Archive | December, 2004

Extreme Tech: Build Your Own Windows Media Center PC

Posted on 16 December 2004 by

Those harbingers of hardware hacking over at ExtremeTech have writen a How To Article for building your own WIndows Media Center 2005 PC.

Their bottom line was $2203, but they made it HDTV capable, and used a pricey HTPC case. The most confusing aspect for me is that they used the much maligned (by them!) ATI HDTV Wonder. Apparently, WMCE 2005 does not support the analog NTSC portion of the HDTV Wonder, so they added the eVGA nVTV Hardware encoder card (I’d not heard of that card either.)

Check it out.

PCAlchemy Giveaway SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case

PCAlchemy Giveaway SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case

Posted on 14 December 2004 by

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED/COMPLETED!

Reminder: Don’t forget to enter our latest giveaway sponsored by PCAlchemy where the lucky winner will receive a SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case

Go to the official PCAlchemy SilverStone Lascala LC11 giveaway post for more details and entry information.

So don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already, and then stay tuned to see if you are the lucky winner. Fear not if you aren’t the lucky winner, as there’s more goodies and surprises coming soon!

TVHarmony: BeyondTV Link Review, XPlite Review

Posted on 14 December 2004 by

TVHarmony has posted their evaluation of Beyond TV Link to follow up their SnapStream Beyond TV 3.5 review

You didn’t think I’d forget to mention our Beyond TV 3.5 review did you?

UPDATE: They are pretty busy over there with a Review of XPLite and a Booting windows off of compact flash card HowTo

I’ve use the prior incarnation of XPlite (98lite) and loved it. It’s a great tool (along with blackviper XP service tweak guide) for minimizing the bulk of unneeded gunk & bloatware in XP. Although too much pruning can be detrimental to system stability, a lean and mean install can be much more stable and get more mileage out of meager PCs. YMMV =)

Cable companies will expire your Six Feet Under DVR recordings

Posted on 12 December 2004 by

BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow which highlights to me why the homebrew PVR approach is important even if your cable company offers a DVR for only 5 bucks a month… Cable companies will expire your Six Feet Under recordings after 2-4 weeks

Other related articles:
Is ‘Transitional Fair Use’ The Wave Of The Future? CopyFight: All your fair use are belong to us

“Time-Warner is arm-twisting cable companies into agreeing to a scheme to automagically erase your saved episodes of Six Feet Under from your cable-company-provided PVR after a month or so. This is the danger of sucking up to the studios in the first place: they say, “Suuuure, we’ll ‘let’ you build a PVR that will tape the shows you cablecast to your customers, but that permission is contingent on our ongoing goodwill. So if in the future we decide, for example, that your PVR can’t record certain shows, or can’t skip certain commercials, or can’t store certain recordings for more than a few days, you’d better implement it. Or else. So what if your customers can’t figure out why their PVRs don’t work properly? That’s your problem, pal.”

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Sunday Pile Up: Giveaway, News, Journal Roundup

Sunday Pile Up: Giveaway, News, Journal Roundup

Posted on 12 December 2004 by

Reminder: Don’t forget to enter our latest giveaway sponsored by PCAlchemy where the lucky winner will receive a SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case

Go to the official PCAlchemy SilverStone Lascala LC11 giveaway post for more details and entry information.

Lots of cool entries in the byopvr user journal section lately: Brett4u6: building my first PVR/PC and Building my first PVR Part 2bubs is releasing the hounds on his sweet baboo… and aspi is trying analog cable with a pvr250 in the UK instead of the DVB-T | Steve525 is happy now with his pvr350

Speaking of excellent journal posts: Maiku’s Setting up MythTV under Mandrake 10.1 Guide has been well received with over 1000 views (aggregate) in about a week, with several other sites taking notice. Maiku made a few updates to the document regarding lirc and Mandrake 10.1 Official

I neglected to post a bunch of TiVo related news (straw poll: use comments–>do the trials, tribulations, and announcements of TiVo interest you, the DIY DVR enthusiast?) including TiVo2Go seemingly getting closer to launch, 3rd party Home Media Option replacement JavaHMO 2.0 released, and Forbes expose/outlook on TiVo. TVHarmony and PVRblog is where I tune for the latest on tivo and DVR news (actually I just look at the news feeds on lower left part of byopvr) =)

SageTV 2.2.2 Beta available

Posted on 12 December 2004 by

SageTV 2.2.2 Beta available Sounds like SageTV continues to evolve and refine. I might try updating my pvr350 drivers tonight and load this beta and see what’s doing.

SageTV 2.2.2 Release notes:

1. Performance enhancements
2. Fixed issues with IR receivers not working after coming out of standby
3. Added ‘transparency’ when using the 2D renderer with Overlay.
4. Fixed PVR-350 OSD not working after standby
5. Fixed bug where having too much negative favorite padding would cause the recorded file to be deleted immediately.
6. Fixed a few library importing bugs
7. Files imported into the library that are named like a SageTV recorded video and still have their EPG data in the database will have their metadata recovered and displayed in the UI.
8. Fixed bug where re-imported files were deleted immediately if they had old EPG data

found via HTPCnews

Meedio 1.15.27, Meedio TV pre-release 3 now available

Posted on 11 December 2004 by

Meedio 1.15.27, Meedio TV pre-release 3 now available

Meedio Essentials and Meedio TV PR3 Release Notes

Meedio TV pre-release 3 Notes

*The core of the hardware API has changed greatly in this release. While this brings some welcome additions, it also introduces new issues (see the list below).

We now support a much broader range of video capture cards. In theory, we should be able to support any capture card with WDM drivers. This includes hardware encoding cards as well as non-hardware encoding cards. Please note that there can be distinct driver issues with each card as well as incompatibility problems with existing DirectShow filters installed on your machine.

*The TV Tuner plug-in has a new configuration dialog that makes it easier to configure the capture device.

*Meedio TV Lineup manager now allows you to change channel numbers and names. This may be necessary if you are using XMLTV.

*When you make changes to channel names or numbers, they are not over-written by a listings update. They are, however, lost if you delete your lineup.

*The TV Search module has been updated to allow you to specify categories when searching.

*This release includes prioritized “season tickets”. They allow you to easily record multiple episodes of TV programs. You can create a new season ticket by clicking on “season ticket” in the program details screen for any program.

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Giveaway: PCAlchemy SilverStone Lascala LC11 HTPC Case

Giveaway: PCAlchemy SilverStone Lascala LC11 HTPC Case

Posted on 09 December 2004 by

Giveaway is now closed! No more entries will be accepted! Winner to be drawn/announced shortly

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 a SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case It’s very slick looking with entertainment center-esque sex appeal and it accepts micro ATX sized motherboards with a mounting system that will turn some heads (hint!). You are probably already aware how much HTPC friendly cases costs, and we are thankful to PCAlchemy for providing the very cool (in both senses of the word) Lascala LC11.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Go to the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC11 HTPC Case page on PCAlchemy’s site.

2. Read the product summary and detailed specifications to find the answer to the following question: “What is unique about the mounting of the motherboard in the SilverStone Lascala LC11 HTPC case?”

3. Send a private message to byopvr user giveaway. Include the answer to the question posed in step 2, a valid email and postal address (used for contacting the winner only).

The giveaway is open to registered users in the continental US ONLY, please only ONE submission per giveaway per person. The giveaway ends December 23rd, 2004 12:00 (noon) Eastern time. The winner will be determined by random drawing on that day.

Thanks again to PCAlchemy.com for sponsoring the giveaway!

PVRBlog SnapStream BeyondTV Review

Posted on 07 December 2004 by

PVRBlog has posted their review of BeyondTV Matt enlisted the help of author Paul Bausch to do the review.

It certainly beginning to feel a little like review week here at byopvr =) With our own BeyondTV 3.5 review and Plextor ConvertX PVR USB review

Plextor ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402 Review

Plextor ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402 Review

Posted on 07 December 2004 by


2n’s long awaited Review of the Plextor ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402 is freshly posted into the BYOPVR Review Section

The Plextor ConvertX PVR is the first DivX certified PVR encoder on the market. What this amounts to is that you can put MORE hours of shows on a given hard disk size with nearly comprable quality than you could get with a MPEG-2 recording. Read the review to determine if the ConvertX is really a cool enough device to deserve a name with a capital “X” in the middle of it?