Archive | June, 2005

New Silverstone HTPC Case Sneak Peak

Posted on 30 June 2005 by

Saw this little link over at HTPCNews. It looks like Silverstone has found the answer with the LC18 to UNeed’s X15e. All I can say is dayamn! From the sneak peak:

The first enclosure that I noticed was the LC18. This case has a built-in seven inch LCD on the bezel. The newest addition to the Lascala series of enclosures the LC18 has a full aluminum bezel and chassis and fits either an ATX or micro ATX motherboard. It has six internal 3.5″ bays and can fit seven expansion slots.

I’m going to start saving my money up now.

MediaReady 5000 Linux Powered Digital Media Center STB

Posted on 29 June 2005 by

Video Without Boundaries is making a linux Media Center/DVR STB with all the trimmings called the MediaReady 5000 Advanced Digital Media Center ( PDF spec sheet)

The MediaREADY™ 5000 combines a suite of popular TV-centric applications for digital media management and communication with an advanced electronic program guide and the ability to record broadcast media on either the unit’s internal hard drive or DVD recorder.

The MediaREADY™ 5000 lets users customize viewing by recording shows on a built-in computer hard drive or DVD recorder. Users can access digital media files on the unit’s internal drive, any PC or on the same in-home network, connected peripheral devices. In addition, the unit brings On-demand content, E-mail, Internet browser, Games, and MP3/CD/DVD/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 playback to any connected television.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting SageTV 3.0’s prebuilt linux systems, but if the MediaReady 5000 is available soon…. I’m gonna have to increase the byopvr review budget by a LOT! 🙂

hat tip to the up and coming PVR blog PVR Spot & eHomeUpgrade

Media Portal How-to and Pre-Release

Posted on 29 June 2005 by

I was doing my rounds of all the open source/free pvr software and found that Media Portal will be posting a pre-release version of their upcoming 0.1.3.0 update. Also on their page they have posted a howto on writing your own plugins for Media Portal. If youre interested in writing something for it, and you’re on the Windows platform, go check it out.

O’Reilly: Building My MythTV Box, Part 1: Hardware

Posted on 28 June 2005 by

There’s an excellent write up on building a MythTV box over at the O’Reilly Digital Media site:

“While the Broadcast Flag battle continues, it’s still legal to put together your own home-theater PC. Matthew Gast has begun constructing his system and covers hardware in this first installment of the series:” Building My MythTV Box, Part 1: Hardware

Also of related interest is this Interview with Jack Kelliher of pcHDTV (HD-3000)

The O’Reilly article (and this site) is now being Slashdotted *waves* What a way to christen the new server, eh?

P2P “Piracy” Breathes New Life In To Rejected TV Pilot

Posted on 28 June 2005 by

I’m sure that all of you have heard of the recent MGM v. Grokster decision which in effect put P2P on trial before the United State’s highest court.

In the midst of all this litigation, it seems that P2P has done some good. Slashdot is reporting that bit-torrent P2P has boosted viewer interest in a new Sci-Fi show that was leaked to the ‘Net shortly after the pilot was turned down by the WB. It now appears that the show, Frequency, may now have second life and is under review to perhaps be picked up afterall, thanks to the strong interest/support shown on the “illegally” P2P distributed pilot. See the Wired article: Rejected TV Pilot Thrives on P2P

This type of thing has happened before with the Sci-Fi Channel hit show Battlestar Galactica owing some of its success to P2P “piracy”

P2P is not all bad, see? It’s a new opportunity for distribution and reaching new/more audiences… not an adversary to try and stomp out.

Supreme Court Rules “Against” Grokster P2P

Posted on 27 June 2005 by

The SCOTUS Hat Trick of bad decisions is now completeHollywood wins Internet piracy battle: The U.S. Supreme Court rules against file-sharing service Grokster

Corante on the Grokster decision “Grokster Loses – Unanimously – Inducement Test?” Tons of links and info on the grokster ruling [email protected]

Via SlashDot article | EFF Lawyer interviewed about the decision

hat tip TVHarmony

Reviews: HTPC Case Roundup

Posted on 27 June 2005 by

Found a little HTPC case roundup over at Tom’s Hardware Guide. The roundup is comprised of the Hiper Media Center, Ahanix D-Vine5 Media Center, NMedia HTPC 100 Media Center PC Chassis, NMedia HTPC 100 Media Center PC Barebone, Silverstone LC-10M Silver, and a SilverStone LC-11M. If any of you are looking at which case would suit you best, this might help point you in the right direction.

Light Reading: Silverstone LC14M Review

Posted on 25 June 2005 by

Ran accross this little review of the Silverstone LC14M as I was browsing the ‘net. Heres an excerpt:

Upon removing the case, my earlier praise of the designers over at Silverstone is justified yet again. To keep coming up with new designs is not hard but to keep doing it excellently is. Especially when you set such a high standard yourself to keep up with, it can be hard but they seem to do it all the time.

It’s reviews like these that make me wish I could afford picking one of these up. The VFD display would be really cool to play with, and it looks like under Windows XP it is rather easy to use with the bundled software.

Update: Found another LC14M review over at HardCOREware.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX Previews & Reviews

Posted on 24 June 2005 by

Definitely checkout HTPCnews Coverage of Geforce 7800 launch as it seems likes there’s some very cool HTPC / HDTV playback specific improvements. If they come out with a passively cooled model (and it comes down in price) I’m definitely getting one.

coverage roundup: [H]ardocp coverage of NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX | Beyond 3D: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX | Hexus: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX | Tech Report on NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX | nVNews on NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX

hat tip HTPCnews

Broadcast Flag stalled — Good work!

Posted on 24 June 2005 by

I got an email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that informed me that the Broadcast flag has been stalled once again. I also saw the blurb on Engadget today. Good work, I hope that many of you signed the online petition or called your reps to let them know whats up. Heres a snippet from the newsletter:

By 6 p.m. on Tuesday (June 23, 2005), the 27 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee received *more than 11,000 emails and faxes* from EFF supporters. That’s nearly 500 faxes an hour. Dianne Feinstein alone received more than 2,600 messages in her inbox. Kay Hutchison, the senior senator for Texas, received 1,441 letters.
(You can read the full release here.)

Remember though that this isn’t over, if you haven’t yet, head over to EFF’s website and help stop the Broadcast Flag!

UPDATE It’s important to remain on top of this and continue to spread awareness as some of the Senators/Representatives don’t seem to get it, or are too deep in the MPAA’s pocket to care what the constituency thinks about fair use. Example: read Senator Feinsteins response to those who emailed about the Broadcast Flag issue.

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