Roku just announced that it'll be bringing Hulu Plus to its low-cost streaming video boxes later this fall. It's a great move, one that will move the evolution of TV one step further towards true connectedness. Along with Google TV, Apple TV, Boxee Box, and all the rest, this is part of a major push towards making your TV as web-happy as your computer.
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.14.2008 at 4:09 pm 0 Comments
Your TV just came another step closer to your computer. TiVo has partnered with YouTube to bring its content to broadband-connected subscribers with the Series 3 and HD set-top boxes. This means youll no longer have to drag the laptop downstairs or force everybody to huddle around the tiny screen of your iPhone at parties to show your guests the latest pratfalls. Just flick on your TV and youre set.
With one simple add-on card, you can turn your laptop into a digital video recorder.
By Mike HaneyPosted 03.03.2006 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
Make a Laptop DVR Cost: $110 Time: 30 minutes Easy | | | | | Hard
How It Works:
Use the CD to install on your laptop the software and drivers for the Instant TV card. Restart, and plug in the card.
Connect to a video source (cable box or jack, TiVo) using either the S-video plugs or composite (red, white and yellow) plugs.
Open the Ulead InstaMedia software (the CD will also install a program called Instant TV, but it's clunky). Select "Settings." Choose your connection type, then choose the recording quality you want (a medium setting is fine for laptop playback).
Sit back and watch TV. Hit "Timer Record" or use titantv.com to schedule a recording.
Outgoing Federal Communi-cations Commission chair Michael Powell once told an audience at the International Consumer Electronics Show that TiVo was “God's machine.” He's right. Once you've had one, you can never go back to dumb TV, where you're stuck watching whatever is actually on at that moment.
Today you can buy similar devices for radio—sometimes called RiVos—including Griffin's Radio Shark and Neuros's MP3 Computer, that connect to your computer and record programs to your hard drive.
There's Linux code to turn an old PC
into a personal video recorder. Some people don't like that idea at all.
By Paul WallichPosted 10.28.2002 at 4:42 pm 0 Comments
Take one digital video capture card, a big cheap hard disk, a home-brew infrared receiver, and a seven-year-old PC out of your nearest closet or dumpster. Add some free software and-voila!-you have a personal video recorder, your own homemade Tivo. As with Tivo, watch what you want, when you want. Thumb your nose at the head of Turner Broadcasting or whoever else is angry that you have broken your "contract" to sit through commercials and are "stealing" programming if you don't. Know that you have built this insidious entertainment appliance yourself.