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Capture Card Guide

Capture Card Guide

Posted on 02 May 2012 by sam helps you choose one of 800+ capture cards.

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Fanless Radeon HD 7750, Whisper Quite Gaming

Fanless Radeon HD 7750, Whisper Quite Gaming

Posted on 31 March 2012 by sam

When it comes to video cards in your home-built PVR, you usually have to choose between performance and noise. Not so with the fanless Sapphire HD 7750. Read overclockers review of the Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate for the full details.
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CES/MacWorld Links Galore

Posted on 12 January 2007 by

With all these HDTV and movie download services we’ll need more hard drive space Hitachi Introduces 1-Terabyte Hard Drive

Monster of monster cable fame getting into HTPC media center market

PVRwire roundup of CNET PVR related CES videos

Sirius to add satellite video to services

Questions and answer about AppleTV the artist formerly known as iTV

AMD has this whole new AMDlive media/streaming initiative thingie, which if you understand what it is, let me know… probably as useful a marketing term as “centrino” and “viiv”

Xbox 360 IPTV hands-on: engadget gizmodo xbox360 IPTV handson

Sony Vaio TP1 roomba looking media server

Using SlingBox to PlaceShift BeyondTV

Posted on 30 November 2006 by

Slingbox AV: The Review details how the reviewer setup his SlingBox to control his BeyondTV setup remotely to placeshift his BTV recordings.

hat tips: SnapStream blog & PVRwire

If you desire a software (and free) placeshifting solution for your BeyondTV setup you might also want to look at Orb network streaming software

VistaView Saber 2020 Dual Tuner PCIe Preview @ HTPCnews

Posted on 13 November 2006 by

Everyone’s favorite tuner card guru Sphere put up a preliminary VistaView Saber 2020 Dual Tuner PCIe Preview over at HTPCnews

“The Saber 2020 uses PCI Express X1 (PCIe), this is significant. Many of us have PCI Express X1 slots sitting idle. Further, PCIe is a point-to-point connection; it isn’t a shared bus like “classic” PCI. This means that there should be zero issues with compatibilty, unlike PCI based solutions that tend to conflict with other TV cards, especially HDTV tuners.

I’ve been playing with the VistaView Saber2020 PCI Express x1 dual TV tuner card for the past week or so and I’ve been digging it so far. A byopvr review is forthcoming. If you’re the impatient/impulsive type you can pick one up from PCalchemy in the meantime 😉

Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950 Combination ATSC HDTV and NTSC Card

Posted on 26 September 2006 by

engadget scoop on Hauppauge Wintv HVR 950… See also the official Hauppauge wintv HVR 950 product page

Looks like Hauppauge quietly went and released a hybrid NTSC and ATSC TV tuner for PCs. And don’t it look to be from the same OEM’er Elgato’s been kicking around with? The WinTV-HVR-950 hybrid TV stick supports up to 1080i ATSC digital or analog NTSC TV broadcasts when slotted into your USB 2.0 port and ships with Hauppauge’s WinTV-Scheduler and the WinTV2000 application to watch and schedule TV recordings to MPEG-2. No word on pricing or availability but we have a sneakin’ suspicion it’ll cost ya about a Benjamin.

Ugh, besides the cuteform USB 2.0 dongle form factor *shrug* Software encoding NTSC on an ATSC card isn’t any great shakes (I usually recommend NOT using the NTSC side of an ATSC card anyways because of the software encoding)

found via HTPCnews

ATI Theater 650 Review and Recall

Posted on 30 August 2006 by

Check out this early ATI Theater 650 review over at hot hardware. ATSC and hardware encoding analog tuning? Where do I sign up — not so fast… sometimes it doesn’t pay to be an early adopter.

The daily tech is reporting that there is a nationwide recall out for the ATI Theater 650

“In what appears to be a quick retail turnaround, ATI has issued a major nationwide recall of its ATI TV Wonder 650 graphics cards. Although details of the recall remain unclear and ATI has not issued official reasons for the recall, several readers have emailed DailyTech noting that the TV Wonder 650 cards have begun disappearing from store shelves.

Retail chains such as Best Buy were the first to take the new cards off store shelves.

Both links found from HTPCnews

Hauppauge Wireless MediaMVP Article

Posted on 26 August 2006 by

As you probably already know, we’re big fans of using the Hauppauge MediaMVP as network media client to extend our PC PVRs to additional televisions far from the “server” HTPC. Now we don’t have to string wire to do so.

Over at the SnapStream blog they gave the Hauppauge Wireless MediaMVP a test run in an uh… interesting location 🙂

Ever had the desire to wirelessly share recorded TV content, videos, music, and pictures to televisions throughout the house? For those of you who said yes, Hauppauge now has answered your demands with their new Wireless MediaMVP. Did I mention it was wireless?

Hauppauge sent us an evaluation unit of the Wireless MediaMVP (referred to as WMVP henceforth) the other day, so I decided to take advantage of this freebie, and test the unit in my house by connecting my Beyond TV server to the WMVP

Also see forum thread on wirelessly streaming live tv from BeyondTV to MediaMVP

HTPCNews 2006 PVR Card Guide

Posted on 25 August 2006 by

HTPCnews has posted the venerable HTPC community guru SpHeRe31459’s updated 2006 PVR Card Guide with tons of great up to date info on different chipsets like the Conexant (popular with Hauppauge cards) and ATI Theater x50 Pro Designs, ViXS (used in Nvidia DualTV and VistaView’s new PCIe Saber2020 card) , NEC, and WIS Designs.

“This guide is to give people the background information and pictures to understand what hardware MPEG2 encoding card they own or are thinking about owning. This guide started off with the need to explain to people which card was which. This is especially true for those considering buying from Internet auction sites. There have been many cases of vendors claiming to sell one card but in fact have a different card. This is to arm you the HTPC user with an understanding of what the differences are between the cards.

This is a rebuilt and revised edition for 2006 and made especially for the new HTPCnews content system. Enjoy!

First PCIe Dual TV Tuner coming to market: VistaView Saber 2020

First PCIe Dual TV Tuner coming to market: VistaView Saber 2020

Posted on 23 August 2006 by

Got the scoop on a new product coming to market early September. VistaView will be releasing the first analog dual tuner PCIe (pci express) TV card called the Saber 2020

Some quick features of note: It will be MCE compatible/certified for Windows MCE 2005. It’s low profile. Dual tuners (duh!). It’s hardware mpeg2 encoding of course, and is using the ViXS chipset, which is the same as the Nvidia DualTV card — except again this card is PCIe instead of regular PCI. The retail flavors will come with some PVR software which notably includes PIP (picture in picture) functionality. I think that about covers all my notes 🙂

So far there’s only been single tuner PCIe options on the market (notably ATI’s TheaterPro chipset). It’s good to see more options available to HTPC builders and to have more cards to put into these PCIe mostly dormant slots!

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