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October 31, 2014

ChrisTV 5.0 now availble

This one seems to have slipped through the cracks here at PVR Wire, but better late than never. A couple of days ago ChrisTV hit the big version 5.00 mark. For those of you unfamiliar with ChrisTV, it's yet another Windows based PVR option. Although it may not be as well polished or slick as some of the bigger boys (think Microsoft, SageTV, SnapStream, etc), it is still an alternative that you may...

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Freevo moves up to 1.7.0

Freevo, one of the older PVR software solutions, has pushed out a new revision, 1.7.0 (up from 1.6.0). Although it does offer some of the standard bug fixes that come with these kinds of releases, there are also a few new features bundled with it such as: • A web interface which gives you access to media stored on the machine • A "web remote" • A new encodeserver which can compress...

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Network storage for all your HTPC needs

Yesterday Brad pointed us to a nice guide which went into detail with regards to building the perfect HTPC. Well that's all fine and dandy, but what happens when you have two or more in your house and you want to start sharing content between them? Sure, Microsoft has told us about their upcoming Home Server, but unfortunately it won't quite do what we are looking for, and we don't know the exact...

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EchoStar and Showtime bump Showtime Interactive up to 2.0

CED Magazine is carrying a piece about a continued joint partnership between Showtime and EchoStar which will give birth to Showtime Interactive 2.0. The concept behind the deal is to create a zone accessible via EchoStar PVRs where users can go to get exclusive material. So far it looks like there will be the usual kind of stuff, like interviews with various celebrities, "the making of" style of...

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Wow that was quick: WebGuide gadget is here

Not even 2 full days ago, Brad wrote about how we can expect to see a Vista Sidebar Gadget for WebGuide 4.0. But at the time no there no date set in stone as to when it would be available to download. Well at some point within the last 24 hours or so the creator of WebGuide4, Doug Berret, posted the release version, which can be obtained from his website....

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DVRMSToolbox 1.1.0.4 has been released

A few days ago I made a brief mention of DVRMSToolbox in a post about enabling Commercial Skip in Media Center. Since then, a newer version (1.1.0.4) has been released and can be obtained from the author's blog. If you haven't used DVRMSToolbox in the past, I would highly recommend checking it out if you run a Media Center based PC. It adds a whole new level of flexibility to the experience by...

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MediaCentral: A Media Center for your Mac

Now that the AppleTV is out and about and we can see what it is (or isn't) capable of, there are still a lot of people looking for PVR functionality on their Macs. In the past we have mentioned some options, but today Mac News offers up a review of MediaCentral. MediaCentral supports a lot of the standard features such as a Music section, an area for pictures as well as a DVD library. Some of the...

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Easy commercial skipping in Media Center

Yesterday Nielson released some new findings regarding how likely PVR users are to watch commercials. Well today is a new day and with that Chris Lanier has given us a quick run-through of what needs to be done to activate automatic commercial skipping in Media Center. Take that Nielson ... The main ingredient for this tasty treat is the good old DVRMSToolbox application which can be found here....

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Nielson tells us about our PVR viewing habits

The Nielsen Company released some new findings yesterday which looked at the relationship between PVR viewing habits (e.g. commercial skipping) and how much time has passed since the program was recorded. In a nutshell, are people more likely to watch commercials if they view the show right away? Nielsen's answer to that question is a yes. In fact their words were "playback that occurs closest to...

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PVR Showdown: MythTV vs. TiVo Series 3

If you are a PVR enthusiast and it comes time to choose a new PVR, do you build it yourself and possibly save some money, or do you play it safe and buy an off the shelf solution? DVR Playground decided to toss two of the top PVR solutions into the ring together to see who would win: MythTV or the TiVo Series 3. Some of the factors that they looked at included ease of use, setup and the features...

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