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With PCI-Express equipped motherboards now becoming far more prominent in the market place these days, it's only a matter of time before the ole' PCI standard is looked upon in a similar light to the prehestoric ISA ages. However, what good is PCIe if companies arn't providing products to support it?
Video card wise, we certainly haven't anything to worry about with full 16x PCIe support across the board nowadays, but what about all the other PCIe devices many are still waiting upon such as soundcards, RAID 0/1/5 controller cards, gigabit network cards, and others of that nature? Unfortunately there isn't much happening in this area just yet as we play the waiting game for companies to fully adopt the new higher throughput/less limiting interface and start hitting the markets with superior PCIe equivilents of their products.
Avermedia have made the right step at the right time I believe, with an announcement coming in today from Intel's Developer Forum in Taipei which details their move towards PCIe with a couple of new TV tuner cards (one of which was introduced back in September at IDF in San Francisco). The well featured AverTV ExpressCard (E508) is aimed at smaller notebook and SFF PCs, whilst their just launched AverTV PCI Express Dual (M1A3) is a "hardware" based dual-tuner offering which allows one to minimize CPU usage whilst recording a particular channel and watching another simultaneously.
The full scoop on these new PCIe based TV tuners in Avermedia's supporting PR folks.
The new AverTV PCI Express Dual (M1A3) also demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum, employs two TV Tuners which allow users to watch one channel while recording another simultaneously. The M1A3 also incorporates two hardware video encoders reducing the loading onto the CPU. You can simply watch TV without any interruption whilst working on a PC.
"AVerMedia has been committed to developing cutting edge video and multimedia products. We are pleased to have developed the ExpressCard and the new PCI Express TV Tuner products. To be able to support Intel's new solutions with these innovative TV tuner solutions is really exciting," said Dr. J. Allan Yang, CTO of AVerMedia.
In order to be a total PCTV solution provider, AVerMedia will roll out a series of products with ExpressCard's form factor in 2005, such as a 34mm DVB-T ExpressCard, a 54mm Hybrid ExpressCard, a 54mm MCE ExpressCard and a 34mm ATSC ExpressCard.
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Now this is cool! Imagine you're standing in line at the local theater to buy tickets for that new movie you're just dying to see. Suddenly, a dinosaur roars, a battle rages, or a pretty actress winks at you. It's not your imagination. The next step in your moviegoing experience may be the way of the interactive movie poster.
MOVIE posters - paper-and-ink enticements that can be traced to the days of nickelodeons - have over the decades become so commonplace in theater lobbies that they have practically faded into the wallpaper for millions of American moviegoers. Noticed, maybe, yet never really seen.More information @ The New York Times
But what if those posters could talk? What if Leonardo DiCaprio could stare out from a wall and wink at passers-by? What if, rather than being frozen on a poster for the latest James Bond movie, Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry could leap in a full-motion, fist-flying fury to a stereo soundtrack? And what if these posters could interact with film patrons, recognizing their tastes and quickly matching their interests with trailers and show times for movies that they most likely want to see?
For the last five years Stephan Fitch and his company, Thinking Pictures, have been quietly working to recast movie posters with precisely those capabilities and more!
With the shadow of Digital TV growing, there could be some unexpected surprises in the future ahead. While Digital TV is definately going to be the next best thing in the world of Television, some of the things we're used to might not be there when Digital TV steps up to the plate.
Television broadcasters are required to switch to digital, copy-protected signals by January 1, 2007. When this happens, more than 300 million televisions and VCRs will be useless.Notice that these quotes state that your TV's and VCR's will be useless.. not could. Of course, I'm sure new technology will move in to fill that void, but it's still the principle of it all that gets my feathers ruffled.
The draft being considered by the House subcommittee also lays the groundwork for "broadcast flag" content protection. Broadcasters would send their video encoded with a security "flag" that would prevent customers from taping a program on one system and moving it to another for viewing. The FCC should require all digital devices to contain such copy controls by January 1, 2006, according to the subcommittee's draft recommendation.
More information @ Yahoo! News
This is a classic. For those who have seen the movie "Signs" you need to take a couple minutes to read what this person has to say about the movie in his four easy steps to understanding the movie.
This movie wouldn't have been so bad if it actually went somewhere. It was like a porno with no money shot. One of those slow motion soft-core Showtime specials that start out as being mediocre detective melodrama, but you keep watching any way because it's starring Shannon Tweed and you know there's going to be a shower scene but you know it's going to suck because some dude inevitably comes in and starts man handling her and the camera man does nothing but zoom up on his ass. That's exactly what "Signs" is like: the camera man zooming up on some guy's ass for two hours.Laugh here!
Now this looks to be a pretty cool product, if I wasn't using a perfectly good Sony 21" CRT I'd have to look at investing in a wide screen product like this one from Samsung which Future Looks took a look at today.
More information at Future Looks
This piece of news comes directly from a represnetive at Samsung in Canada. TweakNews has taken a look at the new Samsung Tantus LTM1775W 17" widescreen LCD TFT TV. These things look pretty damn sexy if you ask me... If anyone at Samsung wants to send me one to review, I'd be only to happy to do so. :)
More information at TweakNews
Cameron "Sov" Johnson has just finished up testing on the Lifeview FlyVideo 3000 TV Tuner for your viewing pleasure. It is an add-on board that bring the wonderful world of television right to your desktop, but can it di this job at a reasonable level of quality, and while your still doing other tasks on the system? Come join us as we find out!
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Over at SLCentral they check out the AVerMedia AVerTV Box External TV Tuner which is for those people out there that don't want to fiddle with the inside of their PC (are there those types still out there?).