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World's Smallest PVR? TiVX 2230 Review 19

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the if-you-just-can't-handle-stuff-in-your-living-room dept.
Dave writes "GadgetZone takes a look at the DViCO TiVX 2230, the world's smallest PVR. The internal notebook drive means it can be used as a portable hard drive, then installed in the living room and used as a full media player and PVR. It's definitely a nifty little gadget."
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World's Smallest PVR? TiVX 2230 Review

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  • by Joe U (443617) on Friday October 17, 2008 @05:03PM (#25419029) Homepage Journal

    The problem with these and other non-cable co DVR's is that you're limited to OTA HD content or unencrypted QAM (OTA HD that's re-broadcast pretty much). I hate to say it, but you have to get your DVR from the cable company of you want the full feature set.

    I love my HTPC, I wish I could record (or at least watch) HBO-HD on it.

    • by the_crowbar (149535) on Friday October 17, 2008 @05:28PM (#25419373)

      Check out the Hauppauge HD-PVR. It records HD via component video and I think the newest firmware enables 5.1 audio. It is a hardware encoder and requires almost no CPU to record (you just save the video strem to disk). Playback on the other hand requires a very beefy system. Under Linux a 3.0GHz is about the minimum requirement. Windows users may be able to offload some of the video decoding to their graphics card.

      Linky: http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html [hauppauge.com]

    • Re: (Score:1, Redundant)

      by Orphaze (243436)

      You can. All you need is this: http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html [hauppauge.com]

      It is basically a hardware HD x264 encoder that works in conjunction with your HD tuner. Hook it up to the component outputs of your cable/satellite provider's tuner box, use an irblaster to change channels, and you're in business. (MythTV's support is nearly stable now last I heard.)

      You lose a bit of quality in the A/D conversion, but it does allow you access to 100 percent of your HD material. That is, until analog output

      • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "It is basically a hardware HD x264 encoder"

        H264, not x264. x264 is a free software implementation of the h264 standard.

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The problem with these and other non-cable co DVR's is that you're limited to OTA HD content or unencrypted QAM (OTA HD that's re-broadcast pretty much). I hate to say it, but you have to get your DVR from the cable company of you want the full feature set.

      I love my HTPC, I wish I could record (or at least watch) HBO-HD on it.

      The HD Tivo accepts cable cards.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by markdavis (642305)

      >you have to get your DVR from the cable company of you want the full feature set

      That is not completely true. TiVo HD supports cable cards and can tune encrypted HD cable, as well as analog and digital OTA. For the moment, it can't deal with SDV, though.

    • by quenda (644621)

      I love my HTPC, I wish I could record (or at least watch) HBO-HD on it.

      You live in the wrong place then. In Oz we get the best HBO shows in hi-def DRM-free DVB over free-to-air.
      Of course they add 50% to the show length by mixing in adverts, so you need an HTPC to cut them out. I wish we could just pay for cable instead of "free" with adverts.

    • My cable company only even offers the OTA digital HD channels you insensitive clod. Actually.. that's not even true. They "offer" six of the roughly thirty-three OTA digital channels I can get, though many of the ones they don't offer or pass through aren't HD.

    • by jpyeron (456009) *

      I wonder if there would be any merit to a class action law suit on this. I recently took advantage of the FCC decision http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238850A1.pdf [fcc.gov] to require IEEE-1394 / FireWire out from the cable boxes, to find out the 160$ package I bought could not be watched on my FireWire enabled DVR & display.

      So I went out and bought a HDMI to DVI cable http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SkuSearch_v2.asp?SCriteria=BA22631 [mwave.com] to watch on my projector & DVI flat panel to get an ove

  • No? Meh.

    Too many channels. Too much crap. Too little time.

     

  • Seems the people writing the articles can't decide whether it is TiVX or TViX. Looks closer to TV'X to me.

  • popcorn hour (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I've considering getting a TViX, but with the unrealistic HD PVR capability, I'd rather just get a Popcorn Hour or something similar and stream my existing media.
  • Judging from that picture, it looks *bigger* than the any Archos media player plus the DVR dock. I have an Archos myself and it is a great gadget and very useful in this respect.

    I don't know why they're calling this the "smallest PVR" when there are smaller ones around.

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