With the official launch of Windows 8 comes the official support of premium cable content via one of the various CableCARD tuners originally designed for Windows 7 Media Center. Silicon Dust is at the front of the pack as Media Center on Windows 8 is already officially supported and the documentation is available for both the HDHomeRun Prime as well as the ATSC or QAM HDHomeRun. The only feature we noticed was not supported for now, is WMC Sync. Ceton is still working on the official driver for its InfiniTV 4, but reassures us that the Windows 7 driver “does work relatively well,” although, is unsupported — the real loss here is that there are no plans to bring the InfiniTV tuner sharing feature to Windows 8. Last up is Hauppauge, who doesn’t have a single mention of support of Windows 8 for the WinTV-DCR-2650 on its site (we reached out to them, will update once we hear back). Of course, support by Media Center and Windows 8 is one thing, but we’re really waiting for a mention that any “Windows Store Apps” that can play nicely with all this premium HD content.
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MediaPortal is a rare veteran spinoff of XBMC — a testament to its fan base, but also a sign that it needs a fresh coat of paint. A new 1.3 beta might offer just what home theater PC users have been looking for to keep the front end relevant, at least in the short term. It carries a much more contemporary (and less Windows Media Center-like) skin with minor tweaks to the layout and overall interface. CableCARD support also makes its overdue appearance, although the lack of official CableLabs approval keeps the software from recognizing any copy-protected shows. Don’t fret if those additions aren’t enough, however — we’ve been given a hint as to what the long-in-development MediaPortal 2 will offer through a pair of videos. The clips are largely top-level overviews, but they allude to mobile tie-ins, events, extensions, more skin support, video backgrounds and news. With an Autumn Build of MP2 available “right around the corner” for viewers, it might not be long before we learn what those new additions are like through first-hand experience.
It seems like just yesterday that we couldn’t find a CableCARD tuner anywhere, and news that Hauppauge has has announced a name, price for its new device highlights what has suddenly become a flood of ways to get pay-TV on your HTPC. MissingRemote dug up a post on Hauppauge’s Facebook page announcing the dual tuner WinTV-DCR-2650, which it developed in partnership with SiliconDust and plans to ship by the end of this month for just 9. It’s already certified by CableLabs so everything appears to be ready to go, with preorders apparently ready to begin Monday through the company’s direct store and Amazon. Are any of you canceling a HDHomeRun/InfiniTV 4 order and switching over?
[Thanks, Craig, Brian & Joe]
Whether it’s due to pressure from SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun Prime or as a result of simplified hardware is unclear, but Ceton’s InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner is now available for as little as 6 shipped. Forum posters at Missing Remote noticed a 2 fire sale for the HTPC cable TV adapters going on eBay Friday, before prices dropped precipitously at Buy.com (4), and an Amazon third party (5). Lesser known Erwin Computers currently claims the lowest price, while Ceton’s official Amazon listing and those of other resellers like Cannon PC and Fluid Digital remain at the 9 MSRP — for now. The choice is yours — wait for official word and to see if prices drop any lower or click the buy button now and get some (network sharable) cable TV reception for your computer in time for the second episode of Teen Wolf on MTV.
After a very long and wait since the pre-orders began, we just got the official word that the long sought after quad CableCARD tuner, the InfiniTV 4, is on US shores and has cleared customs. The bad news is that the manufacturing troubles aren’t completely over yet and there aren’t enough to fill all the pre-orders. If you had enough insight to be the first to get your order in though, you’ll be receiving yours next week. In the meantime you can get started on the installation instructions on Ceton’s site by first running the Digital Cable Adviser and then running the driver installer (coming soon) while you wait. You may also want to go ahead and schedule your truck roll as this toy isn’t very useful without a CableCARD, and most cable companies won’t let you install the CableCARD yourself. This is certainly the best news for HTPC fans since Microsoft announced the end of the OEM PC CableCARD requirement and although 0 is not the cheapest way to get a DVR, it is one of the only ways to record four HD premium channels at once.