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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

That PVR Sure is a Hungry Little Device

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.neowin.net/news/cable-bo...n-refrigerators

"It’s no surprise that the use of DVRs is increasing as more and more people become used to time-shifting instead of watching television on the networks’ schedule. DVRs are compared to competitors so that customers can find the best fit for their lives. Now the New York Times is reporting something that may surprise many people: Your set-top boxes consume more energy in a year than your refrigerator."

Unless you want to go through a whole bunch of tweaking and limitations, if you have cable, or even satellite TV, your options for a PVR are usually quite limited. It comes as no surprise then that those boxes that your Cable/Satellite provider hoists on you is hardly the bastion of energy efficiency. Sure, you could turn the PVR off, but powered off, it really is limited in what shows it can record for you. The current implementation of the PVR will probably disappear in several years with the rise of streaming and other efficient ways of delivering video. Until then, I guess the convenience of being able to watch Dancing with the Stars whenever you want will cost you a pretty penny.

Tags: hardware, dvr, cable, pvr

Friday, May 13, 2011

Shaw Launches New Mega-PVR: Six HD Tuners!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:40 AM

http://www.digitalhome.ca/2011/05/s...hes-in-calgary/

"In Calgary last week, without any fanfare, Shaw Cable launched the Shaw Gateway made by Arris which offers Shaw digital cable customers a Whole Home High Definition Personal Video Recording (HD PVR) solution. At the heart of the system is the Gateway, a digital set top box type device which connects to the cable coming into your home and acts as a server or central hub to the rest of the system. Inside the Gateway is all the processing power, hardware necessary to deliver and store high definition video signals plus a phone terminal for digital phone service, a DOCSIS 3 modem for internet service and a battery backup. Inside the Gateway is 500GB of storage and Shaw's says you'll be able to add external hard drives to the system for an additional six terabytes of storage."

If you live in Western Canada, I can confidently say you've probably seen the Telus Optik TV commercials. Telus has made significant inroads with IPTV over the past couple of years, and their new Optik TV system is based on Microsoft's MediaRoom platform. Shaw Communications has had basically the same PVR platform for almost a decade now - the user interface and functionality on the Motorola PVR I have now (I'm a Shaw customer) is virtually unchanged from the very first one they launched so very long ago. Quite frankly, that has made me rather grumpy as a customer - I've watched, somewhat enviously, as Telus has promoted Optik TV features I've love to have. Read more...


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tivo Premiere Brings On-Demand Content Into The Mix

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:07 PM

If you're a Tivo fan, there's some really great stuff that has been announced tonight. Engadget has the live event coverage - though it was kind of boring and short compared to the other stuff they tend to cover - and they have the details on the new Tivo Premiere along with some images and a brief hands-on. This looks pretty impressive actually - it blends YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, and other content. I can't get too excited about it though until a cable provider in Canada decides to pick it up...


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cablevision Wins Network DVR Case

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

http://news.cnet.com/Supreme-Court-...HeadlinesArea.0

"The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to the television networks when it declined to hear a case about a digital video recorder technology, opening the gate for wider use of DVR systems. The case began in 2006 when Cablevision Systems, the New York-area cable operator, announced plans for what is called a network DVR system."

The decision paves the way for Cablevision to implement its network DVR system across all of its customers. The setup is fairly clever and looks like a great way to provide DVR abilities to everyone without a costly investment of hard drive based PVRs. I have concerns that the technology may end up being locked to just one provider, instead of being available to all cable companies. I suppose you could consider this the moment of when DVR starts moving into the "cloud." With everyone hosting their emails, documents, spreadsheets, personal videos and social life online, it was only a matter of time before our tv shows made that transition. The market must be limited though, since I imagine this would only be preferred by those with limited or no Internet access since streaming solutions provide a comparable service.

Tags: dvr, pvr, cablevision

Friday, February 6, 2009

Record All Your TV With the Hauppauge HD-PVR

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.geektonic.com/2008/06/ha...od-bad-and.html

"After more than a week with my HD-PVR I can now say that my excitement has not waned. This thing brings all the channels: HD, digital, SD – everything to the HTPC user without needing to worry about CableCard, broadcast flags or other DRM issues. I’m still working out the final details for my complete review of the device, but had a few points I wanted to mention to the readers on the HD-PVR. I just watched the movie: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” this week so bear with me as I follow that theme…"

Those of you with media centers should be well aware of the ugly problems that DRM can cause. From incorrectly set broadcast flags preventing you from saving your favourite TV show to problems with CableCard, DRM and related technologies make it difficult for those who want to benefit from what media center software can offer. GeekTonic has posted a workaround that uses the Hauppauge HD-PVR to circumvent all these problems through use of the analog hole. It works by taking the digital signal, converting it to a purely analog signal, and then re-encoded into a digital format. The process pretty much strips the video of any DRM and with this hack, the apparent loss in quality is minimal, letting you record and enjoy anything from your cable box, satellite tv, etc. without any worries of that ugly message telling you can you can't record, or even worse, finding your recorded tv shows folder empty!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Lifehacker Picks The Best DVR Software

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5128408/six-b...vr-applications

"Earlier this week we asked you to share you favorite DVR applications, and now we're back with the six most popular answers. This week's Hive Five Call for Contenders was one of our tightest races yet, which is why we're featuring six popular DVR apps instead of the standard five."

Lifehacker's most recent Hive Five asked their readers what their favourite DVR applications where and the results are in! Their six choices will not surprise anyone who has looked into setting up their own media center, however, only one hardware solution made the list. I am a Windows Media Center person, but I've used all the choices they have listed at some point or another and they are all solid choices. It should be noted that two of the choices are also free, meaning all that is required to set up your existing computer as a DVR is a capture card. Is anyone out there looking to set up a home media center?


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hauppauge Intros PC HD Video Recorder

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://news.digitaltrends.com/news/story/15395/hauppauge_intros_pc_hd_video_recorder

"Hauppauge obviously decided to leave one big surprise until later in the week at CES. Yesterday it introduced an HD video recorder for the PC, known as the HD PVR. It connects to the computer via USB, and records HD TV in real time, converting into the ISO standard H.264 format. The HD PVR can connect to high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box receivers using standard component cables...it can also create AVCHD recordings (the format used on Blu-ray high definition players). As part of the software applications which will be shipped with Hauppauge's HD encoder, a DVD burning application will be provided which can take AVCHD formatted recordings and burn them onto a conventional DVD disc. These discs can then be played in Blu-ray DVD players. About 2 hours of Blu-ray HD content can be recorded on a 4.7 GB DVD disk."


I like the idea of a PVR device for my computer that works with my cable box, but not if it takes complete control of the box itself. In order to record two different shows at the same time, I'd need two HD PVRs and two cable boxes. That seems like overkill if you ask me. I'll take a TiVo HD instead, thanks. Now that this WILL be good for is capturing video from component video sources such as game consoles or HD DVD/Blu-Ray players for archiving or encoding to H.264. I haven't seen a reasonably priced HD capture device on the market up 'til now.


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