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DirecTV announces $59 ATSC tuner for HR21 PVR

Sure the DirecTV HR21 digital video recorder is pretty and all. And it can record up to 100 hours of MPEG-4 HD video, which is nice. But the HR21 lacks one thing its predecessor the HR20 had: the ability to record over the air HDTV. That's because the HR21 does not include an ATSC tuner. It looks like DirecTV is remedying that situation by releasing the AM21, an optional box that sits above or below your HR21 and provides not one, but two ATSC tuners for just $59. Considering the fact that you'd be hard pressed to find a good PCI card with 1 ATSC tuner for that price, I'm not really sure how much business sense this move makes. I guess DirecTV was able to keep the costs down on already expensive HR21 by omitting a feature that not every user will need. So even if DirecTV is selling the AM21 at or just below cost, the fact that many users will not buy one could make some sense. But I don't see why they wouldn't charge a few bucks more. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. [via EngadgetHD]...

TV tuners keep getting cheaper - Hauppauge intros PCIe card for $49

There's never been a better time to be in the market for a TV tuner card for your home theater PC. You know, unless you're looking for a high end tuner that will let you do something like record Digital Cable or Satellite TV signals directly on your PC. CableCard and satellite tuners are either expensive or not-yet existent. But if you're looking for a PCI Express card that can handle standard NTSC and ATSC signals, Hauppauge has announced a new $49 TV tuner that should fit the bill. The WinTV-HVR-1250 can record standard analog TV or over the air HDTV. It can also handle ClearQAM, which is just a fancy word for unencrypted digital cable HDTV signals. The TV tuner is certified for use with Windows Vista Media Center, but should also work with other PC-based PVR software. The WinTV-HVR-1250 should be available laster this month....

Equinox launches USB TV tuner for Mac

In the market for a Mac-friendly USB TV tuner? Up until recently the market's been pretty much cornered by Elgato and Miglia. But last year Hauppauge announced that some of its popular TV tuners for PC were now Mac compatible. Or if none of those tuners are doing it for you, check out the new TubeStick hybrid from Equinox. This $129 tuner can handle NTSC, ATSC, and ClearQAM signals. In layman's terms, that means you can plug in an analog cable, a digital antenna for over the air HDTV, or user the tuner to decode unencrypted HD cable channels. The TubeStick hybrid comes with a portable antenna for watching over the air programs on the go, but we'd recommend spending a few bucks on a higher quality antenna if you plan to use this tuner at home. The tuner is also compatible with Windows. [via Engadget]...

Hauppauge releases beta ClearQAM driver for TV tuners

Hauppauge has released beta software that adds ClearQAM support to several of its HDTV television tuner cards. If you've got an HVR-1250, HVR-1600, HVR-1800, or HVR-2250, right now you can tune into analog NTSC broadcasts or over the air ATSC signals. But no matter how many times you plug in the cable that runs to your digital cable box, you're not going to pick anything up without the new beta driver. Once the new drivers are installed on a Windows Vista computer (sorry, Windows XP and Mac OS X are not supported), you should be able to access Hauppauge's ClearQAM scanner in the programs section of Vista Media Center. Using this tool, you can find any unencrypted digital cable channels available in your area. Typically broadcast networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the CW don't encrypt their signals while premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime do. [via Chris Lanier]...

Deal of the Day: Hauppauge HD TV Tuner for $70

Amazon has a great deal on the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 HDTV tuner. This NTSC/ATSC card normally sells for $90 to $100, but Amazon has it for $70 after rebate. The card has two separate tuners, a 125 channel cable/antenna tuner, and an ATSC digital TV tuner that can be plugged into a high definition antenna. In other words, you can use the card to record two programs at the same time, as long as they're from separate sources. The HVR-1600 comes with a Hauppauge IR remote control and WinTV2000 software which is sufficient for testing out your tuner, but I'd highly recommend checking out Windows Media Center, BeyondTV, SageTV, GB-PVR, Media Portal (for Windows users) or MythTV (for Linux) if you want to take full advantage of this card....

AverMedia launches new PCI Express TV tuner

AverMedia launched the latest member of its AverTV television tuner card line today. The AverMedia AverTV Combo PCIe is a PCI Express card that can handle HD and analog recording duties. It's got an ATSC/QAM tuner, and is designed to work with Windows XP, Windows XP MCE 2005, and Windows Vista. The AverMedia AverTV Combo PCIe card includes a Media Center Remote control. The package should set you back about $120. ...

Plextor announces USB HDTV tuner

Plextor has announced a new entry in the USB HDTV tuner game, the PX-HDTV500U. The stick-style tuner comes with software that does everything you'd expect including pausing and recording live HDTV. The tuner supports: ATSC recordings Automatic channel scanning Picture in Picture Still picture capture 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios The PX-HDTV500U will be available in North America in April for around $99. Only Windows 2000, XP, or Vista users need apply....

BeyondTV 4.6.1 beta adds support for HDHomeRun

Snapstream just pushed out a beta of BeyondTV 4.61. The big new feature? Support for the HDHomeRun. Why is that important? Because the HDHomeRun lets you record HD content in two ways. First, it's got an ATSC over-the-air tuner. But you can also use it to record QAM unencrypted HD channels from your cable company. While most cable companies encrypt the majority of their channels, you can usually pick up your local network affiliates unencrypted. So BeyondTV 4.6.1 could let you record content from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the CW on your PC. Setup isn't for the faint of heart. But Snapstream's got a set of instructions in their beta tester forum....

Sony announces PVR add-on for PS3

We knew this was coming, but we didn't expect it so soon. Today Sony announced the PlayTV, a combination dual digital TV tuner and personal video recorder for the Playstation3. The two tuners are HDTV ready, and can handle video up to 1080p. The PlayTV will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain early next year. The digital TV tuner uses the DVB-T format and is built for European use. There's no word whether an ATSC or NTSC version will be released in the US anytime soon. The PlayTV will let users watch live TV or record programs for watching or transferring to a Playstation Portable. It's not clear whether there will be DRM restrictions that prevent you from transferring recordings to a PC or other portable device. [via Joystiq] ...

Pick up a Pinnacle PCTV HD tuner for $50 today only

If you're in the market for an HDTV tuner for your PC, you might want to head on over to Woot. Today the bargain site is offering a Pinnacle PCTV HD tuner for $50, which is about as low a price as I've seen. The PCTV HD can pick up ATSC/NTSC signals. In other words, you can use it to record high-def digital TV from an over-the-air antenna, or you can use it as a standard definition tuner for analog cable. The PCTV HD also supports FM Radio and ClearQAM, which means you should be able to pick up unencrypted HD signals from your cable provider. The card comes with a remote controll, FM antenna, and an A/V input adapter....

Deal of the day: Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick for $40

If you're in the market for a cheap HDTV tuner, you might want to check out Woot today. The web retailer is offering the Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick for $40, which is less than half its regular price. This USB tuner plugs into your PC via a USB 2.0 port and lets you watch or record NTSC or ATSC broadcasts. That means you can plug in an analog or digital antenna, or connect an analog cable, vcr, dvd player, or other device. The tuner comes with a remote control, a portable antenna, and a USB extender cable. It also comes with the Pinnacle MediaCenter software for PC. But by all reports this software stinks and you should probably find your own PVR software like Windows Media Center, BeyondTV, SageTV, Media Portal, or GB-PVR....

Win a 32-inch LCD HDTV on TV Squad's second birthday!

That's right -- it's TV Squad's second birthday already. Well, actually it was this past Saturday, but who's counting? In honor of this festive occasion, we thought it'd be a fitting time to not only present another contest to our readers, but one with a kick-ass prize. And the kicker: all you need to do is post a comment below telling us what your favorite show on TV is! Now for the more important business at hand: the prize. How does a Samsung LNS3241D 32" Wide LCD HDTV with Integrated ATSC Tuner suit you? I've got a similar TV at my own home, and the 3000:1 contrast ratio is pretty spectacular. Some basic rules and clarifications: - To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating what your favorite show is. What show you mention makes absolutely no difference, as long as it's a real one on TV. - The comment must be left before March 16, 2007 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. - You can only enter once. - The winning entry will be chosen completely at random. And now we present you with the legalities of the...

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Acogito launches place-shifting PVR

Acogito's newest box set-to-box combines your basic TiVo and Slingbox functionality, allowing you to record HDTV and stream it over the internet to your broadband-connected PC. If history has taught us anything, it's hard to best either of these companies on an ease-of-use front, but an all-in-one box sounds cool enough that we're willing to root for the underdog. The "Roaming Machine," (their name, not ours), streams video using the H.264 codec. The Roaming Machine comes in three different varieties: A US version for recording ATSC/QAM/NTSC signals A European version for recording DVB-S/DVB-T/PAL signals A "worldwide" model that handles IPTV sources Acogito is also launching a "RoamingTV," which is an LCD TV with similar place-shifting capabilities. No word on pricing or availability. [via Engadget]...

Weekend Deal: HDHomeRun and Gyration Remote for $199

PCAlchemy is running a special on a new hardware bundle through Sunday. You can pick up a HDHomeRun and a Gyration remote control for just $199. The two items sell for a total of $249 if purchased separately. The HDHomeRun is a dual ATSC/QAM digital tuner that can be connected to your home network via ethernet. That means any PC on your network can access its tuners. The Gyration remote control is both a standard media center remote control and a mouse-away-from your mouse. You can use the remote to control an on-screen cursor by moving the remote through the air. It's great for accessing web content and other material that isn't designed with a 10-foot interface from the comfort of your sofa. [via Project HTPC]...

Exceptional Innovation announces Life|media server

Exceptional Innovation, the company behind Life|ware home automation for Windows Media Center machines is launching its own PC line. Life|media servers will include home automation features to control your lights, security and heating and cooling system. But like any good media center PC, these high end machines are optimized for media. With prices starting at $4,500, the media servers pack Intel Core 2 Duo or quad-core chips, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 4.5TB of HDD space in a RAID 5 array, support for CableCarrd, NTSC/ATSC tunors, and HD-DVD/Blu-Ray optical drives. There's also an optical audio out, an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, a 28-in-1 card reader, and your usual assortment of HDMI, DVI, S-Video, composite, serial, USB 2.0, Firewire, and IR inputs and outputs. [via Engadget]...

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