Archive | April, 2006

GBPVR Featured in Tom’s Hardware HowTo Article

Posted on 28 April 2006 by

GBPVR was recently featured in a Tom’s Hardware HowTo: “HTPC on the cheap with GBPVR”

“Free PVR software is not about sticking it to Bill Gates by not spending the extra $40 for Windows Media Center Edition (MCE), or some other similar application such as Snap Stream’s BeyondTV or Sage TV. All of these offer similar services for about the same price. Free PVR software is about customization.”

SageTV 5, Now With PlaceShifting Released!

Posted on 25 April 2006 by

SageTV launches version 5 of it’s PVR/Media Center Software with new PlaceShifting functionality

See the Press Relase about SageTV 5 with PlaceShifting

“Placeshifting lets you enjoy your personal digital media library anywhere in the world, and combining PVR and placeshifting capabilities solves the performance, complexity and cost problems created by standalone placeshifting solutions,” said Mike Machado, CEO of Sage TV. “You don’t need an extra piece of hardware on your network, you don’t need to pay monthly subscription fees for a PVR service…”

Sounds pretty intriguing. Sorta like having a slingbox built into your PVR/Media Center software.
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VIA EPIA EN15000 Mini-ITX Review

Posted on 24 April 2006 by

Our buddies over at EPIACenter have gotten their mitts on a VIA EPIA C7 powered EN-15000 mini-itx mobo for review

“Well, compared to the C3 the C7 is a big step forward for VIA. You can immediatly feel the performance increase on your desktop and of course you can easily check it with some benchmarks.”

Also of interest a story from a few weeks ago, for those who like their mobo’s *really* small Epia-N8000E Nano-ITX review

Yahoo To Offer PC DVR Services, Buys Meedio

Posted on 18 April 2006 by

Yahoo To Offer PC DVR Services, Buys Meedio

See the Announcement on Meedio homepage

“Today is a big day for the team here at Meedio; we have sold most of our technology to Yahoo!

David Brott, Jeff (beergeek), Kenny (fasttech), Pedro (flea0) and I are joining Yahoo!’s Digital Home team. We’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Yahoo! in the past few months and we love the way they are developing the best, most user-friendly services for the Digital Home.

see also Yahoo Go TV

This certainly is an interesting development… I’m curious to see how this all unfolds.

discuss the Yahoo! Meedio acquisition in the forum
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ChrisTWEAK 1.40 with folder monitoring feature

Posted on 15 April 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 [email protected], Provideo PV258 Series and others).
  • Sound mode (mono, stereo or dual)
  • TV channel number and country channel table
  • Video and audio input

The supported capture devices that can be tweaked are :

  • TV Cards with compatible WDM Driver
  • TV Cards with MPEG Hardware Encoder
  • Graphic Cards with Video Input (VIVO)
  • Combo Cards (Graphic Card and TV Card)
  • WebCams and other compatible devices.

Website :ChrisTWEAK Webpage
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Pin the Tail on the Map:  Where are the BYOPVR Users Located?

Pin the Tail on the Map: Where are the BYOPVR Users Located?

Posted on 13 April 2006 by

Born out of the Denver BYOPVR Meet and Greet forum thread there seemed to be some desire to know where there are pockets of byopvr’ers that are geographically close together.

So… I set up a quick and dirty frappr account for BYOPVR frappr group

If you’re so inclined add yourself to the map… just zipcode and forum handle is fine (no one needs to know *exactly* where you live — that’d be a little creepy). Who knows there maybe another DIY PVR user right up the street and you can organize your own meetup :beer: :beer:.
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Denver BYOPVR user Meet & Greet

Posted on 11 April 2006 by

SmokeyAlien and Aint Skeird are organizing and informal get together of byopvr users in the Denver, CO area. See the byopvr Denver meet and greet forum post for more detail

We are having a Meet nad Drink in Downtown Denver
When: Saturday (4/15/06) at 1pm
Where: Uptown Tavern at 17th and Pearl in Denver, Colorado

Don’t forget to take pictures and post ’em guys!

LifeHacker Builds His Own DVR

Posted on 11 April 2006 by

Adam Pash over at LifeHacker posted a howto build your own DVR using SageTV article on today’s edition of Lifehacker’s Hack Attack (it’s the good type of hack, btw!)

Ever since TiVo came around, I was eager to jump on the time shifting bandwagon. After all, nothing makes a productivity junkie happier than turning an hour-long show into forty minutes. But for all its loyal fan base, TiVo never seemed like the right fit for me.

For my money, time, and, let’s be honest, the gratification of a solid DIY project, I’m a big proponent of building your own digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo is pretty good at what TiVo does, but imagine a world where you can also tweak your TiVo to do anything you can do with any other computer.