Archive | February, 2006

2PartsFusion Giveaway Reminder — OVER! Winner Drawn!

Posted on 25 February 2006 by

this giveaway is now closed!!

Congratulations to JustMichael for being the lucky participant drawn randomly from the database! Thanks again to 2 Parts Fusion for sponsoring the giveaway.

2 Parts Fusion, builders of fine customized Media Servers, has stepped to the plate and sponsored an ultra cool bundle of PVR components to giveaway at BYOPVR including: SageTV 4 PVR Software, ATI Radeon X800XL 256 MB PCI-Express Video card, and a Hauppauge PVR 150 MCE TV Tuner Card!

You’ll need to be a registered byopvr forum user and signed in to the forum to participate in the contest. Full rules and instructions on how to enter are posted in the Official 2 Parts Fusion BYOPVR Giveaway Thread.

UPDATE

this giveaway is now closed!! Winner has been drawn and announced!

HTPCNews Reviews SageTV 4.x

Posted on 25 February 2006 by

HTPCnews has posted their review of SageTV 4.1! Check it out!

Lots of great info/insight… and tons of delicious screenshots! I think for the most part they gave it a very fair and accurate assesment of SageTV’s strengths and weaknesses (in my casual opinion)

SnapStream Releases Firefly Mini IR Remote

Posted on 24 February 2006 by

Snapstream Blog Firefly Mini IR remote announcement and here is the Official Firefly Mini Product page

Thanks to g808 who posted this blurb in the forum about the firefly mini:”It’s a smaller, scaled down IR version of their Firefly remote. It’s not for everyone since the range won’t be quite as good, and you cannot program the buttons. But if you have a universal remote you can program the mini into it and use the mini’s IR receiver and use one remote to control everything without messing with middleware like Girder, HIP, or Remote2Key.”

The fact that it is recognized right out of the box without any middleware/drivers as a HID compliant USB device is tres cool! If I wasn’t wedded to my RF FireFly I’d be all about the FireFly mini πŸ˜‰

New GBPVR Release

Posted on 22 February 2006 by

Everyone’s favorite free Windows based PVR/HTPC software suite has been updated yet again! GBPVR is now up to version 0.96.8!

See the official GBPVR announcement thread for more details and change log!
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Super Small, Super Sexy Next-Gen Shuttle SFF Media PC

Posted on 22 February 2006 by

*whistles* The Register has the scoop on a new Shuttle XPC X100 uber sleek Media Center

“Shuttle has taken the wraps off its upcoming next-generation small form-factor PC which crams an Intel 65nm dual-core processor, memory, hard drive, optical storage and other goodies into a case that’s just 5.4cm high and has a footprint the size of an A4 page.”

2PartsFusion Giveaway Reminder

Posted on 21 February 2006 by

UPDATE: This Giveaway is CLOSED

2 Parts Fusion, builders of fine customized Media Servers, has stepped to the plate and sponsored an ultra cool bundle of PVR components to giveaway at BYOPVR including: SageTV 4 PVR Software, ATI Radeon X800XL 256 MB PCI-Express Video card, and a Hauppauge PVR 150 MCE TV Tuner Card!

You’ll need to be a registered byopvr forum user and signed in to the forum to participate in the contest. Full rules and instructions on how to enter are posted in the Official 2 Parts Fusion BYOPVR Giveaway Thread.

UPDATE: This Giveaway is CLOSED

Also check out this 2PartsFusion announcement featuring HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect Sound Cards after the jump.
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OSS Linux Based PVR/HTPC Solution MythTV v.19 Released

Posted on 17 February 2006 by

I’m a little bit late with this one, but… you should know that MythTV version .19 was released!

LiveTV rewritten to support saving buffered content while watching. Signal Monitoring for DVB and pcHDTV recorders. Ending times may be changed while recordings are in progress. Playgroups allow for default playback options on recordings. Channel changes can be made across tuners without changing tuners manually first. New popup keyboard simplifies setup using remote. Preview schedule changes when making adjustments to recording schedules. Added ability to control MythFrontend through a telnet socket.

Found via: Make MAgazine Blog blurb on MythTV .19

Slashdot MythTV v.19 coverage

PC Magazine: Build It: A Homemade Media Center PC

Posted on 17 February 2006 by

Build It: A Homemade Media Center PC

“We’ll explain how to join the DIY crowd and finally build an MCE PC of your ownβ€”and how to choose the parts for a custom project that’s uniquely yours”.

See also Slashdot commentary/discussion on building a Homemade Media Center

ChrisTWEAK 1.30 with ATI Theater 550 support

Posted on 10 February 2006 by

Using ChrisTWEAK you can tune and optimize your capture device(s) driver settings and more.
While using your favorite capture software or TV application, ChrisTWEAK lets you change any setting in the capture device driver in order to improve TV experience, such as :

  • Image settings (brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness)
  • Video standard ( PAL, NTSC, SECAM etc.)
  • Image Prefilter Settings (Dynamic Noise Reduction) available only for Hauppauge PVR 150/250/350/500, ATI Theater 550 PRO, TV Cards with Blackbird and Falcon Conexant Chipset ( Leadtek PVR 2000, Prolink Pixelview PlayTV@P7000, Provideo PV258 Series and others).
  • Sound mode (mono, stereo or dual)
  • TV channel number and country channel table
  • Video and audio input

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Wonder What Your Favorite BYOPVR Users Look Like?

Posted on 07 February 2006 by

A thread was started in the everything else forum that turned into a post a picture of yourself, VH1’s “Behind the Avatar”/handle thread πŸ™‚ So if you’re a regular (or even if you’re not) and want to participate upload/add your pic, or drop a comment to make fun of mine πŸ™‚ (any comments that aren’t good natured towards other byopvr users than myself is forbidden, though)