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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: PVR vs DVR vs HTPC

Posted on 18 November 2012

Does it matter whether you call your personal media machine a PVR, DVR or HTPC? No, not at all, but knowing the slight, sometimes very subjective difference may help you in finding the right information and help. So lets take a closer look. (more…) Continue Reading

PVR Support for the Raspberry Pi


PVR Support for the Raspberry Pi

Posted on 03 September 2012

Raspbmc is an XBMC build for the Raspberry Pi. Recently the developers also integrated the PVR support, which is a truly impressive feat.   (more…) Continue Reading

Pulse-Eight, the Business of HTPC

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Pulse-Eight, the Business of HTPC

Posted on 13 June 2012

For most of us, building our PVRs and HTPCs is a hobby. For Pulse-Eight it’s a business. (more…) Continue Reading


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

Posted on 24 January 2007

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, […] Continue Reading

ReplayTV PC Edition Unveiled Today


ReplayTV PC Edition Unveiled Today

Posted on 28 June 2006

ReplayTV is demonstrating their new ReplayTV PC Edition DVR Software From the press release: “ReplayTV PC Edition DVR provides a breathtaking advance over prior DVR experiences – offering an intuitive solution that is powerful yet easy-to-use, so viewers can spend less time manipulating and managing their DVR, and more time watching their favorite TV programming. […] Continue Reading


SnapStream BeyondTV 4.3 Released: DivX 6.1 & ATI Theater 650 Support!

Posted on 08 June 2006

The SnapStream folks are very busy today it seems… with an update to their BeyondTV PVR Software to version 4.3. They sent us this snippet describing what’s new: “Some of the new things in Beyond TV 4.3 are: * Enhanced HDTV support: We now support ShowSqueeze for HDTV recordings, so you can save more HDTV […] Continue Reading


Nvidia DualTV MCE Dual Tuner Card Review

Posted on 30 May 2006

Finally there’s a comprehensive and reputable review of Nvidia’s DualTV MCE dual tuner card penned by SpHeRe31459 over at the newly redesigned HTPCnews! There’s a lot of information to soak in as Sphere’s review of the DualTV is very thorough as usual. There’s also lots of yummy pictures for those of you with shorter attention […] Continue Reading

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2PartsFusion Giveaway Reminder — OVER! Winner Drawn!

Posted on 25 February 2006

this giveaway is now closed!! Congratulations to JustMichael for being the lucky participant drawn randomly from the database! Thanks again to 2 Parts Fusion for sponsoring the giveaway. 2 Parts Fusion, builders of fine customized Media Servers, has stepped to the plate and sponsored an ultra cool bundle of PVR components to giveaway at BYOPVR […] Continue Reading

Video Cards, Tuners & Encoders

Nvidia CES roundup: HDMI, HDTV, h.264 oh my!

Posted on 12 January 2006

Lots of news out of the Nvidia camp from CES 2006. First up, Nvidia delivers first HDMI video card solution for Sony HTPC (press release) Nvidia demo’s hardware accelerated h.264 forceware drivers for both 6xxx and 7xxx gpu’s! “NVIDIA showed us a demo of their upcoming Forceware drivers with support for hardware accelerated h.264 decoding. […] Continue Reading

IR InfraRed

Open Source IR Mapping Software: Remote 2 Key

Posted on 11 January 2006

Control your PVR with Remote 2 Key It’s similar in concept to Girder, it’s free and it’s open source. Remote 2 Key allows you to control your computer with a remote control. It converts IR signals from your remote control into key strokes using customizable mapping files. It’s similar in concept to Girder. Remote 2 […] Continue Reading