beta/release canidates.

ejk keeps throwing more hardware into his PVR but windows xp/video card driver isn’t cooperating.

… wondering how steve525 is fairing since deciding to upgrade his very meager celeron 466 pvr 350 setup… and it seems the upgrade went well…

Update Brian “bub” contributed a user submitted review of a “budget” Adesso Wireless IR Keyboard

New GBPVR Version .23 Released!

Posted on 27 November 2004 by

Sub has updated and uploaded the latest revision to his excellent andfree GBPVR He’s posted all the details as to what’s new and improved in GBPVR .23 (direct GBPVR .23 link from the gbpvr server)

“This is a big release with a lot of changes, and includes any of the big ticket items that I’ve been putting off for months. The release has had quite a bit of testing, but given the amount of change – if you’re after a super stable system, this may not be the release for you.

From the change.log
2004-11-28 v0.23
Added support for the new Hauppauge cards, specifically the PVR150 and PVR500 (dual tuner).
LiveTV support has been entirely redeveloped. You can now FF/Skip during LiveTV for PC/XCard/PVR350/MVP. In theory your can also RW, but this seems to only works sometimes – work in progress and all that…
– You can now press the “record” button on your remote whilst watching a program to record it. This records everything that GB-PVR has on the program, including the bits you’ve already watched. Please note, when you start a recording this way, it’ll also stop when you leave live tv.
– You can now play a recording that is already in progress with out being kicked back to the menu half way through.
– Added SECAM support for GO7007SB based capture devices.
– Initial support for the LifeView TV Walker mini. This no longer required WinDVD Creator to be installed. One of the steps (IAMCrossbar->Route()) when starting live tv is very slow on this device, which makes it very slow to start livetv for the first time.
– Now includes support for MPEG2 variable bit rate (VBR) recordings.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on 24 November 2004 by

Happy Thanksgiving (for those of you in the US). First we stuff the turkey then we get to stuff ourselves =) Travel safe if you are traveling. I’ll be back on late Thursday or Friday, so news will be slow, but the byopvr forums are always open =)

Quick ‘ello to hackaday folks visiting the site today via the build your own pvr entry over there… =)

$50 Video Card: XGI Volari V3XT Review

Posted on 24 November 2004 by

I’ve often seen users request a dirt cheap video card with great TV-Out for a PVR PC. Sudhian Media has a review of the XGI Volari V3XT.. This thing is $50 and they claim the S-Video Out and HDTV Out support is very good.

It’s not intended as a 3D gaming card, but rather targeted at the HTPC market. It’s a small AGP slot card, so perhaps it’s perfect for those small form facter motherboards and cases.

Beyond Media, New Developer Network, PVR150, oh my!

Posted on 24 November 2004 by

Beyond Media final update post in the snapstream forum. From the post:

Beyond Media final update
This will be my final update on the first release of Beyond Media. We’ve set the official launch date for Wednesday, December 1, 2004. At that time we’ll begin taking and shipping orders for Beyond Media on our website.

Beyond Media will be available as a 21-day trial and will be priced and sold at $49.99 (the CD-ROM version or the download version). Previously, I had posted a feature list for Beyond Media and I talked about skins and plug-ins for Beyond Media. Overall, here’s what sets Beyond Media apart:

* Easy to install and easy to use:
* Awesome design: Everything from the user interface (built using Direct3D) to how you create music playlists is designed to impress anyone and everyone that use your HTPC.
* Complete solution: Your HTPC won’t be a patchwork of plugins and add-ons because Beyond Media includes everything you need, including a Dolby 5.1 channel DVD player.
* Powerful and flexible: With 3rd party plugins and skins for Beyond Media, available through the SSDN, you’ll be able to make your HTPC do some really cool things.
* Works great with Beyond TV
* Developer friendly: A rich skinning engine and powerful plug-in architecture means two things: If you are a developer, you’ll be able to quickly build the next killer app for your television. And if you are a user, you’ll always have new plug-ins and skins to play with.

Alongside the Beyond Media launch, there will be a number of other new things at

* SnapStream Developer’s Network: The SSDN will launch with Beyond Media and will be the central resource for developing and downloading plug-ins and skins for Beyond TV and Beyond Media. There will be a number of plug-ins and skins available for download at launch for both products.
* Beyond TV Update: An update to Beyond TV 3.5 will deliver better integration with Beyond Media and some other bug fixes and improvements (including support for the PVR-150 and its IR blaster)
* New store bundles: There will be at least two new bundles in the store — an all-in-one bundle with the PVR-150 (great for both analog and digital users) and a bundle of Beyond Media with Firefly.”

VBox DTA-151 ATSC HDTV Tuner Review

Posted on 23 November 2004 by

HTPCnews has posted a favorable review of the VBox DTA-151 ATSC HDTV Tuner. From my reading of the article, there is no hardware encoding (rampy note: with DTV broadcast there’s no need for a hardware encoder just stream the digital bits right to the hard disk) , so it’s all software via Windows Media Center Edition 2005 for PVR functionality. I found it priced around $350.

Here’s the bottom line:

Easy to setup
Good Image Quality

A little vanilla (hopefully the price stays low with this then it’s ok to be vanilla)

official Vbox Digital TV site

Farewell to a friend

Posted on 23 November 2004 by

DVD may have killed his old friend and mentor, the VHS, but…

Come on you know the song! “PVR killed the VHS star!

The article doesn’t give any credit to PVRs, but I think we all know this technology was an acessory to the “crime”, at the very least.

Video recorders have taken a step closer to extinction after Britain’s largest electrical supplier said it would stop selling VCRs to concentrate on their successor, the DVD.

At least we no longer have to be kind and rewind.

PC World: Do it Yourself DVR

Posted on 22 November 2004 by

PC World has another how to article on building a DIY DVR using a PC, BeyondTV, and FireFly remote control.

Not the most indepth article in the world but glad to see more and more mainstream press coverage of the build your own DVR phenomenon. Be on the lookout for more mainstream press coverage of homebrew PVRs in the near future *wink*