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Ted from SiliconDust just issued an email with an update on the HDHomeRun – PRIME CableCARD Tuner. They also gave an update on pricing, vendor selection and mention they will be at CES. You can bet that Andrew and I will be there to be the first to look at and try out this long awaited tuner!


The email from SiliconDust states:

Quick status update…

We are at CableLabs® for the final review, with release to production in 2 weeks. Pre-order and release dates will be announced shortly following release to production.

On the availability side we are working with major retail partners to stock the HDHomeRun PRIME and accept pre-orders. The price has been confirmed at $249.

Black Friday – We have been working with the good people at Newegg for a great Black Friday deal on the original HDHomeRun-Dual ATSC/clear QAM tuner. The sale runs Friday November 26 continuing through to Cyber Monday.

CES – everything is in place for a great CES 2011 in Las Vegas January 6-9 – We will be on the floor in the South Hall 3, upper level, booth 31948.

Release to production is the key milestone for us and we have been working hard to make it happen. We will keep you posted.

Happy holidays,

Ted H – CEO

Silicondust Inc. USA


We look forward to seeing the HDHomeRun PRIME at CES 2011.


A new network tuner called the EyeTV Netstream Sat is being launched from Elgato that promised playback to multiple devices, include the Apple iPad.


Watch and record free-to-view satellite television on any Mac or PC in the house, in full HD. If your home has an existing Wi-Fi network, you can watch live satellite TV wirelessly on a portable computer anywhere in your home or garden.

EyeTV Netstream Sat enables your entire family to share one TV tuner device, and it delivers a high-definition TV picture to every room. There’s no need to connect a satellite dish and TV tuner dongle to each computer! Simply place EyeTV Netstream Sat near your existing satellite connection and connect it to your router. EyeTV Netstream Sat receives DVB-S2 and streams the TV signal via your Ethernet or home Wi-Fi network.


  • Stream free-to-view satellite TV (DVB-S2 or Freesat) to the computers on your home network
  • Enjoy a crystal clear, high-definition television picture on your computer’s high-resolution display
  • Compatible with both Mac and PC
  • Watch TV wirelessly on a portable computer or iPad if you have a Wi-Fi network
  • Stream live TV over the home network to an iPad – even when your computers are turned off
  • As a network device, it does not have to be installed near your computers


Here is the press release:

Satellite TV on any Mac, PC or iPad in your home network

Munich, 10 November 2010 – Elgato announced today the new EyeTV Netstream Sat, a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV. EyeTV Netstream Sat streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house. It connects to your existing satellite feed and sends the TV signal through your router. If you have a Wi-Fi Network, even iPads can access standard definition channels from EyeTV Netstream Sat. This direct connection between the network tuner and an iOS4 device (requires iOS4.2) requires the new version of the EyeTV app, (version 1.2, available in the App Store). This EyeTV app feature also works with the hugely successful DVB-T version of the network tuner, EyeTV Netstream DTT. EyeTV Netstream Sat ships on November 22 at a price of 199,95 Euro (£189,95 GBP). A dual-tuner add-on is sold separately.

Live satellite TV on the iPad

The newly announced version 1.2 of the EyeTV App enables both EyeTV Netstream Sat and EyeTV Netstream DTT to stream SD channels over the local Wi-Fi network directly to iOS 4 devices (requires iOS4.2). DVB-S2 HDTV channels can be streamed via Wi-Fi or 3G/UMTS Internet

connection provided a Mac with Elgato’s EyeTV 3 TV software is running as a local streaming server.

Easy to set-up and use
EyeTV Netstream Sat integrates well with your existing network. You can stream live TV, surf the web, and send email all at the same time. An intelligent device, EyeTV Netstream Sat offers centralized configuration via web browser and auto-discovery via UPnP & Bonjour.

Works great on Macs and PCs
Included is EyeTV 3, Elgato’s award-winning TV software for the Mac. Watch, record, edit and enjoy live television on your Mac. Search two weeks of Program Guide listings, and export recordings automatically to iTunes to sync with Apple devices. EyeTV Netstream DTT works with Windows 7 Media Center and also includes THC software for Windows, which offers many of the same features as EyeTV 3.

Turn EyeTV Netstream Sat into a dual-tuner
Elgato’s new EyeTV Sat Free, a great value USB 2.0 TV tuner for DVB-S2, has the unique ability to turn EyeTV Netstream Sat into a dual-tuner. EyeTV Sat Free connects to the USB port on the back of EyeTV Netstream Sat, enabling it to stream a second TV channel to computers in the home network.

System requirements
EyeTV Netstream Sat requires a Macintosh Computer with an Intel Core CPU and Mac OS X v10.5.8 or newer. On PCs, EyeTV Netstream Sat requires Windows 7 and a 2.0 GHz Intel/AMD CPU or better. Network bandwidth must be high enough to allow for streaming of television signals (100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11n for wireless). Direct streaming to EyeTV for iPhone requires an iPad, an iPhone 4 or an iPod touch (4th generation.) A Mac or a PC is required for initial setup of EyeTV Netstream tuners.

Pricing & Availability
EyeTV Netstream Sat ships on November 22nd at a suggested retail price of 199,95 Euro (£189,95 GBP) including VAT. EyeTV Sat Free ships in January 2011 at a suggested retail price of 99,95 Euro (£89,95 GBP) including VAT. You can buy direct from Elgato at www.elgato.com or most Mac retailers. The EyeTV app version 1.2 is available at the App Store for 3,99 Euro. The app update is free of charge.

About Elgato
Elgato produces award-winning TV software together with a complete range of TV tuners and capture devices to watch, record, and edit TV and HDTV on Macs and PCs. Elgato is the home of EyeTV, the world’s leading television solution for Mac computers. Elgato also produces a variety of world-class H.264 video conversion and streaming products. Elgato is privately held with offices in Munich, Germany and San Francisco, California.

You can learn more about the EyeTV Netstream Sat from the Elgato website.

It was only a few weeks ago that version 4.04 was released, now 4.1.0 is out and ready to be installed.


Here is how Millisoft describe TunerFree MCE:

TunerFreeMCE is a Windows Media Center add-in for watching streaming internet TV programs on your PC and Media Center Extender. For UK users, it has support for live TV and catch up programs from the UK’s main TV providers (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five), as well as all of the BBC Radio stations. It also has support for the recently launched MSN Video Player in the UK. For US users, it has support for the full Hulu catalogue of TV programs, all through an easy to use Media Center interface.

Here is the latest change log since 4.04:

Change Log

4.1.0 Added a new auto-upgrader
Added support for plugins to run their own parsers.

4.0.4 Fixed a bug in 4.0.3 with the background app crashing.

4.0.3 Updated search to look at program descriptions and episode names.
Fixed bug with plugin click positions.
Corrected BBC playing for low resolution displays.

You can download the latest version of TunerFree MCE here.

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When we consider buying a TV Tuner for our PC we see terms like NTSC, ATSC and PAL. What do these terms mean? What type of tuner do I want? What is a dual tuner? What countries have what signal? Do I get HD? Why did my picture not go to HD after the digital transition. What is Switched Digital Video? If you have had these questions check out this article!


This article is based on the outline I created for BYOB Podcast Episode 13. I have added some pictures and additional information as it applies to this post.


Analog Signal – NTSC

Most countries still run analog signal. When we talk about analog, you talk about SD signal. Worldwide, you are talking about NTSC, PAL or SECAM signals in countries broadcasting up to 576 lines. For standard definition in a standard 4:3 aspect ratio, NTSC countries are 640 x 480 while PAL countries are in 720 x 576.


This analog signal is the variable amplitude continuous signal with which most of us grew up. I am not going to get into the details, but NTSC, PAL and SECAM are analog. Analog is only SD and since HD signal cannot be transmitted over analog, many countries are converting. While the majority countries still offer analog signal, most developed countries are in the process of converting to digital. Canada should be digital by 2011 and the UK completed in stages by 2012. As for us here in the United States, there are some low power stations out there still in analog but all of the high power OTA broadcasting was converted to digital in 2009.


Digital Signal – ATSC

Digital signal is separated into HD and SD signal also know as High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD). The resolution is what determines this format. Resolution is measured by the vertical lines, so 1080 is actually 1920 x 1080 and 720 is 1280 x 720. Standard definition also exists in digital form in 704 x 480, 720 x 576 or 640 x 480. Just because the signal is digital does NOT mean it is HD.

HD Antenna

Although most of the rest of the world is slowly converting from analog, they do have other digital formats. Whilst the United States has ATSC, my brother Andrew Edney in the UK gets channels that are in DVB-T. South America has ISDB-T and China has DMB-T/H.


So what is digital signal? It is a transmission of information. For example, in North America, this transmission of data is up to 19 megabits (2.375 megabytes) from a broadcaster. Now, the broadcasters do not need all of this bandwidth for one HD channel so sometimes they put SD channels out within the same bit rate. For example, in Los Angeles, our NBS channel is 4.1 and they have enough bandwidth for a SD 4.2 and a 4.3 channel. We call this multiplexing. This special type of service is available since digital signal takes up less bandwidth.

Just like always, an antenna then receives this digital signal and then your digital TV tuner decodes the signals and shows you Dancing with the Stars.

Not all antennas are created equal. You can find all shapes and sizes that will fit your application.

Go to this site for really great information on antennas and signal strength in your area.


Artec Antenna

Now, you may also get your TV signal from a cable provider or a satellite dish. Digital cable is a different beast. Up until 1989, the cable companies were supplying analog signal. Motorola changed all of that by creating the digital signal for cable. This was a great advancement for cable. As I mentioned before analog takes up much more bandwidth than digital signal. In fact, the cable companies are now getting about 10 SD digital channels in the same space of one old analog channel.

Therefore, once Motorola showed they could convert analog to digital, the cable companies created a completely new set of digital services. Services such as telephone, internet, PPV and interactive menus were all now possible with digital cable. As I said before, you can only get HD with digital, so the old analog cable was SD. Think of this concept kind of like a plate on your kitchen counter. If you were to place a bunch of marbles, or analog signals, on top on the plate, you would maybe fit a couple hundred marbles right? Now, get rid of most of the marbles and use BB’s, which represent the digital signal, and you can fit thousands. In fact, some of those BB’s are not digital TV at all. Some are phone, PPV, internet, menus and On Demand type services. But why give all of the BB’s to every house? Switched Digital Video is the cable companies software that controls what BB’s you get in your cable.

Let us take a few minutes and talk about Switched Digital Video and why you should be aware of it.

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SiliconDust posted a very interesting press release on their website yesterday. Not only did SiliconDust finalize the name for their new tuner, HDHomeRun Prime,  but SiliconDust also announced a partnership with Hauppauge for a new USB CableCARD tuner. Check out the link and start to dream of what this thing will look like. Thank you to usacomp2k3 from the HomeServerShow forums for the heads up.


Not gonna say much on this one. The new name makes it easy to change my prior build to “HDHomeRun Prime”. Good showing SD! Now, when can I get one?

Check out the links or text below:




SiliconDust USA, Inc. and Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. announce alliance for PC based CableCARD™ conditional access digital TV tuners

Hauppauge to introduce an affordable USB attached, premium cable TV tuner for PCs and notebooks through its U.S. retail sales channel

Livermore, CA & Hauppauge, NY – Sept. 10, 2010 – SiliconDust USA, Inc., based in Livermore, CA, today announced an alliance with Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. to introduce a USB-connected Digital TV Tuner product for use with CableCARD™ conditional access. This product leverages SiliconDust’s design and technology to offer a new addition to Hauppauge’s line of TV tuner products.

This introduction adds native support for premium cable TV to the Hauppauge line of WinTV® tuners. The new TV tuner is USB connected and will work with notebook and netbook computers, in addition to standard desktop PCs.

Concurrently SiliconDust will be introducing HDHomeRun® PRIME™ an Ethernet attached TV tuner product with CableCARD conditional access. HDHomeRun PRIME enables premium cable TV to be accessed across the network from any computer in the home.

The Hauppauge USB and SiliconDust Ethernet attached products introduce affordable solutions in the cable TV tuner market for PCs. Both devices support M-Card™ conditional access and conform to the OpenCable™, OCUR and DRI specifications. Both devices support Switched Digital Video (SDV) in conjunction with a cable-provider-supplied tuning adapter / resolver. The products are designed for use with PCs running Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Windows Media Center.

The Hauppauge USB and SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME products will support high-definition and other digital cable TV, including premium cable channels, direct to the computer.

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun PRIME product builds on the success of their original HDHomeRun® Network Attached ATSC / QAM Dual Tuner which enables customers to stream digital broadcast video across the home network, without being tethered to one computer in one location in the home.

“SiliconDust is enthusiastic about this alliance with Hauppauge, a leading name in the computer tuner market for many years.” said Theodore Head, President and Chief Executive Officer of SiliconDust USA, Inc. “This allows retail options for both consumers and retailers alike, creating greater awareness of the market and expanding the number of choices available to fit differing needs.”

“SiliconDust’s experience with digital cable access systems combined with Hauppauge’s strong computer TV tuner sales will produce a successful launch of this innovative product.” said Ken Plotkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. said, “Moving forward, we believe affordable CableCARD conditional access TV products will increase the use of Windows Media Center as a full functional digital video recorder for the home.”

This rocks. Seriously.

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It was only a few weeks ago that version 4.02 was released, now 4.04 is out and ready to be installed.


Here is how Millisoft describe TunerFree MCE:

TunerFreeMCE is a Windows Media Center add-in for watching streaming internet TV programs on your PC and Media Center Extender. For UK users, it has support for live TV and catch up programs from the UK’s main TV providers (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five), as well as all of the BBC Radio stations. It also has support for the recently launched MSN Video Player in the UK. For US users, it has support for the full Hulu catalogue of TV programs, all through an easy to use Media Center interface.

Here is the latest change log since 4.02:

Change Log

4.0.4 Fixed a bug in 4.0.3 with the background app crashing.

4.0.3 Updated search to look at program descriptions and episode names.
Fixed bug with plugin click positions.
Corrected BBC playing for low resolution displays.

So what are you waiting for – go update now!

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AVerMedia have released the worlds first 3D TV tuner cards for PC’s so if you want to watch 3D TV on your computer you can do now!

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Back at CES in January of this year, one of the biggest things on show was 3D TV. You couldn’t walk 100 yards without there being something 3D in your face (literally).

There are now 3D televisions, and 3D Blu-ray players on the market, and even 3D TV broadcasts. Personally I’m still not convinced I want to sit in front of my TV wearing funny glasses, but that’s just me!

Anyway, AVerMedia, the company behind many successful and popular PC tuner cards, have released what they are calling the worlds first 3D TV Tuner card.

Now before you jump up and rush to get the tuner card, remember that you need to have a monitor that is 3D capable, and AVerMedia also recommend using an NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit as well, I say recommend, its more of a requirement than a recommendation.

One of the tuner cards is the AVerTV TwinStar PCI-E card.

You can learn much more about AVerMedia’s 3D card from their website.

Is this something that interests you? Let us know your thoughts on 3D TV.

Here is the full press release from AVerMedia:

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of digital multimedia technology announced today the release of AVer MediaCenter 3D beta version, an application to satisfy your visual sensation with live 3DTV on PC. AVer MediaCenter 3D beta version allows users enjoy immersive visual entertainment from live 3DTV programs. It debuts with AVerMedia top seller TV tuner cards AVerTV TwinStar PCI-E, AVerTV Duo Hybrid PCI-E II, AVerTV CaptureHD, and AVerTV TwinStar. Customers who have purchased these products can get the latest AVer MediaCenter 3D beta version from AVerMedia official website with free of charge.

3DTV is the next big thing for entertainment. It has been applied to theatrical releases, Blu-ray 3D, video games, and even the popular YouTube online video. Thanks for the 3D technology evolution, the “fat” 3D video can now be compressed and transmitted via the existing TV standards. To create a PC-based media center, AVerMedia has well-prepared for the brand new 3D era with 3D-ready application and products. No need to pay a bunch of money for a 3D-ready TV set, watching and recording live 3DTV programs can now be done right on your PC. Plus, it also supports playing back 3DTV recordings. Experiencing live 3DTV thrills is just that easy.

To watch live 3DTV via AVer MediaCenter 3D beta version, NVIDIA® 3D VisionTM Kit, 3D-supported graphics card and 3D-ready display are required for the eye-popping 3D illusion. AVer MediaCenter 3D beta version can works well with AVerTV TwinStar PCI-E, AVerTV Duo Hybrid PCI-E II, AVerTV CaptureHD, and AVerTV TwinStar. AVerTV TwinStar PCI-E and AVerTV Duo Hybrid PCI-E II are the best choices for heavy users who want to watch/record two programs at the same time. AVerTV CaptureHD is a hybrid TV tuner card with HD capture feature which enables users to preserve both SD and HD content onto the hard disk. The USB-interfaced AVerTV TwinStar equips dual DVB-T TV tuners and an embedded antenna for flexible TV watching and robust signal reception on the go. To know about more about the power of live 3DTV, please visit http://www.avermedia.com/avertv

About AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.

AVerMedia (www.avermedia.com) is the technology leader in Digital Multimedia Video Convergence Technologies. Aside from its full line of TV Tuners/ Personal Video Recorder products, AVerMedia provides Document Cameras, Digital Video Maker, TV Photo Viewer and PC-to-TV Converters for consumer and corporate/ educational markets. AVerMedia also partners with PC ODM’s for the development of AVerMedia’s technologies for integration applications.

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Last night I received an automated email from Ceton regarding the production of their InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner. No word on a delivery date but at least someone somewhere is turning chips on this product. Another happy email with not a date in sight. Only time will tell as they sure have not.

Dear Timothy,

We want to pass along some good news and let you know that the Ceton InfiniTV 4 quad-tuner cards are now in production! Ceton personnel are currently overseas supervising the final assembly and testing process. We’re sorry for the unexpected delays but many other companies were hit with parts shortages as we were, including Apple for the release of iPad and iPhone 4. Delivery of units will begin as soon as final testing and shipment from overseas have been completed. We’ll update you shortly as soon as we can confirm an actual delivery date.

There has been much discussion and speculation in the community about the driver installation procedure. InfiniTV 4 will not come with a driver CD. Initially the driver will be downloaded from the www.cetoncorp.com website and installed by the user. We are working with Microsoft to integrate the InfiniTV driver into Windows Update so that it will be installed automatically when detected by Windows in the future.

Thanks for your interest and support!


The Ceton Team

Two Additional Comments:

  • This is the perfect opportunity for SiliconDust to release their tuner and corner the market!
  • I wonder how many Tuning Adapters the Ceton will need.

We have recently posted some How To guides for the various DVBLogic software offerings, now it’s time to actually review them.

DVBLogic logo


This what how DVBLogic describe themselves:

In the last decade, the convergence of computing and home TV/Audio entertainment technologies has led to rapid changes in the way in which we all listen to Audio or view Video programmes at home as well as in a work environment. The ultimate aim is now to have the ability to view/listen to digital content anytime and anywhere (‘on-demand’).

DVBLogic was founded in 2007 to ‘bridge the gap’ between third party hardware and Windows MediaCenter to allow streaming of digital content (TV – including HD, Satellite, Cable or terrestrial; Audio incorporating 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound) to remote devices for playback. Since its foundation, DVBLogic has introduced products for use with many manufacturers, including Hauppage; Pinnacle; Technotrend; and Dreambox.

Founders Pavlo Barvinko and Sasha Bublyk both graduated at Kiev University in 1995 with Masters Degrees in Applied Physics and Electronics.


So we looked at the DVBLink Server and TVSource products and the Network Pack product. All the versions we looked at were the latest at the time of writing – version 3.01.



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Here is how DVBLink describe TVSource:

DVBLink TVSource seamlessly integrates Satellite, Cable or Terrestrial TV channels into Windows Media Center, including support for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD video, multichannel audio, EPG information, teletext and subtitles. DVBLink enables all native TV control features of Windows Media Center for these channels such as Guide listings, live TV, time shifting, one touch and timer recordings.

System requirements:

  • Windows Vista with TV Pack or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • Satellite, terrestrial or cable tuner hardware

Supported hardware:

  • FireDTV, FloppyDTV (including CI support)
  • Hauppauge WinTV Nova (S and HD S2), WinTV HVR (all models)
  • Pinnacle PCTV
  • Prof Red and Prof Revolution
  • Technotrend Budget (including CI support)
  • Technisat SkyStar2, SkyStar HD, HD2, SkyStar USB2 (including CI support)
  • Terratec Cinergy (including CI support)
  • Twinhan (including CI support)
  • Azurewave (including CI support)
  • TeVii
  • Genpix
  • All other cards, having BDA drivers, are supported as well. However diseqc and CI control availability may differ. Please use DVBLink TVSource Preview to check whether your tuner card works with DVBLink TVSource. No installation is required.

Supported clients:

  • Windows Vista with TV Pack or Windows 7 MediaCenter
  • Windows MediaCenter Extenders
  • Hardware and software UPNP clients (Sony Playstation 3, Power DVD 9, Nero ShowTime 4 and others)


  • Satellite (DVB-S, DVB-S2), Cable (DVB-C) and Terrestrial (DVB-T) support
  • FTA and commercial channels support
  • HD and SD MPEG-2 and h.264 channels support
  • Multichannel audio support
  • Multiple tuner support
  • Guide a la Carte: per channel selection of EPG information source – transport stream, DVBViewer EPG info, xmltv listings or native MediaCenter Guide
  • Teletext and subtitles support
  • UPNP Server to stream live TV to UPNP-enabled clients
  • Easy-to-use Windows MediaCenter channel synchronization wizard

The setup and configuration was fairly straightforward, if not a little time consuming. But that is ok, the time consuming bit is the setting up of the channels and the channel information – but it is well worth the time doing this.

Just make sure you do actually reboot when you are told to otherwise you might have problems.

Once it was all installed and configured, using it was very simple – in fact I was surprised just how simple it was.

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That is only a part of the overall solution, to watch TV on other devices around your home, and outside of your home you need the Network pack.

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AverMedia have launched a new and cheap USB TV Tuner called the AverTV Volar HD Nano A867R.

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Here is what AverMedia say about it:

The compact AVerTV Volar HD Nano, certified by Windows Media Center Additional Qualification (WMC AQ), combines TV viewing and Windows Media Center for your best convenience and first-rated PCTV experience. It adopts concealed connector to raise the stability of device and increase the portability.

The accompanying remote control is just like a perfect match for AVerTV Volar HD Nano. By clicking the “Green Button” on the remote control, you can turn on Windows Media Center* and enjoy the flexibility of switching among TV, DVD and other media files under Windows 7 platform. This remote also fully complies with AVerTV 6, which provides you with advanced PCTV features including plan your recording schedule and export to iPod etc.

The built-in highly sensitive remote sensor covers wide distance range and angle so that you can enjoy the lean-back PCTV viewing experience just like with the TV set in your living room.

Here is the press release:

Jun 30, 2010 – Bracknell, UK, 30 June 2010 – AVerMedia, a leading provider of digital multimedia technology, has announced the release of its latest USB TV tuner giving users with Windows 7 or Windows Vista Media Center a fully integrated PC TV solution, offering the flexibility of switching between TV, DVD and other media files on desktop PCs or laptops.

The AVerTV HD Volar A867R plugs into a computer’s USB 2.0 port and enables users to watch and record Freeview channels on Windows desktop PCs or laptops, and switch to other media sources or files at the click of a button using the supplied full-function remote control.

The AVerTV Volar HD offers users full Freeview (DVB-T) capabilities, with electronic programme guide (EPG), teletext, and picture-in-picture for multichannel viewing. It also supports up to 1080i HD TV viewing, allowing users to watch and record HDTV content with H.264 and MPEG-2 formats, as well as offering compression technology to enable transfer to an iPod or PSP.

Rob Livings, AVerMedia Sales and Marketing Director said: “The A867R turns any PC with Windows Media Center into a complete TV and media playback solution. It enables seamless switching between TV, DVD and other media files by activating Windows Media Center at the click of a button with the accompanying remote control. The tuner also has a built-in highly sensitive sensor covering a wide distance, which means users don’t have to keep getting up to change their viewing.

“The tuner is certified as fully compatible with Windows 7 and Vista, underlining its reliability and ease of use.”

The USB tuner also has built-in PVR functionality, including scheduled recordings, pausing live TV, and wake-up recording if the computer is in stand-by or hibernate mode.

The product is priced at £49.99, and is available from www.tesco.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

You can learn more about it here: http://www.avermedia.com/avertv/product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=516

You may also want to check out some of the other new AverMedia products on their site.

This would be a good product to try if you wanted a cheap tuner to use with DVBLink. You can check out our two How To… guides here:

How To Install and Configure DVBLink Server and TVSource v3.01


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Here is the exclusive review of the brand new Power PC from Tranquil – the fan less i3 ixL.

So over the last several weeks, we have been teasing you with information on the new Tranquil PC ixL PC, ranging from specification information, pictures and more. Well, now it is time for the review and I have been using it for several days now, so let’s find out just what I thought.

Here is how Tranquil describe the ixL:

Bringing beauty, power, efficiency and reliability to your desktop. Designed from the ground up, to provide a reliable and fan less cooling system for the power user, the ixL Power PC can process any application with ease. High definition video, complex 3D rendering, or just writing a letter – just do it. The fitted i3-530 CPU is Intel’s latest ‘power’ CPU – so expect stunning performance.

With numerous audio / video outputs, high speed GBE LAN – the ixL can be deployed in almost any environment, for almost any application.

You can now run the most demanding applications with ease, knowing that the power is there when you need it, and yet the power consumption is under 30W when you’re just idling along.

With specialised and enhanced cooling technologies, the ixL runs without fans, ensuring long term reliability, and almost zero noise – just like you want.

With the integrated MCE IR receiver / HMDI output you can also even use the ixL as a Media Centre PC. With 1x 2.5″ and 1x 3.5″ HDD bays – you can mix and match your storage requirements.


One of the great things about the ixL is that you can change the specification to suit your requirements.

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It has lots of different connectors on the back, including 3 eSATA ports!

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SiliconDust have released a picture of their new 3-Tuner Network Attached – M-Card Ready – CableCard Product.

Tim and I are both big fans of SiliconDusts products, in fact the SiliconDust HD HomeRun won the 2009 UWHS Readers Award for Best Media Device.

Well today SiliconDust have released a picture of their brand new 3-tuner network attached CableCard product.

SiliconDust 3 Card Tuner

And apparently there is a beta starting next week. Unfortunately being in the UK rules me out completely, but hopefully we can get Tim on it, as I know he is very excited about it Smile

To learn more about SiliconDust and it’s products, click here: http://www.silicondust.com/

And here is a video Tim did at CES of the dual tuner: CES 2010 – Video of the HDHomeRun CableCARD tuner

More news when we get it – so stay tuned!

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Back at CES, one of the biggest news items was the announcement of the Ceton 4 CableCard Tuner Card for Media Center. Since then news has been a bit scarce, and now the announcement has been made that the card is available for pre-order and will be shipping May 31st.

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The Ceton InfiniTV 4 is the world’s first multi-tuner PC card for watching digital cable TV on the PC, including support for premium and encrypted cable channels like HBO and Showtime. It enables Media Center PCs to play or record up to four live channels of HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection and using a single CableCARD from your local cable operator.
NOTE: this is a special pre-order program for Ceton InfiniTV 4. A valid credit card is required at the time of order but will not be charged until your order is shipped. InfiniTV 4 is expected to ship on May 31, 2010.

  • The first multi-tuner PC card for watching digital cable TV on the PC
  • Support for premium and encrypted cable channels like HBO and Showtime
  • Enables Media Center PCs to play or record up to four live channels of HDTV at once
  • Stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home
  • System Requirements: InfiniTV 4 is a PCIe low-profile PC card and ships with both low-profile and full-height backplates. The recommended minimum system requirements are: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate; 2GHz or faster CPU minimum, either 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) – 2.7GHz or faster dual-core CPU is recommended; 2GB of RAM minimum – 3GB or more is recommended; 1 PCIe slot, which can be either an x1, x4, x8, or x16 type slot; HDCP compliant on-board graphics or graphics card; HDMI out, or DVI out with separate audio out; Multi-Stream CableCARD (M-Card) – available from your local cable provider; Digital cable subscription from a U.S. cable provider

Click here to place your order now: http://www.zones.com/site/product/index.html?id=003201915

The card will retails for $399, something tells me that Tim will be placing his order today :-)

For more information on the Ceton InfinitiTV 4 card, click here: http://www.cetoncorp.com/products.php

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This is the fourth of five (?) articles about my Windows Media Center build in anticipation of the new Ceton CableCARD tuner release. Tonight I will be talking about the assembly and video card installation in the Alienware P2 Chassis.



The plan is to have this system replace my Moxi Charter Cable DVR AND my WMC PC.

The three previous articles can be found at:




The Rig

The chassis is a Alienware P2 case with light kit.

Ceton Prime Part Three


I get paid every two weeks and get a few items each paycheck. I should be done in January, well before the March Ceton release. This paycheck I bought the video cards.

Ceton Prime?

I am naming her Ceton Prime in honor of the Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card scheduled for release on March 31, 2010.


This Paycheck – $260

$124.99 for the 9800 GTX from TigerDirect and $134.99 for the 9800 GTX + from Newegg for a total of $260.

The amount spent so far is $260+$434+$355+$225 for a subtotal of $1,274 (no tax). Not too bad.

CPU, Fan and Memory Installation

Motherboard, Media Drives and Hard Drive

Video Card Installation

Instructions and Podcast

What is next?

I am going to load the OS and get it running for the next article.


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