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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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Power Consumption Should Drive Your HTPC Build

27. February 2010

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Perusing various media center websites and forums, I am struck by one thing: people make their HTPCs too powerful.  Playing 1080p movies is a fairly easy task for most modern video cards.  You do not need some crazy system to provide a smooth experience.  All that extra processing power comes at a cost: higher energy […]

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Sony Still Selling Digital Cable Tuners

31. October 2008

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Update: The tuners now are no longer available. Canon PC is the only place to get new tuners, besides Ebay After a brief hiatus, Sony has started Vaio-branded digital cable tuners once again at the price of $299 with free shipping. Sonystyle.com is one of the few places to purchase standalone cable tuners if you […]

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HP m9300t and Coupons | Cheapest Media Center with Digital Cable Tuner

13. July 2008

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Watching HD programming from your cable provider requires a digital cable tuner for your computer. Unfortunately, certain digital rights management restrictions do not allow you to buy such a tuner off the shelf and plug it into an existing computer. You have to buy a new computer from the likes of Dell or HP. There […]

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How to Prioritize Tuners in Vista MCE

2. May 2008

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I have been looking for a way to prioritize my tuners in Vista Media Center. Why do I want dictate which tuner is used as the default? Mainly to avoid digital rights management. I currently use the HDHomerun as a QAM tuner to receive unencrypted HD channels on my computer. This tuner allows me to […]

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Sony | Refurbished Digital Cable Tuners Now Available

26. April 2008

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Sony made a splash in the media center world a couple of months ago being the first OEM to sell individual digital cable tuners, which are used to watch HD programming on premium cable channels. While you still need to have a computer with the special version of Vista that supported digital cable tuners, Sony […]

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Dell to Make Digital Cable Tuners Standard on New PCs

6. December 2007

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According to PCMag, Dell is planning on re-entering the Digital Cable Tuner market by this summer. Currently, Dell is not offering consumers the option to buy DCTs since the XPS 420 is not approved by CableLabs. Dell’s new strategy will be a slight deviation from most OEM’s. DCTs require two things: 1) an upgraded BIOS […]

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How CableCard DRM Benefits Microsoft

29. November 2007

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SageTV has been adding all sorts of media center features to its product line, including clear QAM support and HD media extenders. They are completely out-innovating Microsoft. With all the features they are delivering, there is one lingering problem: SageTV does not support digital cable tuners and CableCards (i.e. cannot watch.record premium HD cable content). […]

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Inteset Adds Quad CableCard Support to Denzel Server

27. November 2007

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Another company has added themelves to the list of companies selling media center computers that support up to 4 digital cable tuners: Inteset. From CEPro: With four CableCard tuners, the Inteset server can distribute to up to 5 media center extenders with four Live TV streams and one pre-recorded stream. At $300 a piece, 4 […]

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S1Digital | Spend an Evening with Media Center on December 5

20. November 2007

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S1Digital and Microsoft are hosting a Media Center event in Manahattan on December 5th. If you live or work in Manhattan, it might be worth checking out. S1Digital is a Microsoft OEM that sells media center pcs with Digital Cable Tuners so you can record cable HD television shows on your computer. The average person […]

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