Archive for January, 2009

DIY: build HTPC from TiVo box


If you have TiVo box but don’t use it by some reason don’t sell it or throw out. Have a look that amazing DIY project which might help you to build full-blown HTPC based on TiVo box. Sure it isn’t so easy as buy a new case for media center. But if you have time, will and familiar with tooling follow by recommendations from that project and create unique HTPC for your living room.

The TiVo HTPC is run XBMC from USB flash drive and allows to play 1080p Blu-ray rips at full speed and upscale DVD rips to 720p. Following hardware is used there:

  • ASUS P5N-EM HDMI nvidia nforce 7100 chipset
  • Intel CORE 2 DUO E8400 3.0GHz
  • 2GB DDR2 800
  • TRANSCEND Jetflash v10 4gb USB 2.0 flash drive
  • HEC 250W Flex ATX 12V PSU

[via eHomeUpgrade]

ATI Catalyst 9.1 is out!

Catalyst logo

New version of proprietary ATI Catalyst 9.1 video drivers for Linux was released recently. There is a few main changes such as:

  • Support for New Linux Operating Systems
  • Full OpenGLâ„¢ 3.0 Support
  • Hybrid CrossFireâ„¢ support for Linux
  • Multiview Support

Additionally it was improved support of ATI Radeon HD 3200 – video adaptor which gives a lot of troubles for LinuxMCE users. So, try that newest drivers. Maybe they will solve your problems.

Video presentation of Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV

Philips Cinema 21:9

The Philips’ ultra wide screen 56-inch HDTV with aspect ration 21:9 was presented in London. Have a look video. It’s really amazing TV! There is still no published specification except information about five HDMI inputs (wow, HD era is already came).

The Cinema 21:9 HDTV is gonna be available this Spring at an estimated £3,000 ($4,276) price tag.

[via Engadget]

VUDU and iPhone: friends forever!


VUDU subscribers recently got possibility to control their STB, browse move catalog, rent or purchase desire movie directly from iPhone or iPod Touch. It seems that support of Apple smartphone became a standard de-facto. Many producers of home automation systems such Crestron, Lutron, Control4 and etc provide iPhone App to control their systems. The VUDU iPhone App is good addition to that list.

BTW I like the VUDU approach to use pear-to pear technology to transfer rented or purchased movie to the customers. It makes the process of downloading faster and loading of VUDU servers less.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Videodecoder-Board for Linux-based Media Centers

Extension-HD Linux

Reel Multimedia offers to all Linux users its videodecoder board Extension-HD. It allows to use low performance PCs to display High Definition TV in MPEG-4 with resolutions of 1280×720 (720p) and 1920×1080 (1080i). The board is equiped by two video outputs: HDMI and YUV. So, it can be connected to both modern LCD/Plasma and old TVs.

The Extension-HD is low-profile PCI card which allows to install it even in compact case. Its power consumption is about 10W. The board is supported in kernel 2.6.22 and above. VDR can work with it via plugin eHD Reelbox

The price of Extension-HD is €159.00.

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