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Meedio Update on MeedioTV Progress

Posted on 22 October 2004 by

Meedio (formerly myHTPC) has posted an update on the status of their MeedioTV PVR plugin for their HTPC frontend media center software.

From the announcement:

“Although our development plan for Meedio TV is mostly on track we will be moving the schedule out slightly. We now expect the first pre-release version of Meedio TV to be distributed on or before Saturday, October 30. This will be a free download but will be limited in functionality and hardware support so that we can concentrate on testing some of the basic components first. While we encourage everyone to post their experiences to the forum we may not be able to respond to support questions until the final version is released.

(read more or go to the Meedio announcment thread)


(announcement text continued)

There will likely be several pre-release versions distributed before the final release. We expect the final version to be complete by the end of November, and to be followed by two free updates which will include additional features. During the pre-release period we will be offering users the option of purchasing Meedio TV licenses at a discount. Those licenses will be valid for all release and pre-release versions; otherwise the pre-release versions will expire when the final version is distributed.

Below is a list of the features that we expect to be provided in each release (A ‘?’ means it may be included but is at risk):



Feature Pre Final Update
Release #1 Release

* Installation as a standalone * * *
application or bundled with Meedio
Essentials

* EPG data from Tribune (US & * * *
Canada)

* Time shifting (pause live TV) * * *

* Ability to search for programs * * *
by title, time, channel, actor,
keyword, etc.

* Manual recordings * * *

* Recordings automatically added to * * *
media library so that the full power
of the media module can be used to
browse them and perform searches.

* VideoText * *

* EPG data from other regional * *
providers (thru resellers)

* EPG data from DVB stream * *

* EPG data from XMLTV * *

* TV scheduler with support for * *
multiple groups

* Support for scheduling suggestions. * *

* Season tickets * *

* Automatic recording by keyword * *
(Record all programs that match
some criteria)

* Interface to external tuners * *
(to change channels on your cable or
satellite receiver)

* Support for various Analog video
capture cards with or without
hardware MPEG encoding:
- Adaptec VideOh! Media Center ? *
- ADS Tech Instant TV Deluxe ? *
- ADS Tech Instant TV ? *
- ASUS ? *
- ATI TV Wonder ? *
- ATI All-in-Wonder * *
- AVerMedia ? *
- Emuzed ? *
- Hauppauge WinTV Express * *
- Hauppauge WinTV PCI FM with BT8x8 * *
- Hauppauge WinTV Primio-FM * *
- Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 * *
- Hauppauge WinTV PVR 250 * * *
- Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350 * * *
- Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 ? * *
- I/O Magic PC PVR ? *
- KNC One TV-Station * *
- KNC One TV-Station FM * *
- KNC One TV-Station RDS * *
- LeadTek ? *
- LifeView FlyVideo 98 (PCI) ? *
- LSILogic ? *
- Medion LT 9415 * *
- Medion MD 5044 * *
- Medion MD 9415 * *
- Medion MD 9592 * *
- Medion MD 9717 * *
- nVidia ? *
- Pinnacle PCTV Pro with BT8x8 * *
- Pinnacle PCTV Stereo with BT8x8 * *
- Sigma Designs ? *
- Terratec Cinergy 200 TV * *
- Terratec Cinergy 400 TV * *
- Terratec Cinergy 600 TV * *
- Typhoon TV TUNER FM Stereo * *
- Typhoon TV TUNER RDS * *
- Typhoon TV TUNER Standard * *

* Support for DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-T
capture cards:
- Digital Everywhere ? *
- Fujitsu Siemens DVB-C * *
- Galaxis DVB PC-Sat * *
- Hauppauge WinTV-Nexus-C * *
- Hauppauge WinTV-Nexus-S * *
- Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-C * *
- Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-S * *
- Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-S-CI * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-C * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-C+ * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-S * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-S+ * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-T * *
- KNC One TV-Station DVB-T+ * *
- Nebula DigiTV ? *
- Satelco Budget DVB-S * *
- Technisat Skystar 1 * *
- Technisat Skystar 2 * *
- Technotrend PCLine Budget DVB-C * *
- Technotrend PCLine Budget DVB-S * *
- Technotrend PCLine Budget DVB-S-CI * *
- Technotrend PCLine Premium DVB-C * *
- Technotrend PCLine Premium DVB-S * *
- Typhoon TV SAT DVB-S * *

* Recorder architecture that can perform *
the scheduled recordings when Meedio
is not running.

* Support for multiple tuners *

* Web interface for viewing epg and *
schedule, recording schedules and even
watch recordings

* Support for re-enconding recorded shows *
on the fly (or automatically later)

* Commercial detection (place markers in *
recording or additional file)

* Parental controls *

* Support for remote tuners (tuners on *
other machines)

* Streaming video from remote tuners *

* HDTV tuner support *

Note that many of the hardware devices may actually work before the final release but we would like to focus our first pre-release testing on the Hauppauge cards.

As mentioned previously, Meedio TV will be sold as a standalone application for $59.95 or in a bundle with Meedio Essentials for $99.95. Users who were registered on our forums prior to July 27, 2004 are eligible for a discount (check your eligibility here). Existing users of Meedio Essentials will be able to upgrade to the Meedio bundle for the difference between the two prices – i.e. $40 less any applicable discounts.

Below are some screenshots of the current version which was shown at DigitalLife. The theme is a simple default theme which of course can be customized. Meedio TV will support the same theme capabilities as Meedio Essentials, and when bundled with Meedio Essentials will support the same plugin capabilities.”