Archive | April, 2005

Meedio Celebrates 200 Media Center Plugins With Sale ($20!)

Posted on 14 April 2005 by

Meedio Celebrates 200 Media Center Plugins With Massive Price Promotion

Meedio HTPC software celebrates its open development platform with the 200th submission to the Meedio Add-In Directory (MAID). From now until April 30, consumers can purchase Meedio Essentials for only $20.00, a significant discount off its normal price of $59.95.

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Head to Head Review of MCE Tuner Cards & ATI Theater 550

Posted on 13 April 2005 by

A couple of good news worthy posts over in the new forums:

AnandTech has posted a MCE TV Tuner Roundup: Featuring ATI’s Theater 550 & NVIDIA’s NVTV

They pit the following cards against one and another…

* ATI’s eHome Wonder
* ATI’s TV Wonder Elite
* AverMedia M150
* eMuzed Maui-II PCI PVR
* Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250
* NVIDIA’s dual tuner NVTV

In related news HTPCnews posted a review of the PowerColor ATI Theater 550 Pro where they compare it directly to a PVR150MCE low profile.

Thanks to Bznotins and [email protected]#inMaster for the posts…

UPDATE Just saw on slashdot ANOTHER MPEG2 hardware encoding tuner review/comparison this time by

BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard Review

BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard Review

Posted on 12 April 2005 by

Hot off the presses is the byopvr review of the BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard

Official BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard page

PCAlchemy has the BTC 9019URF at $49.95 (FWIW)

“The BTC RF Wireless Keyboard is marketed as a gaming wireless keyboard, but when push comes to shove it is better suited as an extension of your HTPC than fragging zombies? Is this “gaming” wireless keyboard a hidden gem for the budget minded HTPC & homebrew PVR enthusiast or do you need to pony up for something like a Gyration keyboard for quality couch computing?” Read On to find out!

you can also comment on the BTC 9019URF keyboard in the forum.

D-Link DSM-320RD MediaLounge – Media Adapter

Posted on 12 April 2005 by

D-Link DSM-320RD MediaLounge – Media Adapter/DVD Player/5-in-1 Card Reader

Now all we need is for some of those “serious hackers” to get together and port this over to their PVR programs a la MediaMVP style.

see the official D-link DSM 320RD Media Lounge page

(read more to see more of smokeyalien’s take on this potentially pretty cool new piece of kit) :p
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PCAlchemy Sponsored Giveaway: BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard

PCAlchemy Sponsored Giveaway: BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard

Posted on 12 April 2005 by

Thanks to PCAlchemy we will be giving away one BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard away each week for the last 3 weeks of April:

The second giveaway ends 5/1/2005. This giveaway is open to registered forum users with a shipping address in the continental US. You can only win one keyboard, and previous byopvr prize winners are not eligible.

1. Visit the PCAlchemy BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard product page.

2. Find the answer to the following question:

“How much is the BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard currently being sold for at PCAlchemy?”

3. Send a private forum message to user “giveaway” with the answer to the question posed in Step 2.

Wait anxiously until the winner is randomly drawn and announced on 5/2

Good luck!

See the full BTC Wireless keyboard giveaway announcement or to leave comments.

Thanks again to for sponsoring the giveaway!

Upcoming Review: BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard

Posted on 11 April 2005 by

Percolating at byopvr HQ (besides 1040, schedule C’s and w4s — reminder April 15th is coming up fast!) is a review of the BTC RF Wireless USB Keyboard 9019URF

Tom’s hardware seemed to like the BTC 9019URF for a media center application

PCAlchemy recently added the BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard to their keyboard and mouse section (currently priced at $49.95).

Anyways look out for my take on the BTC early this week.

Game Library v1.0 Released for Beyond Media

Game Library v1.0 Released for Beyond Media

Posted on 10 April 2005 by

Game Library v1.0 Released for Beyond Media

The ultimate gamers accessory, available only with Beyond Media. Browse and play your ROMS, Arcade Games, and PC Games within a 10ft setup. With minimum configuration the plugin automatically parses multiple sites to gather the required box art, screenshots, and information about the game based off the filename! Flexibile XML support allows advance users to define custom systems, or take advantage of the 25+ predefined systems within the plugin itself. Advance filtering lets you search your games quick and efficently by keywords, genres, publisher, or year released.

read more for a screenie

Probably a good time to mention this special going on over at snapstream as well =)
**Current Special – Save $20 on purchases of $100 or more in the SnapStream Online Store.

Use coupon code: APRIL20off100

Offer expires April 11, 2005.

Not valid with other specials or offers.
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VIA Releases Source to CN400 & CLE266 Unichrome Drivers

Posted on 10 April 2005 by

I was visiting EPIAcenter to see how they were doing post slashdotting and noticed a post about VIA releasing source code of some of their video chipsets including CN400 & CLE266 unichrome integrated video chipsets. (The CLE266 and CN400 have MPEG accelerated decoding and are commonly used in the )

The “official” announcement is over at VIA Director of Marketing Richard Brown’s Blog which ironically uses the open source CMS Mambo.

I couldn’t find any information as to what license the source is being release under on the download site or within the source packages themselves.

New Giveaway: PVR150 or MediaMVP to “best” poster

Posted on 08 April 2005 by

Thought it was time for another giveaway 😛

It’s open to registered forum users only with shipping addresses in the continental USA (sorry, at some point we’ll have a giveaway open to international users!)

The “contest” is running through the month of April 2005. (ends April 30th midnight Eastern).

Basically, the user who gets the most forum Karma on the board between the start of April till the end of April will get their choice of a Hauppauge MediaMVP or a hauppauge wintv PVR150 retail courtesy of BYOPVR.

So how do you get Karma? You post thoughtful/helpful/interesting posts and replies to questions in the forum and other users can click on the “good post” link next to your avatar to give you a karma point or “meh” for a bad post docking you a point for a flame post or jerky reply.

I’ve setup a FAQ page that i’m hoping you’ll help with and a chance to earn Karma points from me ;D

In the event of a tie the byopvr moderators will be the tie breakers using advanced selection criteria.

Any shennanigans or fraudulent posting/karma boosting will make you inelligible and probably banned from the forums/site. I’m trying to reward the solid contributors to the site, not have a bunch of spammy posts and fake user accounts. No collusion of Karma is allowed either! Play nice, play fair, have fun!

more info on the giveaway forum post

Freevo Project Lead Interviewed

Posted on 08 April 2005 by

The Project of the Week is Freevo

Freevo is an open-source home theatre PC platform based on Linux and a number of open-source audio/video tools. MPlayer and/or Xine can be used to play audio and video files in most popular formats. Freevo can be used both for a standalone PVR computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer using the monitor and keyboard.

previous interview with Freevo developers and slashdot coverage of the Freevo developers interview: Also see official Freevo project page