Another HD theme for MythTV


Metallurgy is a wide screen theme for MythTV. It fully supports ratio 16:9, even for OSD (On-Screen Display). Additionally, the theme is available in four colors: Blue, Red, Green and Purple and uses transparency to show OSD.

Metallurgy is supposed to be used in Mythtv 0.21 (dev). So, you have to build it from the source to be able to test that theme.

P. S. Developers of Metallurgy are not going to release the version for ratio 4:3. That fact pushes me to think about buying at least HD-Ready Plasma of LCD TV.

Matrixstream launches 1080p IPTV HD Mpeg 4 AVC / H.264 Encoder

IMX e4080HD H.264

San Mateo, California – September 28th , 2007 – MatrixStream Technologies, Inc., known for its end-to-end IPTV platform that instantly streams high definition (“HD”) video over any best effort broadband network without quality of service, proudly announces the introduction of an encoder suited for 1080p videos, dubbed the IMX e4080HD.

The IMX e4080HD encoder allows IPTV providers to encode and instantly stream live video feeds in real-time Full HD 1080p 24 and 30 frames per second at 3.5mbps. Currently broadcasters commonly transmit interlaced HD video (1080i) which translates to content loaded with artifacts and blurry video images, especially with sports or fast action oriented content. With the IMX e4080HD encoder, video is transmitted progressively so that the viewing audience can behold video free from artifacts and at the highest resolution possible on a given HD television screen. Furthermore, the IMX e4080HD encoder will allow IPTV operators to deploy the highest quality HD 1080p videos over the Internet utilizing MatrixStream’s end-to-end IPTV XMS streaming products.

“This new development will allow MatrixStream’s clients to deploy quickly and rapidly scale their HD video on demand and TV channel offerings to millions of users on a robust platform that is far more economical than systems currently offered by cable or satellite providers” says Jack Chung, CEO of MatrixStream. Demonstrations of MatrixStream’s latest HD IPTV platform will be made available at CEATEC Japan, scheduled from October 2nd – 6th 2007, booth 10A88, hosted by Fujisoft, Inc., a partner company of MatrixStream. To view a video demo of MatrixStream’s HD IPTV platform TV interface, go to:

About MatrixStream Technologies, Inc.

MatrixStream Technologies, Inc., offers a complete end-to-end VOD and IPTV platform solution, utilizing patent pending XMS-HD technology that delivers DVD and HDTV quality videos over any broadband IP network to the viewing
audience. Currently, MatrixStream is working with 25 major broadband service providers around the world. For more information, please visit

Sony whole house HD entertainment systems

Sony NHS series

Recently Sony introduced new generation of its whole house hight definition audio/video entertainment systems: NHS-1040, NHS-2040 and NHS-3040. They include following features:

  • 7.1 HDMI home theater
  • Twelve additional HD video zones (six additional HD video zones for NHS-1040 and NHS-2040)
  • Built-in support to add an HD cable or satellite receiver
  • An 80 GB music storage and management server
  • A 400-disc DVD changer with management system (NHS-2040 and NHS- 3040)
  • AM/FM tuner
  • XM Satellite Radio(TM) support
  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • Three additional auxiliary inputs
  • Three zone expansion

Sony promotes the NHS series as “ideal for builders and installers because they reduce time spent on procurement and integrating individual components, and offer the consumer a whole house HD solution with all the features of custom installation without the custom price tag“.

The NHS-3040, NHS-2040 and NHS-1040 will be available in the third quarter of 2007. No any words about the price.

[via HiddenWires]

A New Flagship Home Controller HC-300

Control4 Unveils New Flagship Home Controller HC-300

Control4, the leader in affordable IP-based home control and entertainment systems, recently launched the Control4® Home Controller HC-300. Building upon the success of the best selling first-generation Home Theater Controller, the HC-300 sets the benchmark for whole-home automation products from both a cost and new feature perspective:

  • HD on-screen output, significantly enhancing the visually intuitive Control4 graphic interface for controlling the home
  • An entirely new industrial design with an anodized black aluminum chassis and a glossy black faceplate circled with warm metallic nickel accents
  • Two serial ports (DB9) for increased flexibility in controlling serial-capable devices
  • Increased processing capabilities for handling larger media databases and other processor intensive applications
  • WiFi expansion capabilities via USB WiFi adapter accessory kit
  • Backwards compatibility with all Control4 products

The HC-300 offers a comprehensive range of standards-based communication technology including Ethernet, WiFi, and ZigBee mesh networking and expansion through two standard USB 2.0 ports. In addition to managing the home theater, the Home Controller HC-300 is capable of controlling multi-room music, smart lighting, advanced temperature control, security, and many other home automation sub-systems.

The HC-300 is expected to ship in July with a list price of $699.

[via eHomeUpgrade and CEPro]

Hannibal HTPC


Here is an interesting HTPC used MythTV – Hannibal. Just for $549.00 you may get native 1080i output, DVI, VGA, Component, S-video, composite outputs, 5.1 Digital Spdif coaxial output, all features of MythTV included built in possibility of Bit Torrent downloads. Hannibal features Intel Celeron D 310 Processor @ 2.16 Ghz, 256 MB Ram, 80 GB Hard Drive, Geforce 6200 128Mb 8X Video Card, CD/DVD RW, VFD display and Sony remote. The HTPC also has wireless out of the box. It just doesn’t include TV tuner but you can bye any you need and install it.

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