MythTV 0.24 Release Candidate 1


The Release Candidate 1 of MythTV 0.24 was released yesterday. It includes following major features:

  • support for 24 bit audio and HD audio formats,
  • initial Blu-ray disc support,
  • experimental support for CrystalHD hardware accelerated video decoding,
  • completely rewritten and themeable OSD (On Screen Display).

You can download the MythTV 0.24 Release Candidate 1 here.

yaVDR 0.3 is out!


Today the yaVDR 0.3 was released. yaVDR is an Ubuntu based distribution which joins popular DVB software VDR and popular HTPC software XBMC in one. This version is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and includes development version of VDR 1.7.16.

The most important new feature in the version 0.3 is pre-configuration of PVR settings of XBMC-VNSI during installation from ISO. Also the yaVDR 0.3 offers a new mechanism of waiting when all DVB devices will be ready before VDR starts, wakeup by USB remote control, a new Openbox based minimal desktop environment with Slide-In-Launcher menu on left side of the screen, a new VDR OSD default skin Anthra. Additionally more ready-to-install yavdr-addons were added the applications submen was redesigned.

To install yaVDR 0.3 download its ISO. To upgrade existing installation of yaVDR 0.2 just use apt-get:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Transfer media from PC/laptop to TV without wires

Wisair Wireless USB Audio/Video Adapter Set

Sometimes we’d like to watch movie or see photos from our notebook or PC directly on TV. Modern laptops have even HDMI output. So, it’s easy to connect them to TV. But again you need wires and stay near laptop to control playback or slide show. Wisair offers more convenient way for that. Using its Wireless USB Audio/Video Adapter Set you’ll able to send even 720p HD video without wires! Just plug USB transmitter to the laptop (or any PC) and connect the A/V receiver to your TV via HDMI or VGA. That’s it. Nice solution isn’t it?

For more details, please, see the press-release below.

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Another Android-based TV from Korea

Android 55″ LCD TV

Korean company NCPG announced its new line of LED HDTVs based on Android 1.5. The TVs will equiped with an ARM 833MHz Cortex 8A processor, USB port, HDMI, S-Video port, D-Sub, DVI and Component inputs, Ethernet port (not sure about WiFi).

The line will be includes 42″, 47″ and 55″ models. There is no any other information about price, availability or tech spec.

Elonex 7 Digital TV Photoframe

Digital TV Photoframe

The Elonex 7 Digital TV Photoframe can be a good Christmas present for home automation DIYers. For just about €50 you’ll get 7″ 16:9 photoframe with resolution 720 x 480 pixels with DVB-T TV tuner which turns that frame into small TV! It also includes a remote control and built-in stereo speakers as well as 3 in 1 Card Reader ( SD,MS,MMC) and USB port.

That amazing photoframe can be used as portable media player (it’ll work even in your care) or bathroom TV, as AutomatedHome suggests. But I’m not sure that hight humidity and hot steam won’t break the Elonex Photoframe. In any case, its price and features leaves much to the imagination.

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