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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.
A new and rather stylish media center chassis has just been added to Antec's lineup, the "Fusion" case being the latest to be a part of their LifeStyle series of PC enclosures. Complete with a useful and rather snazzy VFD, this chassis would blend rather nicely into most any home theatre environment.
For the full scoop, grab Antec's official announcement folks.
Fremont, CA - January 4, 2006 - Antec, Inc., the pioneering and leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has introduced Fusion, the latest addition to its LifeStyle series of PC enclosures. Fusion brings quiet computing to home theater PC (HTPC) cases.
This HTPC case is ideal for users who want to integrate PCs into their daily lives. Fusion was designed to resemble other consumer electronics equipment in order to seamlessly blend into any home entertainment center. The case features a unique triple chamber design that isolates the power supply, hard drives and motherboard into separate cooling zones - resulting in a quieter and cooler system well suited for media center applications.
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Offer: It's HD, it's 1024x768, it's 5000:1 contrast ratio, it measures 42" across, it's in STOCK, and can be yours for over HALF the cost of others that feature the same (or even worse) specs. Refurbed to be new, this is a GREAT buy on 42" plasma for those of you who are just aching for one this holiday, or for those of you who need to have a 42" plasma in every room of your house. The rebate is a paltry $50, and shipping varies from $100 to $199 depending on which side of the country you live in. Get yours today before they sell out.
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Offer: The free shipping offer expires tonight and PC Connection seems to take a couple of weeks to bring it back.... this tv features a very respectable 1000:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness, 16ms response time, and a 170 degree viewing angle. They've compared this unit to the super popular Dell W2600 which is more expensive and smaller, yet was priced the same when they first released. The FREE shipping is what really makes this deal as it combines very nicely with NO tax (unless you're in MA, OH, or TN).
Deal of the Day details: Samsung HLR-5067W 50" Widescreen HDTV DLP with Digital Cable Ready Tuner for $1899.99!
Offer: Imagine how cool it would be to show this off to your relatives when they come over for the holidays. You might be a little late for Thanksgiving, but not too late for Christmas and especially the Superbowl!
Adding to the rush of recently introduced miniature USB digital TV products, Leadtek have just sent out a press release introducing their new WinFast DTV Dongle. All the details reside in the announcement here folks.
Taiwan- November 11, 2005 - Leadtek® Research Inc., a world-leading VGA card and multi-media solution provider, introduced new released of the world's small form factor DVB-T solution for PC: Winfast® DTV Dongle, an enhanced USB 2.0 version TV box. With compact, slim and noiseless thermal design, no extra power adapter required, simply plug & Play digital terrestrial TV on your PC is no longer a vision of imagination.