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Weekend Project: Watch Your Recordings

Posted on 22 March 2013 by Peter Backx

A study by Motorola has shown that 41% of the TV shows and movies that are recorded, never get watched. So this weekend, I challenge you to, at least, watch everything that was recorded over a year ago.

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Is Ad-Skipping Illegal?

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Peter Backx

It looks like we are about to find out, once and for all.

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Build the TV of Tomorrow

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Peter Backx

Wired features the TV of tomorrow; can you build it?

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PVR-Proof Video Ads

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Peter Backx

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

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A PVR for Gamers, Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition

Posted on 02 April 2012 by Peter Backx


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

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“DVR” added to Merriam & Webster Dictionary!

Posted on 16 July 2007 by

via engadget: “DVR” added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

These are just a few of the 100 words adopted by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for its Eleventh Edition. The publisher’s announcement Wednesday also included long-time tech jargon DVR (digital video recorder)

PCAlchemy Launches Newsletter & Apple iPhone contest

Posted on 03 July 2007 by

PCalchemy is giving away an Apple iPhone!

From PCAlchemy’s newly launched newsletter “From time to time we will be announcing some great giveaways. We figured we would start things off with a bang and announce a drawing of a brand-new unopened 8GB iPhone. To qualify you simply need to make a purchase from between the dates of 7/1/2007 and 7/15/2007. The iPhone will be shipped UPS Next Day Air on Monday 7/18/2007, so some lucky person will be receiving a free 8GB iPhone on the 19th.”

So if you were planning on picking up a few odds and ends for your pvr, this might be a good week to do it. šŸ˜€

The Great Apple Video Encoder Attack of 2007: H.264 Hardware Support

Posted on 13 March 2007 by

The always insightful Cringely speculates on Apple’s H.264 encoder/decoder plans

Now comes the rumor I have heard, that I believe to be a fact, that has simply yet to be confirmed. I have heard that Apple plans to add hardware video decoding to ALL of its new computers beginning fairly soon, certainly this year.

Why Apple would do this is fairly clear to me, but first let’s clarify what I mean by hardware video decoding, because it isn’t implicitly the MPEG-2 format used in present-day DVDs. I’m not saying Apple’s video-decoder chip won’t also decode MPEG-2 (it may or may not — I simply don’t know), but the chip’s primary codec is H.264, which is at the heart of both Apple’s QuickTime software and its iTunes video downloading service.

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 Coreā„¢ 2 Duo processor, Viiv, and MicrosoftĀ® WindowsĀ® XP Media Center Edition 2005. Four models are available, ranging from the diminutive Alchemy RE to the flagship Alchemy XE, featuring a high performance IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ 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 šŸ˜‰

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The DVD and Movie Jukebox in my Basement

Posted on 11 October 2006 by

*drool* … Seth Miller describes to the Snapstream Blog his DVD and Movie Jukebox Setup in my Basement

After years of yearning to bring the true theater experience home, I have finally succeeded. My home now boasts a theater that will engulf you in the movie experience, tower over you with special not meant for mere television and bring a library of over 175 movies no more than the push of a button away, a jukebox of movies from TV and DVD. This theater was built on a limited budget, but boasts all the features that Iā€™ve been dreaming of since I first heard someone say, ā€œhome theaterā€.

The PC is running Snapstreamā€™s Beyond TV and Beyond Media. Since I am talking about the home theater experience, I will focus on Beyond Media, and in particular, a piece of pure programming genius, and every tech fiendā€™s best friend, the DVD library plug-in. This plug-in, allows me to store, organize and watch a library of over 175 movies and growing.