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Entries Tagged as 'Home Theater'

Miro — a DVR for internet video

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Miro LogoI’ve had a DVR (“digital video recorder”, such as TiVo) in my home theater for years. My DVR allows me to schedule TV recordings and watch them at a later time, freeing me from being a slave to the TV network broadcast schedules. In fact, I’ve become so accustomed to this way of watching television that I don’t even really know when the shows I watch are actually broadcast. When I sit down to watch my television shows I’m shown a list of recordings which my DVR has made for me and I choose a show to watch from that list.

Now what if I told you that there was a way to do that same thing with much of the video which you watch on the internet? There is, and its name is Miro. Let’s take a closer look.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater

Joost — the future of television?

April 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Joost LogoThere have been a number of attempts to stream television shows and other types of video programming over the internet. All of these efforts have run into problems of one form or another – some technical, some legal, some monetary, and some a combination of all of the above. All of these attempts had one thing in common, however: they offered poor quality internet TV service containing little or no compelling programming.

The latest attempt to deliver quality TV over the internet is called Joost. It’s still in beta but it’s far enough along to demonstrate that its creators have learned from the mistakes of their predecessors. Joost may even offer a glimpse at the future of television. Let’s take a look at what Joost is and what makes it different.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater

Already a Netflix member? Stream movies to your PC for free with Watch it Now

April 15th, 2007 · 19 Comments

Netflix LogoIf you’re already a subscriber to Netflix, the DVD rental website, you also have access to a new feature they’re rolling out called “Watch it Now” which allows you to stream content from the Netflix site to your PC. And you can’t beat the price: free. Let’s take a look at what Watch it Now is, what it does, and how you can activate it on your account.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater

How to run MythTV on Windows

January 3rd, 2007 · 11 Comments

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You may have heard of MythTV, the free TiVo-like application that can handle just about all of your multimedia needs. It can record and play back TV shows, including HDTV programming. It can be used to view your pictures, your weather forecast, and your favorite RSS feeds. It can rip and play back your music CD’s and your DVD’s. It can even display the list of movies you have in your NetFlix queue.

And it only runs on Linux.

So what if you’re a Windows user who wants to find out what MythTV is all about? Up until recently your couldn’t, but now you can. Here’s how.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater · Linux · Virtualization

HDHomeRun – Because HDTV isn’t just for TV’s

December 12th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Watch HDTV on your computers, not just on your TV

How many devices do you have in your house that are capable of displaying high-definition content but have no way of getting high-definition content? If you have an HD television you can use your TV’s tuner (or external cable/satellite box) to tune the HD signal. But what if you also have a computer? Or two? Or three? Those devices are probably also capable of displaying HD content but have no easy way of actually receiving HD content. So how do you get that HD content to each of them without having to buy a separate HDTV tuner card for each PC?

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater

EUTOMASITAD: Watching TV

August 26th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Like most people, I watch television programs and movies on my TV, not on my computer screen. As with many things in life, however, I’ve learned to make this otherwise simple activity quite complicated through EUTOMASITAD (Excessive Use of Technology to Make Simple Tasks Difficult).

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Tags: EUTOMASITAD · Home Theater