Archive | May, 2005

Piracy is Good? How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV

Posted on 15 May 2005 by

via Slashdot: How Battlestar Galactica Killed TV

“Following up on the MPAA going after torrent sites, you may be interested in Mindjack’s latest feature – Piracy is Good? How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV by Mark Pesce. It includes a post-script written in reponse to the recent Torrent site shutdowns.” From the article: “While you might assume the SciFi Channel saw a significant drop-off in viewership as a result of this piracy, it appears to have had the
reverse effect: the series is so good that the few tens of thousands of people who watched downloaded versions told their friends to tune in on January 14th, and see for themselves. From its premiere, Battlestar Galactica has been the most popular program ever to air on the SciFi Channel, and its audiences have only grown throughout the first series. Piracy made it possible for ‘word-of-mouth’ to spread about Battlestar Galactica.”

ExtremeTech: Build Your Own LINUX HTPC

Posted on 13 May 2005 by

ExtremeTech posted a howto Build Your Own Linux Home Theater PC in their on going series of “Microsoft-Free Home” articles.

Seems like they had a rough go of it…

“Given the repeated difficulty we’ve had trying to build a Linux-based HTPC, we’ve reached the conclusion that a Linux-based HTPC can be a fun project, but don’t enter into this endeavor some morning thinking you’ll have a glitch-free HTPC by day’s end. You’re likely in for is a lot of tweaking, twiddling, some frustration, a few choice expletives, and if you’re persistent enough, a working HTPC”

via Slashdot: Build Your Own Linux HTPC article

The Return of the Son Of The Broadcast Flag

Posted on 13 May 2005 by

Well it looks like engadget (and anyone with a little political savvy) was right:

Broadcasters and movie studios look to Congress to save the broadcast flag

So we’re totally not surprised to see that the MPAA has moved quickly to draft up some legislation to shop around to Congress to help them implement the Broadcast Flag that was struck down last week by a U.S. Court of Appeals.

Advocacy group Public Knowledge has gotten hold of a copy of the legislation, which specifies that the FCC should have “authority to adopt regulations governing digital television apparatus necessary to control the indiscriminate redistribution of digital television broadcast content over digital networks.” The DC Circuit court’s decision said that the FCC does not currently possess that authority, and the Congressional bill seeks to establish this ridiculously broad and sweeping power to the FCC

CNET news dot com dot com article and slashdot broadcast flag redux article

The MPAA sure has been busy this week (going after TV bittorent download sites as well)

The Future of PVR is in Your Bandwidth (Bittorrent + RSS)

Posted on 12 May 2005 by

The Future of PVR is in Your Bandwidth (Bittorrent + RSS)

BitTorrent + RSS = The Next Big Thing:
Last weekend, Family Guy returned to network television. As a fan of the show, I Tivoed it and watched it that evening. A friend, whose single-tuner Tivo-a-like was occupied by Desperate Housewives, missed it. When he came to me with this sob story, I simply replied “Just download it.” “Huh?” he says, “You mean on the Internets? Where?” Keep in mind, this friend is by no means a Luddite. He’s a regular Nintendo-playing, slashdot-reading, blackberry-having, caffeine-addicted geek, yet he was not familiar with or BitTorrent. I won’t dwell too much on my disappointment in him over this, but I will remind you that BitTorrent accounts for one-third of all data transmitted on the Internet, so if you’re not down with BT, start paying attention.

previous byopvr news items on bittorrent and RSS Must Download TV! and RSS and bittorrent torrentocracy

EDIT–>as akos points out Legally there might not be a future in this *sigh*

Mad Mac mini multimedia machine, Part 1:

Posted on 11 May 2005 by

Lewin A.R.W. Edwards posted a neat howto on the IBM developerworks blog Mad Mac mini multimedia machine, Part 1: Load Yellow Dog Linux on the Mac mini.

I’m dying to see part 2 and get more information as to what type of additional hardware he’ll use i.e. plextor convertX PVR or will he stream content / programming from across his network? Stay tuned I guess…

FCC Broadcast Flag Outlawed / Denied

Posted on 06 May 2005 by

A court of appeals has ruled the broadcast flag illegal.

via Slashdot article –> “CNet is reporting that the courts have struck down the FCC’s broadcast flag requirement!
‘In a stunning victory for hardware makers and television buffs, a
federal appeals court has tossed out government rules that would have
outlawed many digital TV receivers and tuner cards starting July 1.'” The EFF has details on the flag, the official ruling (PDF) is online for examination, and commentary is available from BoingBoing and Ars Technica.”

Also Engadget Coverage | PVR Blog’s take | EFF page on the ruling “waving flags of victory”

ejk->This is fantastic news for all HD users, but for home-built PVR users in particular. Thank goodness for common sense!

Coming Soon: Diamond MultiMedia Xtreme TV PVR550 Review

Coming Soon: Diamond MultiMedia Xtreme TV PVR550 Review

Posted on 05 May 2005 by

Just a quick heads up. I’ve been working on a review of the Diamond Multimedia Xtreme TV PVR500 PCI Power Pack (how’s that for alliteration?!)

It’s meant to be a shake and bake PVR kit in a box with a Conexant chipset based hardware MPEG encoding tuner card, BeyondTV Subscriber Edition, Beyond Media (full), FireFly remote control, and most of the possible cable combinations you’d need to set up your DIY PVR. A pretty darn good package for $130 bucks, but you’ll need to wait for the official review to know if it’s worth it =)

The review/evaluation is still incubating, but thought you’d want to know what I’ve been up to lately =)

In the meantime you can check out our previous review of BeyondTV 3.5, HTPCnews review of Beyond Media, and FireFly remote

UPDATE Review of Diamond Multimedia Xtreme PVR 550 has been posted!

Final BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard Selected!

Final BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard Selected!

Posted on 02 May 2005 by

The winner of the 3rd and final giveaway of a BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard courtesty of PCAlchemy has been drawn. Congratulations to BYOPVR forum member BZnotins

See the full BTC Wireless keyboard giveaway announcement thread or the btc rf wireless keyboard review page

Thanks again to for sponsoring the giveaway!

MediaMVP / PVR 150 Giveaway Concluded!

Posted on 01 May 2005 by

The Karma King PVR150/MediaMVP giveaway is now closed!

Congratulations to RedR :beer:

He accumulated 58 Karma points over the month of April and is our Karma King PVR 150 / MediaMVP giveaway.

Coming in second, is smokeyalien with 45 (unfortunatley there’s no 2nd place prize, sorry SA 🙁 )

Good job guys !!

Thanks to everyone who participated! Keep posting and helping each other out and awarding Karma to good posts (and meh’s for troll posts) because you don’t know when the Karma will come back into play for a new giveaway.

RedR drop me a PM or reply here with your choice of PVR150/mediaMVP

REMINDER today (May 1st 2005) is your last day to enter our other contest. The PCalchemy sponsored BTC Wireless Keyboard giveaway!