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DVD Ripping Tools

Posted on 20 March 2013 by Peter Backx

If you still have a bunch of DVDs lying around, chances are good that you haven’t watched them in ages because you’re just too lazy to take them out of their box and insert them into your player. I know I am. Here are some great tools to rip them and get rid of this annoying problem once and for all.

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MediaPortal 1.3.0

Posted on 29 December 2012 by Tori R

The Beta Version of MediaPortal 1.3.0 was released just before Christmas, so consider it a merry time of year indeed. In case you don’t already know what MediaPortal has to offer, it’s a fully functional media system that you can use throughout your home. Continue Reading

Experiencing Windows 8 on HTPC

Posted on 18 December 2012 by Tori R

There have been lots of rumors about Windows 8, its layout and about its functionalities. People had great expectations of new features and user experience.

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PVR Support for the Raspberry Pi

Posted on 03 September 2012 by Peter Backx

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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XBMC for Android for the Adventurous

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Peter Backx

Perfect for the new Android set top boxes, but not yet for every one.

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MythTV 0.25 Released, Turns 10

Posted on 14 April 2012 by Peter Backx

MythTV just announced the availability of the 0.25 final release.

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XBMC Addon for Dreambox/Dbox2

Posted on 09 April 2012 by Peter Backx

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.

A DVR for the Online World

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Peter Backx

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)

XBMC 11.0 is Here, Start Jailbreaking Your iDevices

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Peter Backx

The latest 11.0 version of XBMC is available for download. Except for making an already great product even better, the big news is full support for many Apple devices.
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Beta Testers Wanted: BeyondTV 4.7 ipod/iphone integration!

Posted on 01 September 2007 by

SnapStream is looking for people to beta test ipod/iphone integration with BeyondTV

from the blog entry: “You may have read recently that iTunes is not going to have NBC programming starting with the fall season. This would be a disaster for all of us iPod/iPhone users if it weren’t for the Beyond TV 4.7 Beta that has the capacity to automatically transfer shows into iTunes compatible formats.

4.7 has a plugin that allows recompression to the h.264 format and an rss feed (aka podcast) that makes getting shows into iTunes automatic (which then can automatically sync recordings to your iPod video, iPhone or Apple TV).

Available today, we have a public beta of the upcoming 4.7 release that includes many other sweet new features as well. To download this release, you can join the beta program by signing up at