Archive | November, 2006

VistaView Saber 2020 Dual Tuner PCIe Preview @ HTPCnews

Posted on 13 November 2006 by

Everyone’s favorite tuner card guru Sphere put up a preliminary VistaView Saber 2020 Dual Tuner PCIe Preview over at HTPCnews

“The Saber 2020 uses PCI Express X1 (PCIe), this is significant. Many of us have PCI Express X1 slots sitting idle. Further, PCIe is a point-to-point connection; it isn’t a shared bus like “classic” PCI. This means that there should be zero issues with compatibilty, unlike PCI based solutions that tend to conflict with other TV cards, especially HDTV tuners.

I’ve been playing with the VistaView Saber2020 PCI Express x1 dual TV tuner card for the past week or so and I’ve been digging it so far. A byopvr review is forthcoming. If you’re the impatient/impulsive type you can pick one up from PCalchemy in the meantime 😉

HowTo: Build Your Own BeyondTV DVR Article

Posted on 01 November 2006 by

ServerGuy posted a Howto build your own DVR using BeyondTV article on his site


A while back I built my own DVR (digital video recorder) and it has occurred to me that others may be interested in doing the same. The whole project was actually quite easy, although I am comfortable building a PC from components, and others may not be as comfortable. As I walk through this please keep in mind that while I was trying to keep costs down the object was to build (as easily as possible) a DVR that was simple to use, took up a minimal amount of space, and would be easy to modify if necessary.

I started with a spare PC I had sitting around unused. I realize most people don’t have a spare computer just sitting around their house. The point I’m trying to make is that the computer you use doesn’t have to be a top of the line system, especially if you are careful about choosing the components you’ll be adding.

hat tip PVRwire