Plextor ConvertX PVRs Now Support Linux

Plextor just released an open source (GPL) Linux SDK for their very cool ConvertX PVR USB tuner/encoder product

This is great news for Linux PVR users who want to use an external device (linux support for the other major external tuner/encoder the Hauppauge wintvPVR USB2 was a little sketchy) or want hardware based MPEG-4 encoding in their MythTV or Freevo homebrew PVR. The ConvertX supports Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux!

The full press release is available here

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Media Portal 0.1.09 Released

Media Portal, the very cool open source windows media portal/PVR solution, has released version 0.1.09 My TV : Many fixes for multi-tuner and single tuner setups My TV : added radio support for DVB-s/C/T and analog capture cards My News : increased maximum number of feeds to 100 General : MP now keeps a backup … Read more

FCC Broadcast Flag Court Battle

Oral arguments in the case against the FCC Broadcast Flag were heard earlier this week, and in surprisingly rapid fashion a ruling has been handed down. The US broadcast regulator has been told by appeal judges it has “crossed the line” with an anti-piracy tag which stops programmes being copied. cnet coverage: Court questions FCC’s … Read more

Preliminary Linux IVTV Driver Support for PVR150 & PVR500!

Whoot! Although it is a preliminary release, there’s encouraging news that the linux folks will be able to use the cheaper Hauppauge WinTV PVR150 with mythTV/Linux!! Good job Ulf, Chris Kennedy, and anyone else that pitched in on coding, documenting, experimenting, testing, etc this frequently asked for linux tuner/encoder driver in the IVTV project Here’s … Read more

TivoToGo Launches Today

TivoToGo Launch today ( Yahoo news PR clipping | SF Chronicle | wired news coverage )

“The long-awaited service feature called TiVoToGo, set to launch Monday, will give users their first taste of TiVo untethered.

No longer confined to TiVo digital video recorders in the living room or bedroom, subscribers will be able to transfer their recorded shows to PCs or laptops and take them on the road – as long as the shows are not specially tagged with copy restrictions. That’s also the case for pay-per-view or on-demand movies, and some premium paid programming.”

(emPHAsis mine) SlashDot also picked up on the discussion I quickly downloaded the TivoToGo desktop sofware, BUT it can’t “see” my TiVo because I haven’t been upgraded to version 7.x of the TiVo software =( So that was a pretty useless, paper launch IMHO…

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