Archive for May, 2010

More Than Just a Satellite Dish


One of the easiest way to watch a big number of TV channels is to install satellite dish. Usually consumers just get satellite receiver – plain or with PVR, and that’s it. But some companies offers more. One of them is Except a wide range of TV channels and unique devices like dual-tuners receivers, it offers additional equipment and services such Slingbox and remote access from PC or smartphone allowed to browse EPG, manage timers or playback recorded TV shows.

Check the Dish Network Equipment page for more info.

UPDATE: After official announcing of Google TV we known that Dish Network was named as an one of the Google TV partners!

Run Ubuntu and XBMC on PS3

As you may know Sony removed OtherOS feature from the latest PS3 firmware to avoid installation any other OS there. But madshaun1984 found the way to bypass that restriction. He was able to install Ubuntu and XBMC on the PS3. Here is a short instruction how to do it. Cool hack but without a practical application in my opinion. I think using PS3 as HTPC is a controversial decision. First of all it’s very noisy. When you play game it doesn’t matter. But when you watch non-action movie it can be really annoying. Secondly, the PS3 should be reboot if you want to watch movie after game or vice versa. It’d be much more convenient to buy or assemble compact, noiseless and non-expensive HTPC based on nVidia Ion and enjoy movies with it and games with PS3.

[via Engadget]

Asus reveals All-In-One Touchscreen PC

Asus  All-In-One PC

ASUS announced its all-in-one EEE desktop PC. It’s powered on AMD Athlon II X2 250u 1.6GHz Processor and includes 2GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5470, 500GB HDD, DVD RW. Additionally the all-in-one EEE desktop PC sports 1.3-megapixel webcam, b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, two USB ports, a 3-in-one card reader, and it comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

The new ASUS is equiped with 20″ 16:9 Widescreen HD+ LCD 1600 x 900 with Multi-Touch Capable . That feature allows to use it as control panel for home automation system. Especially comparing its price ($600-$700) and the price of original AMX or Crestron control panels.

[via Trusted Deals]

Hauppauge announced the MediaMVP-HD Digital Media Player

Hauppauge MediaMVP-HD Digital Media Player

Hauppauge has added a new model to their MediaMVP product lineup – MediaMVP-HD Digital Media Player. It’ll allow to playback FullHD video content from the attached USB storage and network shares. Except HDMI ouput, MediaMVP-HD also provides component, composite, and S-Video video connections. I suspect that new HD player will also be supported by MediaMVP Media Center (mvpmc) to provide consumers a choice between proprietary and open source environment. Also don’t forget that MediaMVP can function as MythTV frontend using mvpmc. So, it’d be nice to get the $149.99 MythTV client with 1080p support.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

WD TV Live HD supports ‘Play To’ functionality


Western Digital adds a compatibility with Windows 7 function ‘Play To’ to their network HD media player. It allows to push any supported media right to the player from any PC run Windows 7. That function together with reasonable price in $149.99 makes WD TV Live HD media player very attractive for the Windows 7 users.

[via Engadget]

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