Archive | November, 2006

Using SlingBox to PlaceShift BeyondTV

Posted on 30 November 2006 by

Slingbox AV: The Review details how the reviewer setup his SlingBox to control his BeyondTV setup remotely to placeshift his BTV recordings.

hat tips: SnapStream blog & PVRwire

If you desire a software (and free) placeshifting solution for your BeyondTV setup you might also want to look at Orb network streaming software

New Vista Media Center Remote Design

Posted on 29 November 2006 by

PVRwire pointed out a post showcasing alleged pics of the new Vista flavored Media Center Remote design, which apparently has been tweaked signifigantly from the previously leaked photos of a remote that was a white xbox360-esque version.

EXPIRED! PCAlchemy Discount Coupon Code

Posted on 23 November 2006 by

NOTE –> This discount has EXPIRED See the new coupon code (through the 31st)>

EDIT–> The Thanksgiving Discount Deal has expired

rampy: Just the thing to save a few more duckats on one of those Alchemy line of tricked out Media Center PC’s I mentioned yesterday. You can save on almost all the other HTPC parts you need for your project as well!

Microsoft Media Center To Get Touchscreen Support

Posted on 23 November 2006 by

“Now Microsoft is building touchscreen support directly into its media center with arrows that will appear on screen for navigation when touchscreen functionality is activated”.

Microsoft Building Touchscreen Support into MCE

Hat tip PVRwire

VidaBox Stealth Silent Media Center

Posted on 23 November 2006 by

VidaBox is releasing a new, 100% silent media center called the VidaBox STEALTH™. Less than 3.6″ tall, the STEALTH™ is the world’s first fully-featured, miniature form factor media center featuring a slot-loading DVD±RW dual-layer burner, dual analog tuners, and massive VidaSafe™-protected storage of up to 1,500GB.

hat tip engadget
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ReplayTV PC Edition Windows DVR Software Launched

Posted on 23 November 2006 by

ReplayTV PC edition DVR software launched!

“On Sunday ReplayTV posted the official press release on its website. The Press release discussed many of the features of the new ReplayTV software. This includes:

* Surprise Me: A feature similar to what you get on TiVo which records your favorite TV shows choosing shows on criteria such as actors, genre and directors.
* Find More: Allows you to find related programs to what you are watching, again using criteria such as actors, genre and directors.
* Easy TV navigation: Ability to navigate through TV shows using features such as QuickSkip which allows you to skip a certain amount of time in a given show.
* Overlap Manager: Allows you to still record the end of a show that has overlapped with the beginning of another show you want to record at the same time.
* Advanced searches: Allows you to search by a variety of criteria. Replay TV boast that the software will return results instantly”

hat tip pvrwire
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PCalchemy Releases Alchemy Series Media Center Systems

Posted on 21 November 2006 by

Our favorite HTPC vendor PCalchemy (for a myriad of reasons!) officially launches their new line of expertly preconfigured Media Center Systems line of HTPCs.

Here’s the Official Press Release
PCalchemy Releases Alchemy Series Media Center Systems

Pcalchemy’s new Alchemy Series Media Centers provide a rich digital entertainment experience by utilizing the latest technologies including Intel’s Core™ 2 Duo processor, Viiv, and Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005. Four models are available, ranging from the diminutive Alchemy RE to the flagship Alchemy XE, featuring a high performance Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 processor, 1TB of dedicated content storage, and an optional Blu-ray Disc recorder.

Each Alchemy Series Media Center is built with the highest quality components, providing not only a reliable, state-of-the-art, and high performance Media Center, but one that is so quiet you will hardly notice it in the room.

Rampy note: I’ve been trying out a pre-release version of one of the Alchemy Series Media Centers and have been impressed so far with the quality of the build and attention to detail. I’m predisposed to build over buying a preconfigured system, but the slightly humbling truth is that I like the PCAlchemy MCE better than my hand built system. Greg, be warned that I’ll be concocting all sorts of excuses to not send it back in a timely fashion ;)

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BeyondTV 4.5 DVD Burning Plugin & More

Posted on 17 November 2006 by

As promised the other day Snapstream releases BeyondTV 4.5 with DVD burning plugin

First, we just began shipping Beyond TV 4.5, a free update for anyone that owns the full version of Beyond TV 4. Like point releases before it, Beyond TV 4.5 contains a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Here’s a link to the easy DVD burning plugin page.

…and embedded in Beyond TV 4.5 is an optional and exciting new feature — integrated DVD burning. The new DVD Burning Plug-in makes it easy to burn DVDs of your recorded TV shows and movies. Just pop a DVD into your burner, add videos to the DVD in Beyond TV and then click “Burn DVD.” It just works.

One last note: The Snapstream Store has a PVR150 MCE & BeyondTV 4.5 bundle for $99.95 with FREE shipping which is a pretty good way to get your PVR setup on the cheap with an existing PC. (looks like you can also get a free FireFly remote with that bundle through 11/21/06 )

New SnapStream BeyondTV Revision Coming Soon!

Posted on 15 November 2006 by

New Beyond TV coming later this week…


There’s a new version of Beyond TV coming this Thursday with some of the usual bug fixes and minor improvements… plus one significant new feature.

Google Custom PC DVR Search Engine

Posted on 14 November 2006 by

Google PC DVR Search Engine

I (Rakesh) spent some time creating a search engine for everything related to “PC DVR” using Google’s Custom Search Engine tool. I included websites for every TV tuner card manufacturer, every software product, and every community site that I could think of.

The final product was the PC DVR Search Engine, my first custom search engine

Via snapstream blog

What a cool idea, can’t believe i didn’t come up with it first ;)