Archive | April, 2012

MythTV 0.25 Released, Turns 10

MythTV 0.25 Released, Turns 10

Posted on 14 April 2012 by sam

MythTV just announced the availability of the 0.25 final release.

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PVR-Proof Video Ads

PVR-Proof Video Ads

Posted on 10 April 2012 by sam

SendtoNews is introducing a new video ad network, which it calls “PVR-proof”

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XBMC Addon for Dreambox/Dbox2

Posted on 09 April 2012 by sam

This isn’t going to be for every one, but if you are technically inclined, are running XBMC and are up for a challenge: There is XBMC work-in-progress addon that will let you control and use your Dreambox from XBMC.

The Dreambox name might not ring a bell, but if you check the Wikipedia page, you’ll notice that it is a pretty popular range of set-top boxes. You might even have one in your home.

Sleek Arctic MC001-BD Gets Reviewed

Sleek Arctic MC001-BD Gets Reviewed

Posted on 07 April 2012 by sam

Benchmark Reviews reviews the new Arctic MC001-BD HTPC media center.

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A DVR for the Online World

Posted on 06 April 2012 by sam

PlayLater is a DVR for online video. It allows you to record online video, such as Hulu, for later playback when you don’t have an Internet connection. PlayLater supports most of the online video providers, so if you want an all-in-one, no fuzz solution, it’s worth a look.

Do you really need it? Not really, there are free programs out there that allow you to download most online videos. However PlayLater could be the first one that combines it all in one nice package. So you’re paying for convenience.

(via CEPRO)

The DVR, Sue Me

Posted on 05 April 2012 by sam

The DVR is quickly becoming the piece of technology that is the most hated by Hollywood. TechCrunch’s opinion piece explains that Hollywood has always had a bad relationship with technology even though there are many ways to profit from the technology.

As a side-note: in Belgium we have only one cable operator that has encrypted all of their media streams. So it’s impossible to watch any digital channel without their boxes (that are pretty damn expensive). This has rendered the market for DVR’s pretty much non-existent since they only work on the few analogue channels.

Selfmade Ambilight

Selfmade Ambilight

Posted on 04 April 2012 by sam

Cloud DVR is a Power Hog

Posted on 03 April 2012 by sam

If you think your DVR is using a little too much power in standby mode. You may think a cloud-based DVR is a better idea. Well, not so fast. It turns out a cloud based system could be using even more power.

The reason? Due to copyright/fair-use laws a DVR in the cloud has to store a copy for every single program every single user records. So if 100k people record American Idol, there are 100k copies on the servers.

A PVR for Gamers, Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition

A PVR for Gamers, Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition

Posted on 02 April 2012 by sam

 

Who would have thought that there’s a market for a PVR specific for recording gaming session.

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The $25 HTPC

The $25 HTPC

Posted on 01 April 2012 by sam

Yeah, seriously. OpenELEC supports the Raspberry Pi, which makes this theoretically possible.
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