3 HTPC Builds, Pick and Build Your Favorite

3 HTPC Builds, Pick and Build Your Favorite

Posted on 08 November 2013 by sam

PVR’s and HTPC’s have become much more than simple media players. You can game on them and, if you really want, you can even get some work done on them.

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Your Own Multiroom Setup

Your Own Multiroom Setup

Posted on 11 June 2013 by sam

The pinnacle of every home entertainment enthusiast has to be the multiroom system. Control audio and video in all of your rooms from one controller. Centralize your collection and use it anywhere. Read on to start building your affordable multiroom system.

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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: PVR vs DVR vs HTPC

Posted on 18 November 2012 by sam

Does it matter whether you call your personal media machine a PVR, DVR or HTPC? No, not at all, but knowing the slight, sometimes very subjective difference may help you in finding the right information and help.

So lets take a closer look.

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PVR Support for the Raspberry Pi

PVR Support for the Raspberry Pi

Posted on 03 September 2012 by sam

Raspbmc is an XBMC build for the Raspberry Pi. Recently the developers also integrated the PVR support, which is a truly impressive feat.

 

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Pulse-Eight, the Business of HTPC

Pulse-Eight, the Business of HTPC

Posted on 13 June 2012 by sam

For most of us, building our PVRs and HTPCs is a hobby. For Pulse-Eight it’s a business.

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Audiophile XBMC music server

Audiophile XBMC music server

Posted on 19 May 2012 by sam

Speculation on Windows Vista, DRM, CableCARD & 3rd Party DVR

Posted on 26 August 2005 by sam

You probably already know that DRM is a dirty word in these parts… you probably also know that I’m dying for a legitimate way to record HDTV via cable without using the cable company’s DVR i.e. the mythtical cableCARD PC device. I’m not sure that i’d trade DRM up the wazoo to get it, however…

It is rumoured that with Windows Vista (nod to Ed Bot) there’ll be sufficient DRM and content “security” to appease the content providers enough that maybe there’ll be CableCARD support in Windows Vista MCE.

A few prominent bloggers are wondering what Windows Vista means to 3rd party PVR software including the always insightful to read Chris Lanier MSMVPPC PVR Needs Vista and PVP-OPM! and Your Company is NOT Ruined, SnapStream in response to a rightfully skeptical SnapStream devblog entry

Now there’s no reason to panic or schedule an EFF rally or the like yet, even though i’m not sure I trust the big players in all of this to have the consumers best interest in mind here. There’s a gradual closing of the analog loophole endgame afoot, and eventually digital content will be handcuffed to HDCP approved devices that only DMCA violating daredevils will attempt to supercede. Can I trademark HDCP-X-copy now to beat the rush?

Between intel’s trusted computing platform, HDCP, PVP-OPM and the like it doesn’t look to promising for fair use (or competition!) in general.

Cringely Talks Hauppauge MediaMVP & Linux Device Hacking

Posted on 04 June 2004 by sam

I, Cringely column discussing MediaMVP Hacking etc… The article is mostly about linux and embedded device hacking (the good kind) to expand functionality/use of a consumer product.

Of course I’d be remiss if i didn’t point out 2n’s Review of the Hauppauge MediaMVP. I’m eagerly awaiting an update as 2n’s done some cools stuff with GB-PVR in conjunction with the Media MVP and a WinTV PVR 250. I believe you can find a lot of info on doing cool stuff with a MediaMVP (and pvr250/350’s for that matter) from SHS’s Unofficial MediaMVP WinPVR 250/350 site/resource (check it out, it’s a cool site).

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