Archive for July, 2008

New release of XMLTV

A few days ago new version of XMLTV was released. The changes of v. 0.5.52 are following:

  • tv_grab_uk_rt: lots of improvements.. should upgrade
  • tv_grab_re: better season/episode number handling
  • tv_grab_be: responding to source site changes
  • tv_grab_fr: better title detection
  • tv_grab_huro: now generates stop times
  • tv_grab_na_dtv: responding to source site changes
  • tv_grab_pt: responding to source site changes
  • tv_grab_za: improve episode tags
  • not working, removed: tv_grab_il, tv_grab_nl_wolf
  • some bugfixes and polish.

XMLTV is used in the PVR software such VDR or MythTV to get and parse EPG data.

[via MythTV News]

New HomeSeer controller

HomeSeer HomeTroller 2

HomeSeer is going to ship its new home controller – HomeTroller Series 2. The diskless and fanless unit is designed for low energy consumption. It provides an interface to the Lutron®, Leviton®, Z-Wave®, UPB®, Insteon® subsystems and can be controlled from in-wall button controllers, touchscreens, wireless remotes, microphones, PDAs, PocketPCs, telephones (voice and touch-tone control) and personal computers. Built-in web server offers easy way for unit configuration and access to the system from anywhere.

The HomeTroller Series 2 runs Embedded Windows XP w/HSProtectâ„¢ and HomeSeer HS2+ w/HSSentryâ„¢ software. The price is $895.00.

Fedora-based commercial HTPC

Encore Cirgon

New Linux-based commercial media center is gonna be ship in August. The Cirgon supports 1080i HD resolution and offers 320GB, 500GB, and 750GB hard drive options together with controls management and playback of music, photos, and video. The full spec of HTPC is available here. The price is starting at $2000.

Personally I’m happy to see another commercial product which uses Linux as operation system (Fedora in case of Cirgon). But as I see that HTPC misses a few important features. First of all, Cirgon is designed for HDTV. But it offers DVI output and not HDMI. Also the HTPC equiped by 10/100 Base-T Ethernet while Gigabit LAN is a standard de-facto now. And the last but important missed feature is PVR. This means that Cirgon cannot play, record and paused LiveTV. Taking into account the price Cirgon and missed features in my opinion it might be more reasonable to buy Popcorn Hour instead of it or build your own box based on VDR or MythTV.

In any case, it’s good tendency that producers started to use Linux for their commercial media centers.

[via LinuxDevices]

iLoveControl love iPhone and Crestron


Exceptional Home Automation – Crestron programmer company, has released its new product – iLoveControl. The iLoveControl provides an user interface for iPhone/iPod Touch to control Crestron home automation systems. The basic configuration of that interface can be done via web site. Using the web form it’s possible to add there up to 16 zones of audio, video, lights, drapes and HVAC as well as define media sources such as CD players, satellite receivers, iPods, Kaleidescape and other media servers and tuners.

iLoveControl is fully customizable and can be integrated with many IP-based home automation systems such Crestron, AMX, Control4, Lifeware, Lutron and NetStreams. Maybe somebody can try it with LinuxMCE which is also uses TCP/IP for communication between devices.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Fiire announced its new products


After a few months silence Fiire has announced its new products for LinuxMCE smarthome system. They include Fiire12TB, FiirePrestigio, FiirePrestigio Lite and FiireInvisible.

New core Fiire12TB comes now with 12TB storage with built-in RAID to store media content. Additionally the box sports Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB system HDD, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 HD Audio with analog, SPDIF optical and coax/RCA, nVidia 7150 graphics with HDMI and VGA connectors and DVD RW. It’s quiet and low-heat/power model and fits in a standard A/V rack. The price of Fiire12TB is $1899 without HDD for media storage.

FiirePrestige is an elegant media director fitted into aluminum case a built-in VFD display and i/r receiver. It’s equiped by Intel® Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD (to use it as a core), Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 HD audio, with analog and SPDIF coax/RCA fro digital audio, nVidia 7150 graphics with HDMI output, DVD RW. The FiirePrestige Lite has the same spec except luxury case and VFD display. The price of FiirePrestige and FiirePrestige Lite is $899 and $549 respectively.

FiireInvisible is a slim 2″ silent VESA and Wall mount media director. It features AMD BE 2400 processor, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD (for core/hybrid installation), Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 HD audio, with analog and SPDIF coax/RCA fro digital audio, nVidia 7050 graphics with HDMI, VGA, Component and S-video connectors. Plus VESA and WALL mounting kit is included into package. The price of FiireInvisible is $799.

Fiire core and media director use noiseless components and support HD (1080i), de-interlacing, OpenGL 3D effects, and alpha blending. Also all media directors can be used as core/hybrid as well. Core (Fiire12TB or some of media directors with HDD) comes with pre-installed and pre-configured LinuxMCE 0710.

It seems Fiire took in to account negative experience with its previous hardware. Especially with FiireStation 1″ and 2.2″. According to opinion of folks who bought previous Fiire stuff, only remote with gyroscope FiireChief was a good acquisition. Hope the new Fiire products justify hopes and spent money.

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