Archive | February, 2005

ChrisTV PVR Software Update

Posted on 28 February 2005 by

notbob was kind enough to let me know that there’s a new version of ChrisTV PVR software

4.20 highlights include:
“Support for Hauppauge PVR 150/250/350/500, ATI EHome Wonder and Leadtek Winfast PVR 2000 has been improved. Channel Automatic Scan module has been improved and optimized. Improved Scheduler module : scheduled tasks will wake up your PC from Hibernation/Standby Mode. Optimized the TVgenial support in ChrisTV. “

Seems like a pretty feature rich offering, but I wish it looked a little less like a windows XP application and more like tivo UI. Anybody up for downloading a trial and reporting back to the community?

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Plextor ConvertX PVR Review

Posted on 28 February 2005 by

notbob sent me a link to this EverythingUSB review of the Plextor ConvertX PVR PX-TV402U

Compare and contrast with our review of the Plextor ConvertX PVR

SageTV, PVR500 MCE, StreamZap Remote Giveaway Winner

Posted on 25 February 2005 by

Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected to receive the giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated (our most active giveaway yet!) and of course very special thanks to SageTV for sponsoring the giveaway!

Lucky byopvr’er bchase6933 will receive a SageTV bundle with practically everything you need (besides the PC, etc) to build a dual tuner SageTV PVR. The bundle consists of a copy of the excellent PVR software SageTV 2.x, a dual tuner Hauppauge WinTV PVR 500MCE, and StreamZap remote control courtesy of SageTV

Thanks again to SageTV for sponsoring the giveaway!



FCC Broadcast Flag Court Battle

Posted on 23 February 2005 by

Oral arguments in the case against the FCC Broadcast Flag were heard earlier this week, and in surprisingly rapid fashion a ruling has been handed down.

The US broadcast regulator has been told by appeal judges it has “crossed the line” with an anti-piracy tag which stops programmes being copied.

cnet coverage: Court questions FCC’s broadcast flag rules and slashdot commentary for good measure.

Note: this finding, while vindicating… doesn’t actually overturn the FCC mandate, as I understand it, but i’m not a lawyer… It just finds that the FCC over stepped it’s mandate, and it seems that the FCC’s stance is if they don’t currently have the mandate, they’ll easily get it from congress. =(

Still a lot to shake out, but it is an encouraging sign. I definitely recommend checking out and if you are so inclined donating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and scoping out their Digital Television Liberation Front Anti-Broadcast Flag page and their DIY HDTV PVR cookbook

Although I side with the slippery slope folks and think the broadcast flag tramples on fair use rights, engadget attempts to Demystifying the Broadcast Flag with a much less reactionary look at the broadcast flag.

TVHarmony post with some more coverage of the broadcast flag case

Giveaway: SageTV, WinTV 500MCE, StreamZap Remote Bundle

Posted on 22 February 2005 by Peter Backx

This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!

The fine folks at SageTV have stepped up to sponsor a very cool giveaway for BYOPVR users. This time the lucky winner will receive a SageTV bundle with practically everything you need (besides the PC, etc) to build a dual tuner SageTV PVR. The bundle consists of a copy of the excellent PVR software SageTV 2.x, a dual tuner Hauppauge WinTV PVR 500MCE, and StreamZap remote control.

To enter the giveaway:
This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!
1. Go to the SageTV Feature List page on SageTV’s site.

2. Read the SageTV features page and find the Leo Laporte quote from January.

3. Send a private message to byopvr user giveaway. Include the text of Leo’s quote that you found in step 2, a valid email and US 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 February 25th, 2005 8:00 AM Eastern time. The winner will be determined by random drawing on that day.

Thanks again to SageTV for sponsoring the giveaway!



This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!

Doing some Server Maintenance

Posted on 19 February 2005 by

FYI: updating some behind the scenes stuff on the server may have brief intermittent outages. Please bare with me =)

Thanks!

UPDATE: I should be done, for now =)

Rampy

Broadcast Flag Court Arguments To Begin

Posted on 19 February 2005 by

Broadcast Flag Arguments Next Week

“The oral arguments on the broadcast flag case in the U.S. Court of Appeals Court will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Public Knowledge and other organizations challenged the authority of the FCC to institute the broadcast flag rule, which requires consumer electronics and other devices such as TiVos, iPods, digital VCRs and cell phones to be able to block copying of over-the-air digital TV content at the wishes of content owners. Organizations including the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and several libraries said the FCC exceeded its authority to institute the broadcast flag rule. (Radio World)”

via Boing Boing and copyfight

Fair Use of Comics? Not for Media Center Plugin Author

Posted on 15 February 2005 by

United Media: reading our RSS feed violates our copyright

Comics for Media Center” is a plugin for Microsoft’s Media Center PC that pulls the RSS feed of United Syndicate’s comics (Dilbert, etc) and displays them in the version of Internet Explorer that comes with a Media Center PC. In a moment of mindboggling, unreasonable blinkered pig-ignorance, United Syndicate has decided that this somehow constitutes an infringement of its copyright — that’s right, reading their RSS feed, using Internet Explorer, violates their copyright. They’ve nastygrammed the creator of Comics for Media Center and he’s shut his project down.

via the venerable BoingBoing

KnoppMyth RC5 Released Today at SoCal Linux Expo

Posted on 12 February 2005 by

Cecil, lead developer on KnoppMyth, will release version RC5 his livecd linux PVR at SCALE 3x on Sat Feb 12th. Cecil indicates that he will have CDs available as giveaways at their booth. New features in this release will include: Knoppix terminal server: For diskless frontends and over the network installs! CyberMediaGate: Serves up MythTV’s recorded shows to uPnP clients! and pcHDTV support out of the box! For more info see the knoppmyth forums or join them at SCALE 3x Use the promo code “FREE” and register on the website for a free exhibit hall pass or use the code “NEWSP” for a hefty discount. See you there.

SageTV Giveaway! SageTV, PVR500, & StreamZap Remote

Posted on 11 February 2005 by

This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!

The fine folks at SageTV have stepped up to sponsor a very cool giveaway for BYOPVR users. This time the lucky winner will receive a SageTV bundle with practically everything you need (besides the PC, etc) to build a dual tuner SageTV DVR. The bundle consists of a copy of the excellent DVR software SageTV 2.x, a dual tuner Hauppauge WinTV PVR 500MCE, and StreamZap remote control.

To enter the giveaway:
This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!

1. Go to the SageTV Feature List page on SageTV’s site.

2. Read the SageTV features page and find the Leo Laporte quote from January.

3. Send a private message to byopvr user giveaway. Include the text of Leo’s quote that you found in step 2, a valid email and US 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 February 25th, 2005 8:00 AM Eastern time. The winner will be determined by random drawing on that day.

Thanks again to SageTV for sponsoring the giveaway!



This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to bchase6933 for being randomly selected!