Oct 21 2010

Review - Diamond HD Mini Media Player

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Have you ever been on the road and wanted easy access to your content on that hotel TV or that projector at work and didn’t want to mess around hooking up your laptop? Want something ultra-portable,low cost and just works? The Diamond HD Mini Media Player (MP700) just might be that player you are looking for.

Oct 21 2010

News - Weekly Podcast Roundup, October 21st 2010

Here's the roundup of podcasts in the past week...Enjoy!

Is Ceton's TV Tuner shipping? Should I upgrade my upscaling DVD Player? Top 5 Alaskan movies. Are soundbars a good option for my system? And the Blu-ray releases for October 19th, 2010.

If you know of a podcast you would like added to the weekly roundup, please do e-mail me at mike (at) missingremote dot com and I'll make sure to add it's RSS to my list!

 

 

Oct 20 2010

News - MythTV .24 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

Tim passed along this new release from the MythTV folks for those of you enjoying this free HTPC software on Linux. Looks like some big strides.
MythTV .24 will include exciting new features such as a completely rewritten and themeable OSD (On Screen Display), support for 24 bit audio and HD audio formats, initial Blu-ray disc support, experimental support for CrystalHD hardware accelerated video decoding, and many other improvements. Technical users should feel welcome to make the plunge and help us stamp out the remaining bugs.

 

Oct 20 2010

News - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Tuner Sharing via Network Bridging


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For those that missed their podcast last night, Josh and Adam from The Digital Media Zone announced Network Tuner Sharing working in the latest Ceton InfiniTV4 Beta firmware.

While we can't comment too much on the implementation, I can confirm that it has been working well. Not only that, but it works on W7, Vail and Windows 2008 R2.

I know a lot of people are eager to see it working on Vail but honestly it is not very interesting to me. When using the InfiniTV4 on the Vail system you are limited to Network Bridging and assigning tuners to remote systems.  It is a great option if your primary HTPC doesn't have room for the InfiniTV4 but otherwise I don't see the network overheard being worth it.

What I did find very interesting is installing the Ceton InfiniTV4 in a Windows 2008 R2 (or Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) running Hyper-V.  If you setup network bridging between the InfiniTV and a Windows 7 private virtual networkcard then you can record and connect extenders to the InfiniTV4 via the virtualized HTPC.  I use this virtual W7 as my primary recording broker, PlayOn server and DLNA server.  My primary HTPC and bedrooms HTPC are setup to sleep and I don’t have to worry about them waking up to record or network issues potentially affecting recordings.

For SageTV users, I also have SageTV running on the virtual HTPC and working with the Ceton InfiniTV4 via Andy's SageMCTuner.  There is a ~20 second delay when tuning so while it may not be an ideal solution, for recorded content it not only works but is currently your only solution for enjoying CableCARD within SageTV.  Please note, SageMCTuner is limited to Copy-Freely content.

If you have any questions, I'll answer if I can but it will be limited to the experience.  I cannot answer questions on the implementation, it is a beta after all and things will change prior to public release.

 

Ever since CableLabs approved CableCARD devices to enable tuner sharing owners of the Ceton InfiniTV 4have been waiting for Ceton to release the firmware that would turn this functionality on. While it hasn’t been released to the public yet, beta testers of the quad tuner CableCARD device can now do just that. Tonight I installed the latest beta firmware, bridged the connection between the tuner card and my ethernet adapter, and setup a secondary PC to use the InfiniTV 4. Once everything is setup on both ends, you simply go through the standard guided setup process on the secondary PC(s) to setup the tuners, as you would any other tuner device. After that it works just like any other tv tuner. I was able to instantly start watching live HD television immediately, without any noticeable lag from the streams being broadcast across my network.

 

Oct 20 2010

News - Boxee Box Ships on Nov 10th


It is official, the Boxee Box by D-Link is shipping on Nov. 10.  And it will also come out of box with Boxee v1.0! If you are not a Cable or Satellite subscriber does it offer enough to migrate away from more traditional tuner-supporting HTPC software?

 

We just got final confirmation from D-Link that the Boxee Box will start shipping on Nov 10th. Boxee and D-Link will have a launch event in NYC to celebrate and demo the Boxee Box, complete with Boxee 1.0.

People who pre-ordered from Amazon should receive their Box as early as Nov 11. The Boxes should start appearing in stores on Nov 17th (if you are the type of person who can’t wait the extra week you should probably pre-order from Amazon today).

D-Link has gone the extra mile (or kilometer) and turned mid-November into a worldwide launch.  You can already pre-order the Boxee Box in Canada Australia/New Zealand UK and in other countries across Europe (these units will all start shipping on or shortly after the 10th).

 

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