SageTV 7.1.2 Public Beta

Looks like it’s time for another SageTV beta.  Lots of good stuff in there including bug fixes and some new features.  Check out Jeff’s post for the full list.  Highlights below: Changes of note already included in V7.1 -Support for Hauppauge Colossus -Complete over the air analog & digital lineups for the entire US and Canada (all channels on Zap2it’s […]

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Wesena ITX7

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Historically one of the hardest parts about going DYI (do it yourself) with a small form factor (SFF) home theater PC (HTPC) has been finding a nice mini-ITX case that actually looks like it belongs in the A/V stack.  Until recently enthusiasts have had to choose between “the cube” and killing the pig for a benchmark chassis like the OrigenAE […]

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Intel Core i3-2100T and DH67CF Mini-ITX Motherboard

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In our launch coverage of Intel’s Sandy Bridge we took an in-depth tour of the platform’s capabilities.  But our previous coverage was limited to a higher end member of the CPU lineup with a 95 watt TDP, that made is less ideal for dedicated home theater PC (HTPC) use–especially considering its tantalizing siblings scheduled to arrive shortly thereafter. Fortunately we […]

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A Quick Look at Boxee Box Netflix

Since it’s Valentines Day I have to make this quick so just the highlights. Boxee’s Netflix uses the new HTML5 Netflix application HD is available Multi-channel audio tracks are listed (Dolby Digital Plus!), but don’t play – see the screenshot gallery for the error. Subtitles are listed and work DVD titles are listed in the results (but I wish they […]

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Boxee [Finally] Gives Netflix Love

It’s been a long time coming; hopefully the wait was worth it to all the Boxee Box owners out there.  I have to wonder how many potential buyers were waiting for this update… We are happy to announce that TV shows and movies streaming instantly from Netflix is now available on the Boxee Box by D-Link in the US and Canada. […]

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Home Theater Hifi Looks at Screen Goo

I’d written off the possibility of getting a projector because in my house anything that requires putting holes in the walls or ceilings is off-limits.  So  it’s really cool to find out that products like Screen Goo exist – now I just need to convince the wife 🙂 Screen Goo is a specially formulated line of acrylic paint products designed […]

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SageDCT – Public Release

Two weeks ago I teased SageTV users with a screenshot of a Copy-Freely CableCARD content recording.  As tough as it might have been to wait; it’s now over and I think SageDCT is stable enough to share with everyone. For those who don’t have the hardware, but are interested in seeing SageDCT in action.  I made a short video demonstrating […]

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Beginner’s Guide to HTPC Basics

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Continuing our series of Beginner’s Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide offers ten basic tips for getting your HTPC up and running smoothly.  Most of these were learned the hard way, hope that sharing means you don’t have to 🙂 1. Dedicate a physical drive for recording TV: Recording and scanning big TV files for commercials hits a […]

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Intel Sandy Bridge: Core i5-2500K and DH67BL Motherboard

When Intel gambled by packaging its graphics processing unit (GPU) with the central processing unit (CPU) in last year’s Clarkdale the home theater PC (HTPC) niche benefited immensely from the power saving, performance gain and features like HD audio bit streaming provided by the new platform.  The bet obviously paid off, because this year’s Sandy Bridge melds the GPU and […]

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