Archive | June 9, 2010

Hauppauge HD-PVR adds official support Media Center

In a move that I am sure many of you were waiting for a long time, Hauppauge finally announces native support for Windows Media Center for their flagship product, HD-PVR. You can find the newly released drivers (albeit in beta) here.(be sure to navigate to HD PVR for Windows Media Center Tab). Amazon has it available for $194 with no taxes and free shipping in most of the country.

The HD PVR support for Windows Media Center allows you to use the HD PVR to watch, pause and record high definition TV under Windows 7 Media Center from a cable TV or satellite set top box. It operates in a similar way as other Hauppauge TV tuners for Windows Media Center, but the HD PVR records in high definition using H.264 encoding.

Currently they only support the DirectTV EPG (electronic program guide) but not the Dish Network one. (watch and record still works, just the integration is not complete).

WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player launched with Netflix support

Yet another device gets the now mandatory Netflix support, which is of course a good news for everybody. The highly rated WD TV Live media streamer line adds a new member, WD TV Live Plus HD and it really shines. Among the most important features are DLNA client, support for web clients like: YouTube, Flickr, Pandora, daily video podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN. With HDMI output and support for full HD (1080p), WD TV Live line is capable of playing for a long time already the most popular codecs. Available for pre-order at Amazon for $120 with free shipping and no taxes. I just pre-ordered it myself, so check back soon for a full review. Check after the break for photo gallery and technical details including the full list of codecs supported.

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