May 09 2016

News - MSI Cubi 2 Plus HTPC reviewed @ Anandtech

If you want a NUC like HTPC, but don't want an Intel branded system this system from MSI looks like a decent alternative. Although, it doesn't look to have CIR or HDMI CEC capability so...

Jan 06 2016

News - ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec's and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet Smile.

Dec 11 2015

News - Streamcom F12C HTPC chassis reviewed @ TweakTown

Streamcom HTPC chassis look fantastic, have good build quality, and are well thought out – at least that’s been my experience. The F12C looks to be no exception either, although I do find the front to be a bit too boring-slab-of-aluminum for my personal taste.

Nov 30 2015

News - Jeff Atwood (aka codinghorror) Shares 2016 HTPC Config

I like it when people share their HTPC configs. It's nice to get an idea of what they're doing, and why. Jeff is a proficient blogger, and we've shared similar thought process in the past so I am always quick to have a look when he updates his setup.

IMO, his update is solid - but I find the I/O choices to be a bit odd. Especially, opting for a standard SATA SSD instead of a modern interface. Either way, have a look and if you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear them.

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.

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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.

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