TiVo Premiere vs Windows 7 Media Center

Engadget has a nice compairion of TiVo Premiere versus Windows 7 Media Center. It makes a pretty compelling case for WMC if you’re PC savvy.  Although TiVo and ReplayTV were the first DVRs on the market, Microsoft’s software actually powered the DISHPlayer Satellite DVR in late 1999. So here we are over 10 years later and while TiVo and Microsoft […]

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A Basic Overview of GPU HD Video Processing


UPDATE: New and easier to read GPU Comparison here. CHARTS UPDATED January 7, 2011! With all kinds of questions about what GPU can accelerate what codec? and how much acceleration does it offer? I’ve been working on helping to answer these questions in various revisions of this guide off and on since 2008… Updated with Flash 10.1 and HDMI 1.4 information! The Table and […]

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Radeon HD 5450 — Next Gen ATI at $50

Half-height, passive, does HDMI bitstreaming and does dual-stream video decode. Now the only question is if it will properly deinterlace 1080i…   AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card, the latest addition to the award-winning line-up of ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series graphics cards. The ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card delivers a […]

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 & 630: The First $99 Quad Core CPU

Seems AMD is set to make a little affordable quad-core coup with their new Athlon II X4’s   How does AMD respond to Lynnfield? Is it by drastically cutting prices on Phenom II? Nope. By introducing the world’s first quad-core processor to debut at $99. Now that’s cool. AMD effectively knocked 40% off the value of Intel’s low end quad-core […]

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More CableCARD information from AnandTech

Anand got a bit more information and discusses the known and speculated requirements for building a CableCARD ready system. See the comments for more highlights from the blog post.   To be frank, we’re not sure what Microsoft has done to get CableLabs to loosen their grip on matters. Certainly there is a DRM component in the use Microsoft’s fairly […]

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DTV — Will they, Won’t they? Continues

Unlike the clear majority vote in the Senate, the House of Representatives did not vote in the June delay of the DTV transition. The national transition to digital television remains on track for a scheduled date of February 17, after the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a proposal to delay the switchover. [CNET]

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Transition Trip-ups


The digital TV transition is a rather interesting problem for America.  People want their TV, but the digital transition is going to confuse many people when it takes effect. Let’s discuss the foremost issues: funding and timing. As of this morning, January 28th, unlike the Senate, the House of Representatives voted ‘No’ on the extension of the DTV transition to June. This means […]

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First look at Boxee Alpha media center for Windows

A sneak peeak at Boxee for Windows, it looks very promising with Media Center remote support! One of the best things about the way Boxee handles online video is that every movie opens in full screen mode. You can tell that the developers have designed this application to use a full screen interface that will look as good on your […]

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