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Broadcast HDTV quality compared

Posted on 24 January 2007 by

Network HDTV Quality Tested

“The State of the Union address last night was a snoozer, but we HDTV gearheads had fun jumping between the networks, checking out which net was able to deliver the best HDTV signal from lens to screen. This was a notable occasion, because all the networks were using precisely the same feed—the same cameras, same everything—where the only difference was between the Capitol pool feed and the viewer.

We took an HD gander at NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and HDNet, to see who delivered the crispiest, most colorful and most gorgeous HDTV signal of all.”

this is another pet peeve of mine (besides DRM, arg!) HDTV content that’s handled poorly or compressed down somewhere along the chain… (either that or my TV is a PoS!)

SageTV HDTV Network Extender Q2 2007

Posted on 24 January 2007 by

Malbec in our forum pointed out a very interested sagetv forum thread about a CES announcement by SageTV

It looks like a pretty cool HDTV full sagetv network client is on it’s way Think of it as being like a HiDef MediaMVP with full sagetv menus.

Vidabox announces Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, CableCARD VISTA boxes

Posted on 24 January 2007 by

VidaBox announced HD Vista media center systems with CableCARD are slated to ship March 2007.

Continuing to be at the forefront of crystal clear and life-like video/audio playback, VidaBox CableCARD systems are engineered to allow a user to record two HD shows while playing back a third pre-recorded show, Blu-ray, HD DVD, high fidelity music, upscaled DVD, or digital picture slideshows. High definition content recorded from CableCARD can also be streamed and played back on connected XBox 360 systems.

Hat tip to Steven C and PVRwire

Gizmodo and Miller started a conversation on this in our forum regarding vidabox and cablecard PVRs in the future

Full press release continued after the fold
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Recording Cable HDTV on a Mac via FIREWIRE

Posted on 16 January 2007 by

HowTO:Recording Cable HDTV on a Mac via FIREWIRE

“After a little research, I found that any Firewire-equipped Mac can be made into an HD-PVR for unencrypted content at the expense of an appropriate firewire cable. Apple even provides the necessary capture software that you need, provided that you know where to look.”

irecord gui for Mac/OSX firewire digital cable recording

Hat tip PVRwire

More Vista Media Center & ATI CableCard tuner news

Posted on 12 January 2007 by

You can get your digital HDTV cake but NOT eat it… Windows Vista Media Center CableCARD DRM & Vista unable to stream, convert CableCARD media

“users who prefer to roll their own Media Center box (like yours truly) will be left out of the option entirely — support will only be available for CableLabs certified boxen, which home-rolled are, of course, not. Now we come to find out some even worse news about CableCARD and Vista: not only will you not be able to re-stream your high def media to other Windows machines (sorry, Vista capable Media Center Extenders only, i.e. the Xbox 360, and not much else), you won’t even be able to transcode and sync to your PMC or other devices

Engadget also has a look at the ATI’s TV Wonder Digital Cable (CableCARD) Tuner hands-on

ATI Announces Two CableCARD Digital Cable Tuner Cards

Posted on 08 January 2007 by

ATI announces two CableCard tuners

ATI’s new TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner is an OCUR (Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver) tuner, meaning it can accept CableCard signals and send them to your computer. Like the CableCard slots in the TiVo Series3, OCUR devices can accept digital cable signals, but cannot send, meaning you can’t get advanced features like video on demand.

But you can record (HDTV) shows in Vista Media Center without a cable box and IR blaster.”

VidaBox: DualHD Media Center->Blue-ray & HD-DVD format!

Posted on 12 December 2006 by

Steve from VidaBox wanted to let byopvr users know that there’s an exclusive video featuring their “DualHD” PVR/media center – the world’s first Blu-ray & HD DVD system. With both HD formats on 1 systems plus PVR functionality, this system really “does it all!” :)

More info @CE Pro site

Why decide blue-ray or HD-DVD when you can have both? Put that in your HiDef pipe and smoke it Sony!

Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950 HDTV Dongle Works With BeyondTV

Posted on 20 October 2006 by

Hauppauge’s new HVR-950 works with Beyond TV

Hauppauge’s latest TV tuner, the HVR-950, is a little USB stick that supports recording over-the-air HDTV. We’re happy to say that we’ve tested it with Beyond TV 4.4 and it works like a charm. So if you have an HVR-950, go ahead and download the 21-day trial of Beyond TV. And if you are new to using your PC for HDTV, check out our HDTV Setup Center.

The HVR-950 is Hauppauge’s first ATSC TV tuner in a very long time and their very first to include BDA drivers (BDA stands for “broadcast driver architecture” and it’s the way you have to write your TV tuner drivers for it to work with Beyond TV or any other PVR software out there). We’re glad to see Hauppauge getting into the game on HDTV tuners!”

previous Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950 coverage

VidaBox Zero Silent HDTV Media Center

Posted on 21 September 2006 by

VidaBox is announcing the release of a brand new, 100% silent HDTV Media Center
called the VidaBox™ ZERO™
. You can find the press release here:

Introducing the VidaBox™ ZERO™, the fully-featured & completely silent system using specially designed mufflers, heat pipes, heatsinks, & dispersal fins, to deliver a totally noiseless home theater experience.

engadget picked up the release too
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Tivo Abandons Satellite Users; Hauppauge & DIY To the Rescue

Posted on 07 September 2006 by

TiVo is openly snubbing satellite users with to coddle up to the cable companies when it comes to supporting HDTV on it’s new Series 3 DVR.

TiVo conveniently forgets about satellite providers

PVRblog has a copy of an ad that ran in a TV industry trade publication. There’s a two-fold message from TiVo to cable companies here:

1. You should stock up on cable cards, as we’re going to increase demand for them, as well as all your services by putting our new product on the market and getting everyone all excited about TV.
2. We’re not supporting satellite companies, see how much we love you cable companies? (Never mind our falling out with satellite providers)

Ironically, I noticed that Hauppauge and Cyberlink are partnering to provide a legal means to decrypt subscription HDTV satellite content on PC

CyberLink Corp. is showcasing the first solution for accessing high-definition pay-TV satellite services on the PC. Partnering with leading TV tuner card manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works, CyberLink has demonstrated the decryption and playback of subscription TV content.

The collaboration delivers a sophisticated PC solution allowing the reception, recording and playback of MPEG-2 HD and highly compressed MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) TV content broadcast via satellite.

CyberLink and Hauppauge have implemented signal reception, decoding, and playback of protected DVB-S2 and DVB-S content through their software and tuner card, in combination with the Hauppauge WinTV CI USB adapter.

So where TiVo decides to ignore a market a DIY PC HDTV based solution emerges!

hat tip to: HTPCnews & PVRwire ( Digg it! | Reddit )