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Silicondust DVR Finally Receives DRM Approval

31. January 2017

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Over the last two years, Silicondust has been attempting to migrate away from Windows Media Center. Protected content playback was available on Android TV using the HDHomerun app. They tried to get the DVR portion moving with Kickstarter project. The DVR worked fine but did not support protected content, like HBO. Over the weekend on […]

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HD Homerun Prime Initial Impressions

8. September 2011

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My HDHomerun Prime arrived in the mail last week.  I pre-ordered in May and once the tuner hit the streats, it took about 3 weeks for Neweeg to send me one.  If you are going to use Windows Media Center as your DVR, a cablecard tuner is a “must have.” Over the last 10 months, […]

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Ceton InfiniTV Not Able to Record Super Bowl

8. February 2011

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About 2 months ago, I finally received a Ceton digital cable tuner card.  I used to own an ATI DCT but Verizon updated some Fios security setting  rendering that tuner card useless.  Since ATI no longer supports their DCT, I was out of luck until my Ceton Card arrived in November. Everything was great with […]

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Used Dell XPS 420: Cheapest Cablecard computer?

8. March 2009

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Dell recently discontinued their line of XPS 420 computers. Why is this interesting? The 420’s were the only computers to come standard with the version of Vista that supports digital cable tuners (i.e. it came with a digital cable product ID). I would suggest verifying with the seller that a digital cable product ID is […]

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Sony TP25 HTPC | A Useless Design

8. January 2008

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Sony announced the replacement to the VGX-XL3 media center pc, which is the dual CableCard TP25. The VGX-Xl3 was a sleek machine that looked like a high-end A/V component. It’s main flaws were the lack of an adequate video card and having only one digital cable tuner, instead of the expected two. The TP25, based […]

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M-Card Cable Tuner Card for Microsoft Vista

5. November 2007

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Ceton has announced their upcoming M-Card Digital Cable Tuner. From their website: Connect your Microsoft Vista Media Center PC to any U.S. Cable TV Company including Comcast, Time-Warner, Cox, Charter, etc., to watch and record Cable programming via the new multi-stream, bi-directional CableCARD, the M-Card. Pause, rewind, fast forward, and record live TV utilizing Media […]

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Where Are the Set Top Boxes with CableCard?

18. October 2007

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ArsTechnica has an article on the CableCard integration required by the FCC, always a confusing subject. Basically, the U.S. government has tried to create a new market for cable set-top boxes with the CableCard requirement. From the article: Beginning in July, though, cable operators became subject to the “integration ban” and could no longer offer […]

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Sony Discontinues Vaio VGX-XL3

1. October 2007

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Not surprisingly, Sony has discontinued the sale of the Vaio VGX-XL3, which was a flawed but great looking media center with CableCard support. Presumably this is because of poor sales but I also think that the VGX-XL3 was already obsolete. Priced at almost $2,700, it only had one digital cable tuner and a video card […]

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VAIO LT Series PC/TV All-In-One | Sony Offers New CableCard Computer

29. August 2007

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Sony has just released their latest iMac competitor, called the VAIO LT Series. Like the iMac, the VAIO LT is an all-in-one solution, meaning the compter and the monitor are combined. The VAIO LT trumps the featues of the iMac with its high definition options. The HD version of the VAIO LT, which costs $2,900) […]

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Alienware Updates Hangar 18 with CableCard

18. August 2007

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Alienware is finally getting around to updating the Hangar 18 with CableCard support. Apparently the first iteration of the Hangar 18 sans CableCard support was a resounding success, which is surprising to me because of its complete lack of HD support. CE Pro has the scoop: Soon, Alienware will offer CableCard support for the Hangar […]

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