Archive | May, 2006

Nvidia DualTV MCE Dual Tuner Card Review

Posted on 30 May 2006 by

Finally there’s a comprehensive and reputable review of Nvidia’s DualTV MCE dual tuner card penned by SpHeRe31459 over at the newly redesigned HTPCnews!

There’s a lot of information to soak in as Sphere’s review of the DualTV is very thorough as usual. There’s also lots of yummy pictures for those of you with shorter attention spans :)

Join the discussion about the Nvidia DualTV tuner card review(s) in the forum!

SnapStream Giveaway Winner!

Posted on 30 May 2006 by

Congrats to dpicts for being drawn in the latest giveaway!

Thanks to the SnapStream Store for sponsoring this giveaway of SnapStream’s Beyond TV + Hauppauge PVR150+ Firefly Mini bundle

HTPCnews Redesign & Relaunched

Posted on 26 May 2006 by

*whistles* Check out the new look and functionality over at HTPCnews.com

Good job guys! They are certainly raising the bar for HTPC and DIY DVR enthusiast sites!

(note you may still see the old site if your DNS servers are slow to update)

Reminder: Enter BeyondTV Giveaway!

Posted on 23 May 2006 by

this giveaway is no longer active: stay tuned for new contests/giveways!

The SnapStream Store is sponsoring a giveaway of SnapStream’s Beyond TV + Hauppauge PVR150+ Firefly Mini bundle

If you wanted to get your project going on the fast track with a Hauppauge PVR 150 tuner card, some premium PC PVR/DVR software, and a cool IR remote this would be the giveway to enter! If you already have a tuner card, it couldn’t hurt to get an additional tuner and upgrade the software and remote while you’re at it (if you’re the lucky winner!)!

Head to the official forum announcement for official details and to enter!

this giveaway is no longer active: stay tuned for new contests/giveways!

Two Articles on PCs & TVs Converging

Posted on 22 May 2006 by

First up is PCs morphing into TVs in the Edmonton Journal. (found via PVRWire )

From last weekend: NYTimes: Can TV’s and PC’s Live Together Happily Ever After?

ReplayTV PC DVR Software Beta Testers Wanted

Posted on 22 May 2006 by

ReplayTV is currently recruiting candidates for the upcoming ReplayTV PC Edition Beta Test. To be considered as a possible candidate, complete the online application by May 31, 2006.

Beta Tester Requirements: Those selected to test will be required to:

* Start testing the end of June 2006
* Sign the ReplayTV Beta Agreement
* Participate in online beta forums and answer weekly surveys
* Provide data files or logs when requested
* Download the beta releases at the tester website
* Submit bug reports at the tester website
* Complete specific testing tasks through September 2006

Selection for beta testing is not guaranteed – it will be determined by the profile you provide and the available space we have for testers.

Sign Up for the ReplayTV PC Edition Beta Test More details, rules, and system requirements after the fold.

Also see: Previous byopvr ReplayTV PVR software for PC coverage

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Giveaway Round 2: SnapStream BeyondTV, PVR150, FireFly Mini Remote

Posted on 16 May 2006 by

this giveaway is no longer active: stay tuned for new contests/giveways!

The SnapStream Store is sponsoring a giveaway of SnapStream’s Beyond TV + Hauppauge PVR150+ Firefly Mini bundle

If you wanted to dive in and jump start your project with a hardware encoding tuner card paired with some premium PVR software and a nifty remote this is the giveway to enter! Even if you already have a tuner card, what could be better than adding an additional tuner and and upgrading the software and remote to boot!

How To Enter:

1. Visit the SnapStream Store BeyondTV + PVR150 page then go to the BeyondTV Feature page. Study them both. There’s a quiz in step 2!

2. Find the answer to the following question: “The feature of Beyond TV 4 that automatically detects TV commercials and makes it easy to skip them is called ________.”

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

This contest ends at Midnight Eastern Time on May 28th 2006. You must be a Registered member of the byopvr forum to participate in this giveaway. This giveaway is limited to participants in the United States and Canada.

this giveaway is no longer active: stay tuned for new contests/giveways!

Closed: BeyondTV, Beyond Media, Firefly Mini Giveaway!

Posted on 09 May 2006 by

This particular giveaway is closed, no new entries will be accepted: Congratulations to mark cronk!

The SnapStream Store is sponsoring a giveaway of SnapStream’s Beyond TV + Beyond Media + Firefly Mini bundle as well as a copy of Beyond TV Link

This would be a great prize for anyone that already has a TV tuner card and wants to upgrade their software and remote control.

How To Enter:

1. Visit the SnapStream Store main page. Study it. There’s a quiz in step 2!

2. Find the answer to the following question: “If you place your order from the SnapStream Store before this time, your order will get shipped out the same day. What’s the SnapStream Store’s daily shipping cut-off?”

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

The contest ends at Midnight Eastern Time on May 14th 2006. You must be a Registered member of the byopvr forum to participate in this giveaway. This giveaway is limited to participants in the United States and Canada.

Also see the official giveaway forum thread.

This particular giveaway is closed, no new entries will be accepted: A winner has been drawn!

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs

Posted on 08 May 2006 by

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs is a followup review/overview of BeyondTV and to a lesser extent SageTV from Diane Kristine’s previous DIY PVR article

“Want TiVo-like technology without the subscription fees … even without the TV? A few months ago, I described my attempts to set up my computer as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), but I hadn’t yet decided on the software I would use with my brand-new TV tuner card. Since then, I’ve tested the rudimentary PVR software that came with the card, then tried Sage TV and Beyond TV before deciding to purchase the latter.”

Building a Silent PC/HTPC

Posted on 05 May 2006 by

PCMagazine: Howto build silent HTPC rig

High-performance personal computers are thermal nightmares. As GPUs and CPUs have become more powerful, their heat output has skyrocketed. AMD’s top-of-the-line Athlon 64 X2 4800+ is rated at 105W, while Intel’s Pentium D 840 runs even higher, at 130W—as Paris Hilton would say, that’s hot. The typical way to dissipate all that heat? Throw extra cooling at the system—in other words, add more fans. Pretty soon, you’ve got more fans in your system than a B-36 bomber had propellers—and your system is as loud, too. You can’t control the heat output (without moving to lower-performing components), but you can control the noise. Read on to find out how.