Nov 06 2015

News - Mac Computers Have Annoying Issue with USB 3.0 Audio

I don't own a Mac, so this issue is news to me. It's not clear in the write up if the USB issue is isolated to DACs or other devices as well.

Nov 04 2015

News - TechReport Reviews Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970

If integrated graphics won't cut it for your mini HTPC needs, something like the Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 might be just the thing. I haven't had the best experience with Zotac's BIOS support lifecycle, so make sure to do your research and pick something you'll be happy with long term.

Oct 28 2015

News - Zotac Announce Two Zbox Braswell Mini-PC

Looking for a cheap OpenELEC or HTPC streamer? You could do worse than a Braswell (Atom) based system, and Zotac just announced two new boxes, in two different formats.

These new systems use Intel's Atom N3150 SoC, part of the Braswell family of products. The N3150 contains four low-power CPU cores, rated with a max TDP of 6 W, operating at 1.6 GHz. The CPU cores can also increase their clock speed to 2.08 GHz for short periods. The CPU cores share a 2 MB pool of L2 cache and can access up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory over a 64-bit interface.

Tom's Hardware

May 18 2015

News - SiliconDust Annouces Kickstarter Campaign for HDHomeRun DVR

I have to admit to being struck a bit speechless by the scope of the HDHomeRun DVR project here are some highlights, but frankly there's so much awesome that it's probably best to check out the Kickstarter page for the full scoop.

  • Will supprot projected CableCARD content
  • Backends for Windows, Mac, Linux, WD MyCloud NAS, & QNAP NAS
  • Clients for Windows, Mac, & Android
  • Potential clients for Kodi & iOS
  • US, Canada, UK, & Australia regions supported
  • Update: Plex Support, Direct DVR playing, Live TV Channel Support



I got a chance to ask SD about the time frames for the project:

Target is Fall / Holiday release for  US / CA / UK / AU  with European  regional EPG roll outs after that  (not the  HDHR4-2DT level for DVB-T and T2 customers)
if stretch goal are met then we will continue to develop on iOS and Kodi  and work with other desired devices...

UPDATE 5/18:

Less than 2 days left in the Kickstarter campaign, so help them out if you haven't yet checked out the plan!

UPDATE 5/19:

They passed the PLEX flex goal, and we will not see Live TV and DVR connection right in PLEX for all the platforms. They are working with PLEX to make this happen faster. Stay tuned, we are getting a release calendar from SiliconDust to help with any confusion. -Kyle


SiliconDust is working directly with Plex for playback support for DVR content in the native application, Live TV in a Plex Channel, and Scheduling of Recording right inside Plex.

Release calendar:

First Beta for software in June, Plex playback soon after first release, full Plex Channel in July. Shooting for early fall for Official Release.

Jan 14 2015

News - Intel @ CES 2015

Intel is moving hard into small, low power devices and that was evident in what they were showing at CES this year. We started out with tablets, but the really interesting stuff started when the new Broadwell NUC came out.

Jan 12 2015

News - Inteset PC-IRS5-01 - Kickstarter

We get a lot of PR for Kickstarter campaigns, and I can't remember ever posting one here on the site. I am prepared to make an exception for the Inteset PC-IRS5-01 because it could fill the HTPC CIR gap created when Intel left the retail motherboard market.

There are several backing levels starting at $39 which, TBH is a bit pricey for IR, but seeing as it will support wake from S4/S5 it might be just the thing you've been looking for. Either way, I'm in and crossing my fingers that once funded the price will come down for future buyers.

Apr 17 2014

News - Microsoft Releases New Wireless Keyboard for Couch Users

Microsoft is releasing a new All-in-One Media Keyboard (N9Z-00001) for people that want to use their computers from the couch. It has a built in touch pad and a 30 foot range. They are calling it a media keyboard, it doesn't look like it is full size, but it would be a great option for all of the HTPC users. Check it out and let us know what you think. Looks like it will be out in a few weeks based off Amazon listing. MSRP $39.95 and this Keyboard will work with Smart TV's and Game Consoles too.


The All-in-One Media Keyboard is the perfect device for your living room or home office. It has a full-size keyset and an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease. It has customizable media hotkeys that put the web and your favorite music, photos, and movies at your fingertips. The keyboard also has a durable design, so there's no need to sweat the bumps, drops, or spills of everyday life. The All-in-One Media Keyboard is all you need for comfortable typing and effortless navigation.

Microsoft Site

Mar 13 2014

News - Plex New Update includes Chromecast for All

Plex has released an update to the mobile apps today for Android and iOS devices. They hadve added Chromecast to both platforms and you no longer have to be a Plex Pass member to reapPlex Logo the benefits. We are going to be talking about Chromecast this week on the podcast, recorded Live every Sunday evening. We are excited to finally see this option out to the masses, Missing Remote checked it out at CES and it had a ton of potential. They have also releasing Music shuffle and Camera upload from your mobile device to your server to view your pictures on your Plex devices and listen to your music anywhere. Check out the update in the App stores and come back and let us know what you think. Check out the link to the post below.


Mar 07 2014

News - XBMC v13.0 "Gotham" Beta Now Available

XBMC Gotham Beta

It has been more than a year in the making, but the first public beta for XBMC v13.0, codenamed "Gotham", is now available. The new version of XBMC brings a host of updates and changes. The development team is promising major updates to the Audio Engine that was introduced in v12.0, as well as a revamped settings page with more granular options for advanced users. The new version should also offer better performance for Android and Raspberry Pi users, as well as better support for 3D movies. The usual beta software caveats do apply and many of add-on developers are still working to add support, but if you have been itching to play with something new, this might a be good time to hop in and see where XBMC is headed this year.

Yet More Features

  • Update to FFMPEG v1.2 which we use for audio/video playback
  • Stereo audio can now be upmixed to 5.1 and sent through optical/SPDIF devices
  • Various visual changes throughout the skin which should improve usability and logic.
  • Improve the handling of subtitle downloading and selection
  • Extend and improve the User-interface Engine which developers use to create a variety of skins to be used.


Jan 13 2014

News - Zotac @ CES 2014

Zotac made a name for itself with small form factor (SFF) PCs, many of which were great for HTPC use. With competition in the SFF HTPC, and gaming, market heating up we stopped by their booth in the back of South Hall for a look at what they were bringing out this year.

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