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A new DVB-S2 capable PCI-Express based dual-tuner card has just entered the market from Micronas, they call it the "MicSidewinder 2D-X". It sports a ton of nice features for your home theatre setup, as detailed in their official announcement here folks.
Freiburg, Germany, August 8, 2006 - Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today announced the launch of MicSidewinder® 2D-X, a dual-tuner DVB-S2 PCI Express® card reference design for home theater solutions. Each channel of the MicSidewinder 2D-X supports the new DVB-S2 standard enabling full HDTV quality, as well as the legacy DVB-S standard for SDTV. Equipped with two symmetric receiver channels the design enables PiP and PVR applications.
Micronas worked closely with STMicroelectronics, the world's leading supplier of ICs for set-top boxes, and CyberLink to create a production quality reference design that is truly ready for the living room. Compatibility with Windows XP Media Center and CyberLink's PowerCinema Home Theater application makes a PC equipped with MicSidewinder 2D-X a complete PVR capable satellite receiver system.
Although still way too pricey to be considered a mainstream form of media storage just yet, it's good to see Sony have released a Blu-ray Disc Recorder selling at only $750 (compared to the $1,000ish price tags slapped on other models released to date).
Sony has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.
Looks like both the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats will be made compatible for reading AND burning by a single drive after all, at least based on a new technology by Ricoh which involves a "diffraction plate" this seems to be the case. I had a feeling this would happen eventually. A *BIG* thumbs up to Ricoh.
TOKYO - Trying to bridge the gap between next-generation optical disk formats, Ricoh said it has developed an optical component that reads and writes all disk formats-Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, as well as DVD and CD-with one pickup and one objective lens.
Ricoh will show the optical device at the International Optoelectronics Exhibition '06 outside Tokyo on July 12-14. The company intends to offer the device to OEMs by year's end.
One of the first Blu-ray recorders has finally popped up, BenQ's new BW1000. Unfortunately the 1000 in its name suits it with regard to its $1,000 USD price tag (OUCH!), but then I guess that was to be expected :/
The Dailytech cover all the details.
After months of waiting, it's finally here: the BenQ BW1000 Trio PC Blu-ray recorder. BenQ announced the player just one month ago, claiming it would become one of the more prolific recorders on the market.
The single-layer recorder can record BD-R media at speeds up to 2X, but can read dual-layer Blu-ray media as well. The drive features a single-lens optical pickup with three separate lasers that will read and record Blu-Ray, DVD+/-R and CDRs. BenQ claims the device will also write single-layer DVD+/-R media at 12X, 4X for DVD+/-R DL, 8X for DVD+/-RW, and 32X CAV for CD-R.
Love the idea of digital TV on the go? MSI's new D310 pocket sized portable entertainment center makes it easy. Alongside the ability to watch DVB-T tv, you can also listen to mp3s, play media/movie files, and view photos on its 4.2" TFT-LCD display.
MSI's brief announcement can be found over at this section of their website folks.
Micro-Star International, a leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics, is launching the world's first pocket-sized DVB-T-the D310. The multi-function D310 is not only portable but also employs advanced technologies that allow viewers to watch TV in any place where the DVB-T format is used, such as in Europe, Australia and South East Asia.
Compro Technology (a leading provider of TV capture solutions and the like) are set to showcase a new type of device at their booth during the course of Computex next week. Their latest "VideoMate V550" is a standalone TV tuner box which will allow your LCD/CRT/PDP monitor to operate as a television without the need for a PC to drive it!
Grab the press release here for the full scoop.
Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products now announces VideoMate V550, a high-end standalone TV box at Computex Taipei 2006 international computer exhibition. VideoMate V550 is easy for watching analog TV shows on your CRT/LCD/PDP monitor. Free from driver, software installation and compatible issues with computer, just simply connect it with your monitor and TV cable or antenna feed. You can watch TV shows on your CRT/LCD/PDP monitor easily. VideoMate V550 provides up to 1600 x 1200 high-resolution and standard 4:3, 16:9 /16:10 wide screen LCD monitor supports.
With Blu-ray drives now starting to emerge in the market, NVIDIA have just announced they're the first to include GPUs in Sony's new range of VAIO PCs which sport Blu-ray Disc drives, with the main focus being on that of NV's PureVideo HD technology for uncrippled Blu-ray movie playback.
SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 22, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that the world's first PCs equipped with Blu-ray Disc drives feature NVIDIA technology. The new Sony VAIO PCs are powered by NVIDIA GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs) which include NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology.
"Blu-ray Disc movies have incredible visual and audio fidelity, and we know consumers are eager to watch Blu-ray movies on their PCs," said Scott Vouri, General Manager of Multimedia at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's early and ongoing investment in HD video processing is enabling high definition playback on the PC. Sony's selection of NVIDIA GPUs further demonstrates that NVIDIA offers the premier solution for watching high definition movies on your PC."
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Offer: We don't usually recommend HTIB (Home Theater in a Box) systems because they can never match up to a system you put together yourself. However, not everyone can afford to go out and order 5 speakers, a powered subwoofer, a receiver, a DVD player, cables and interlinks! For the money, this Philips HTS5500C is a great bargain. It can handle Dolby Digital and DTS signals. It is also compatible with DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3, WMA, JPEG (Picture CD), MPEG4, and DivX.
One of the biggest names to produce quality TV tuner solutions for the PC have just released a new model as a member of their VideoMate lineup, dubbed the S350. Compro's VideoMate S350 is a digital *satellite* TV tuner card which is driven by the very capable and well regarded Philips 9-bit ADC chip. Stacks of other nifty little tricks can also be performed with this card, as detailed in Compro's official PR.
Taipei, Taiwan, 21 April, 2006 - Compro Technology, an innovative leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products launched VideoMate S350, a powerful digital satellite TV tuner card with analog video/audio capture. It accompanies Philips 9-bit ADC chip, the state-of-the-art silicon digital TV tuner, Compro Picture Purifying Technology, and Power Up Technology to provide superior HDTV video quality reception on your PC. Not only watching free-to-air high quality DVB-S TV shows on your PC as a regular DVB-S card, accompanied by Compro's exclusive Power Up Technology - it can automatically boot up your system from the Windows Shut Down (ACPI S5), Stand by (ACPI S3), or Hibernation (ACPI S4) mode and record your favorite shows, then ComproDTV 2 will automatically shutdown your system when recording is completed. Friendly Remote controlled power on/off - to enhance the home entertainment PC experience, users can power up and shutdown their PC with the bundled ergonomic design remote control.
Corsair have kindly given us the heads up on a new system build log they've posted up on their website which delves into the building of a home theatre based PC system. Alongside the many supporting photos to document the building process, they also go into great detail on all the most important elements of a quiet, efficient, and multi-capable HTPC system.
Based on the success of our first system build log (How to Build an Ultimate Gaming PC), Corsair has just published another system build log. This time we dive into the details of building a home theater PC. From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details! Over 100 photos to document the process to show your readers how easy it is to put a HTPC together.
There are a lot of Digital Video Recorders on the market right now, some cable and satellite companies will give you one with their service for a small fee. Unfortunately, most of them come with low amounts of storage, sometimes only 20 or 30 hours of regular content. Not to mention the fact that the vast majority aren't network compatible to play files off a file server, they can't run games, they don't allow you to share the programs you record on other computers in the house, and they seem to be almost universally slow.
In order to remove these restrictions, Microsoft released Windows XP Media Center Edition.