Rakesh from Snapstream has the latest scoop on Hauppauge’s soon-to-be-released HTPC HD PVR device that will encode high definition component input via a cable or satellite set-top box using H.264 at up to 25 Mbps:
- Includes Hauppauge’s IR blaster with code library
- It accepts component video up to 1080p
- The hardware is “basically done” and simply waiting for the final case design
- It’s based on a chip from Ambarella
- It will require a “relatively powerful PC to playback the recordings from this device
- Estimated shipment is expected by 3/31/2008
I first mentioned this device during CES and it’s exciting for HTPC users because it provides a way to get all your HD channels (not just the unencrypted QAM or OTA ones) from cable/satellite boxes without needing CableCARDs. If it works as advertised, it’ll be huge for SageTV, BeyondTV, Media Portal, GBPVR and even Vista Media Center users that don’t own a CableCARD tuner.
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