PVR Cards

Jun 05 2011

News - Ceton Announces New Retail Partners and Instant $100 Rebate for Purchases Made Before June 30

Ceton InfiniTV 4We've been curious about the sudden slew of retailers popping up over the weekend offering aggressive pricing on InfiniTV 4 digital cable tuners. Ceton has just answered our questions with a press release detailing their new authorized retail partners including D&H Distributing, Micro Center, the Microsoft Store, Newegg and Velocity Micro.

The big reductions in price from new retailers can be explained by a new promotion Ceton is offering which is a $100 instant rebate on any InfiniTV purchase made before June 30th, 2011. It looks like cable operators across the country had better stock up on CableCARDs.

If you're interested in tracking and sharing the latest deals for the InfiniTV, you can keep up to date in this thread in our Hot Deals Forum.

May 14 2011

News - SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime Officially Available for Pre-order

The long and torturous wait for the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime is almost over. Today, SiliconDust has just given word that the three tuner variant, HDHR3-CC, is available for pre-order from Newegg for $250 with a ship date of June 29th. 

The six-tuner variant, HDHR6-CC-3X2, should become available for pre-order next week at a price of $499.

HDHomeRun PRIME is available for pre-order from NewEgg today, with HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC to be available for pre-order in the coming week. Orders will be fulfilled by Newegg in the order in which they are received for each model. Both models are expected to begin shipping in volume in July, with the 6-tuner model expected to ship a little ahead of the 3-tuner model.

SiliconDust

Apr 18 2011

News - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Sold Out on Amazon

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The Ceton InfiniTV saga continues. Just this past Thursday, Amazon began selling the InfiniTV 4. As of Friday morning, the card was ranked over 1,000 in the Amazon electronics category. By Friday evening, the card had rocketed into the 200 range and fluctated between the 200 and 300 range over the weekend. Currently, the card stands ranked at 255 and is sold out for Amazon fulfillment. The card can still be purchased through other vendors via Amazon.com. Let's hope we don't have to call FrankAZ of The Green Button out of retirement.

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Apr 14 2011

News - Hauppauge Colossus Reviewed

If you are looking for something to record HDTV from a cable or satellite set-top box as well as video and audio capture via HDMI, component and S/PDIF, the Hauppuage Colossus (Q&A) might be just what you need. MissingRemote's very own, Andrew Van Til, has posted a full review over at AnandTech.

Hauppauge Colossus

When Hauppauge introduced the original HD PVR in 2008 its component plus TOSLINK (optical S/PDIF) capture of 5.1 Dolby Digital and up to 1080i analog video was a revolutionary, and long overdue, shift for the home theater PC (HTPC) based digital video recorder (DVR). Finally there was a viable option for recording DRM-free high definition (HD) content. The device was far from perfect however, suffering from stability (I RMA’d four personally); furthermore, as a large external USB device, it didn’t provide the most appealing form factor for many installations. Today we’re looking at Hauppauge’s second iteration of the HD PVR concept, this time as a standard height PCIe x1 device dubbed Colossus. It offers all of the previous capture options while adding HDMI input to the feature list.

AnandTech

Apr 14 2011

News - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Now Available on Amazon!

Yet another week, yet another reason to talk about the Ceton InfiniTV 4 (review). While the backlog seemingly vanished overnight, a lot of would-be purchasers have been waiting on the sidelines until one of the well-known retailing giants carried the product. That time appears to be today because Amazon is now offering the Ceton InfiniTV 4 for sale! Current pricing is $399 and ships free with Super Saver shipping.

Looking at the picture on Amazon.com, it appears the revised version of the card we reported on a week ago is the one that will be shipped. 

Ceton InfiniTV 4 at Amazon

Apr 07 2011

News - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Manufacturing Revision Now Shipping

Well, we noticed last week how quickly the Ceton InfiniTV 4 backlog vanished. This week, we find out one of the reasons why. The InfiniTV 4 has been revised to ease the manufacturing issues that plauged the earlier revision--great news! We spoke with Jeremy Hammer, VP of Systems Integration at Ceton, who said

The changes were made to help streamline manufacturing so we can make them more efficiently (and as such get them to customers faster). It is functionally the same as the previous version, just easier for us to make.

Nothing has changed functionally with the card, you'll just get it faster. Sounds to us like we won't ever have to worry about a backlog. Thanks to The Green Button forum member Tookiewana for bringing the revision to our attention.

 

Ceton InfiniTV 4

Mar 29 2011

News - Ceton InfiniTV 4 CableCARD Tuner No Longer Backordered

If you've been reluctant to purchase a Ceton InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner due to the order backlog, you can now whip out your credit card. In case you weren't aware, the quad-tuner MOCUR device has been in such hot demand and suffered from parts shortages since official release that the typical order would endure a wait consisting of months.

One of the InfiniTV 4 vendors, CannonPC, has just posted today "We are caught up on back orders." This is quite an amazing turnaround. As of only a few weeks ago, buying an InfiniTV 4 would have appeared to set you back about 3 months looking at past shipment data compiled by FrankAZ over at The Green Button.

Update: Another InfiniTV 4 vendor, Fluid Digital, is now also posting that the Ceton InfiniTV 4 is "In Stock."

Order Fulfillment

Dec 02 2010

News - Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR Unveiled

 

 

While there isn't very much information just yet, Hauppauge looks to have remembered us HD-PVR users.  This could very well be the followup to the HD-PVR we've all been waiting for.  I, for one, would welcome an internal version and I would hope that they have worked out the all the kinks.  I was also shocked to see the inclusion of an HDMI port for unencrypted HDMI signals.

 

 

Chipset List
ViXS XCode-3111
Analog Device ADV7441A
hynix H5PS5162FFR 512MB DDR2

Video Codecs:
AVC/MPEG2 HD encoding video codec up to 1080i

Audio Codecs:
AAC
AC3

Transcoding:
AVC, MPEG2
HD to HD/SD

A/V RCA Jacks:
HDMI input (NoN-Encrypted HDMI signals up to 1080i)
Component, Left audio, Right audio
Toslink Digital Optical audio input
Loop through output for Component, Left audio, Right audio
Toslink Digital Optical audio output
IR
IR Blaster

Bus Interface:
1x PCIe

SHSPVR

Sep 10 2009

News - Ceton is back with less vapor ware

Well Ceton is back in the news with another round of here is our CableCARD tuner. With Microsoft releasing CableCard to anyone with a computer, I hope to see these cards make it sooner or later. The sexy bit of info is that one tuner card equipped with one multi-stream card can record four HD channels at once. Schweet. No pricing as of yet but I would expect the price to be somewhere north of $250-$300. Ain't speculation fun :).

{joomsay link=http://www.engadgethd.com/2009/09/10/hands-on-with-the-ceton-cablecard-tuner/ [EngadgetHD]}As expected, it is a single PCI-E card that uses one multi-stream CableCARD and offers the ability to record four HD channels at once. The tuner shows up as a single network adapter in Windows and still uses UPnP like the currently available ATI tuner does.{/joomsay}

Nov 18 2008

News - Test

 

Long-time Sirius satellite radio subscriber Stan Petrov is fed up and he's not going to take it anymore. He signed on with Sirius two years ago and bought several receivers. But since Sirius merged with XM radio, he has lost his access to coverage of NBA games.

 

{joomsay link=http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081118-sirius-xm-subscribers-revolt-over-merger-induced-changes.html [ars technica]}Long-time Sirius satellite radio subscriber Stan Petrov is fed up and he's not going to take it anymore. He signed on with Sirius two years ago and bought several receivers. But since Sirius merged with XM radio, he has lost his access to coverage of NBA games.{/joomsay}

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