Archive | September, 2006

Windows PVR Software CTpvr Media Center 2.0 Released

Posted on 21 September 2006 by

Carm dropped a line to let me know that the 2.0 version of CTpvr Media Center has been released

You can see the CTpvr Media Center forum announcement

Announcing the Official release of CTpvr Media Center Version 2.0

With this release we decided to add Media Center to the name of CTpvr to reflect all the changes made since our last official release.

New features:

• New skinnable user interface ( Themes ).
• Native support for MCE type remotes.
• Closed Captioning( Live TV & Playback ).
• Plugins Support.
• HDTV(ATSC) tuner cards support.
• USB UIRT & Hauppauge Ir Blaster External Tuning.
• Hauppauge Ir Blaster External Tuning.
• Transport file playback.
• ATSC EGP support via Zap2it.
• Auto Preview Snapshot after a recording.
• Total Media count and selected Media number on all media menus.
• Auto delete of older recordings when low on disk space needed for new recordings.
• Watched label for recordings already viewed.
• Last position indicator for shows partially viewed.
• Internet Music streaming via shoutcast filter. ( Requires Shoutcast filter )
• New Service in charge of scheduling, recordings, downloading guide data and more.
• Auto start Server mode for use by CTpvr Client.
• Auto Aspect ratios on all videos.
• My Pictures Library with Slideshow plus background music.
• FM Tuner for supported TV cards.
• Priority recording for favorites and individual schedules.

Logitech Harmony 1000, 880,895 Universal Remote Control

Posted on 18 September 2006 by

A batch of Logitech Harmony Remote Control reviews:

Logitech Harmony 880 remote control review

Logitech Harmony 895 Review

and finally ehomeupgrade has a preview of the Logitech Harmony 1000 universal touch screen remote

Logitech has reinvented the Harmony® remote control. Adding a touch of luxury to its award-winning family of Harmony advanced universal remote controls, the company unveiled its new flagship Harmony 1000 remote, which includes a striking, color touch-sensitive screen. While it looks as expensive as traditional high-end, custom-installed remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote is more affordable, is easier for consumers to set up, and sets a new standard for ease of use.

hat tip to HTPCnews

Windows Vista Media Center Edition Preview

Posted on 15 September 2006 by

via PVRwire: Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center in action (you tube video)

Windows Media Center team member Charlie Owen has a nice walk through of the Media Center functions of Windows Vista. Owen shows how to set up media center software, how to configure your TV tuner and download your program guide information.The video also has a couple of nice shots of the interface, including new thumbnail and tagged views for videos and music.

originally from RetroSight

Build a $300 HDTV Media Extender

Posted on 15 September 2006 by

ZDNET blog article on building a HDTV media extender for $300 using linux/mythtv as a client.

HDTVs are getting cheaper especially when you’re talking about older close out models that they’re becoming very common in the home. Personal video storage on a home network is also getting very popular but getting that video to the HDTV isn’t easy without paying for an expensive and extremely limited function HD media extender appliance. But with a little spare time and some cheap commodity PC hardware you can build a superior HDTV media extender that can easily be upgraded to a full fledged media center machine for $300.

It’s also the perfect lead in to point out 2n’s thrifty ($200) PVR configuration: pvr150 + MediaMVP + GBPVR

ReplayTV PC Software to Use Nvidia PureVideo Decoder Coming Soon?

Posted on 14 September 2006 by

ReplayTV PC PVR Software to use Nvidia PureVideo decoder

ReplayTV announced on (last) Thursday that it’s much anticipated new PC Edition PVR software will be using NVIDIA’s PureVideo Technology. For those of you that don’t know, ReplayTV was a popular maker of set-top PVRs, and is due to release software this month for bringing a PVR experience to your PC.

The use of NVIDIA PureVideo technology in ReplayTV PC edition will see improved picture clarity, color fidelity, and stutter-free playback with minimal CPU utilization and power consumption.

previous byopvr replayTV PC software coverage

ReplayTV to debut at Cedia 2006 expo…
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Apple Announces iTV Video Streaming Box

Posted on 12 September 2006 by

Apple Announces iTV Video Streaming Box

“Going by the codeword of iTV, the box looks like a flattened Mac mini — apparently it’s around half the height — and features a built-in power supply, USB 2.0, Ethernet, 802.11 “wireless component video”, optical audio and HDMI ports, plus regular ol’ RCA stereo audio ports. Controllable by the standard Apple remote, the iTV will come with an updated version of the Front Row interface that shares Front Row’s smooth 3D graphics, but differs in that it has a menu on the right side of the screen. Apparently it’ll work with both iTunes on both PCs and Macs, and will sell for $299.”

Discuss Apple iTV in the forum

g808’s commentary on the apple itv announcement

Linux PVR Software MythTV Version .20 Released!

Posted on 12 September 2006 by

From SlashDot: Linux PVR Software MythTV 0.20 Released

“The latest version of MythTV, the open source PVR application for Linux, has been released. New features (as documented in the release notes) include a new menu system, an improved internal DVD player, support for DVB radio channels, and mouse support. There is also a new plugin – MythArchive – which allows recordings be written to DVD. You can download MythTV from”

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New GBPVR Release! Now With More Client Server Goodness!

Posted on 11 September 2006 by

Everyone’s (well almost everyone’s) favorite free windows PVR/HTPC software GBPVR has just been updated to version number .98.8! As usual there’s a whole host of new refinements, bugfixes, and new features!

Here’s the official announcement over at the GBPVR forum and link to download.

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Maximum PC Gives Glowing Review Of BeyondTV

Posted on 08 September 2006 by

Looks like Maximum PC has a big media PC center ladened issue coming up that speaks very highly of BeyondTV in a PVR software review

“The bottom line is that Beyond TV is, hands down, the best PVR software we’ve tested for the PC”

“SnapStream’s Beyond TV is the closest thing to a Tivo we’ve tested”

“…unlike MythTV, Beyond TV is easy to install and configure on any Windows machine.”

So I think it’s safe to say that Maximum PC ♥s Beyond TV.

(and apart from the glowing review of Beyond TV, it has some great tips on building your own HTPC so if you aren’t already a subscriber, pick up a copy at your local news stand)

I can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy of the magazine… hopefully byopvr gets at least a passing mention in the resources section of the article!

SnapStream BeyondTV Link Running on a MacBook Pro?!!

Posted on 07 September 2006 by

Priceless… Nate posted a youtube video of BeyondTV Link running on a 17″ MacBook Pro which is beyond surreal!

Snapstream Beyond TV Link connected to my server wirelessly in my dorm, in an XP installation of Parallels Desktop, running on a beautiful 17″ MacBook Pro

Too cool!

Update: Even the guys at SnapStream are digging on this users ingenuity Get the Beyond TV experience on… your Mac Book Pro!?