Archive for November, 2006

Budget case for HTPC

HTPC

floppyhead.com offers three nice-looking HTPC cases with a price less than $100:

  • Antec Fusion ($95). Being 17.5″ wide, this case would look great with other stereo equipment. It has two internal drive bays for hard drives.
  • nMediaPC HTPC-200 ($99.99). This case is also a microATX case. Many reviews indicate that you should use a DVD drive that is shorter in length from a manuafacturer like Lite-on or Benq.

Note that all prices are from Newegg.com on November 21, 2006.

The only one very important (IMHO) feature is not presented in those cases. This is an IR receiver. This means that you have to use some external IR receiver to control your HTPC via remote. I don’t like this. In my mind, it’s better when it’s built-in. For example, into VDF display. But anyway, one of those cases is definitely good option to build home HTPC.
[via PVR Wire]

IPTV-ready HD DVR

IPTV-ready HD DVR

UK retailer Evesham introduced iPlayer, an 80GB DVR that can not only pump out HD resolution pictures but can be connected to the internet ready for IPTV-based video-on-demand services. The set-top box incorporates an HDMI port, a pair of SCART connectors, a six-pin Firewire port, a 3.5mm earphone socket and a digital optical output. It’s also got a Freeview digital TV tuner on board.

It’s implied that the unit can talk to Media Center PCs to grab content, and it will be able to take it from online sources too.

[via Reg Hardware]

MythTV Hacks

MathTV Hacks

MythTV, the open source Linux PVR software, is going to be a standard de-facto. The new book – “Hacking MythTV” may enunciate this thesis. You can buy it on Amazon just for £s;13.59.

For whom who’d like to get some MythTV hacks immediately ExtremeTech.com have published an extensive guide on how to export and convert recordings from your MythTV PVR to other devices. The guide is an excerpt from the “Hacking MythTV” and covers following topics:

  • How to browse your recordings outside MythTV and make sense of them based on filename alone
  • MythTV’s Recording Profiles,
  • Specific details on Export for Burning to DVD, Video CD, iPod, and More
  • Configuring Third-Party Components as Post-Processing Jobs and;
  • Wireless Networking in MythTV

Personally, I’m interested in using VDR. But I’m going to buy “MythTV Hacks” as well.
[via PVR Wire]

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Recently Epson lanched Endeavor ST100 micro PC. The 185 x 195 x 75 mm unit (it’s a bit bigger than Mac Mini) features packs an Intel Core 2 Duo (T7200, T7400, or T7600) processor, ATi’s Radeon Xpress 200M graphics chipset, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 40GB to 160GB SATA drive options, and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also sports a set of ports  including VGA, audio in / out, Ethernet, 56k modem, and six USB 2.0 ports with a pair of them being on the front panel.

The Endeavor ST100 micro PC will be sold in Japan at just ¥59,850 ($508).

[via Engadget]

PVR for Mac Mini

Apple tvmax

TVMax which is made by Miglia Technology brings you all the basic PVR features you would expect for a Mac including:

  • Watch, pause, rewind and skip forward Live TV, timeshift on your Mac.
  • Record and edit your favorite shows with a built in EPG (Electronic Program Guide).
  • One click Apple iPod (writes directly to iTunes) or Sony PSP export.
  • Hardware compression to MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX
  • Convert VHS and Hi8 tapes to DVD

It seems the TVMax is good solution till the Apple iTV is not ready. Detailed review of the TVMax is available here.

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