eHU Giveaway: SnapStream Beyond TV 4, DVICO FusionHDTV Gold Tuner Card Bundle


snapstream beyond tv 4 bundleWell, we did it! We managed to squeeze in one more giveaway for the year, and it’s a good one. SnapStream and DVICO have graciously donated 6 product bundles consisting of their latest and greatest Beyond TV 4 PVR software and DVICO FusionHDTV Gold tuner card (Note: winners will be able to pick between the USB or PCI version). One winner will be chosen at random each week until the last bundle is given away on Monday, December 26th, 2005.

Giveaway Requirements:
Reply to this post’s forum thread to be considered and have at least 5 forum posts to your name that were created within the last 30 days. One winner will be announced every Monday and sent an email, which they need to respond to within 10 days. If no response is received, another person will be selected at random. Good Luck!

Side Note: If anyone has any questions regarding Beyond TV 4 either before winning or after they have installed the software, a representative from SnapStream will be on hand to answer them here on the forum. Please add your related questions to this thread only.

Winner: kellywire
Winner: aperry
Winner: carefree
Winner: jbeltran
Winner: montego
Winner: toodreel





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  • montego

    I hope Santa is good to me this year.

  • redmex

    This would be the best way to start with a PVR…

  • JasonMeudt

    Let’s see how we do… :-)

  • aperry

    Count me in! Hope I win…

  • http://jennyfur.textamerica.com jennyfur

    Wow, makes me feel stupid for lurking so many months instead of actually registering…

  • aperry

    So, I have a question for the Snapstream person. Does your software support recording of signals from a Firewire/1394 connection? My cable box supports that, and sends out audio/video through that. I realize that if the data is encoded, that there is nothing you can do, but my cable system does not encode the data going out the firewire port.

    I have heard some other products where folks have managed to get it to work by creating their own Graphedit items and using that to save the programs, but if there were a more “elegant” solution out there, that would be great!

  • alister

    HDTV PCI card yes, put my name in the hat :)

  • David Walker

    I don’t suppose I’m eligible. DARNIT! Nice giveaway, though. I’m jealous.

  • kellywire

    Hello
    Great site here Guys ! I have not seen snapstream but looked at there website. Looks like a run for windows media center.

  • kellywire

    Hello Again
    Looking at another post here (News article) it
    quoted :eek: :( Multiple tuner support enables users to simultaneously use OTA (over-the-air) HDTV tuner cards side-by-side with analog cards, with no software limit on the number of tuner cards). Is this saying multiple tuner cards are supported (Free add ons) or is there a $20.00 fee charged for each card added ? Another reseller told me only 2 tuners are supported, if you want to add more it will be $20.00 per. Thanks

  • kellywire

    Boy does this site sure has the info if you learn to look for it. (New here). Thanks !
    I searched & found another (News article) that answered my past question. Quote Improved Multiple Tuner Support
    Beyond TV 4 also features multiple tuner support with FREE additional multiple tuner at no additional cost.

    I think I will do my homework before I talk to another reseller & before I make up my mind about Software like Media center,Snapstream,Sage or media portal ?

    Thanks eHome Upgrade !

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    I’m glad you newbies are enjoying the site. Welcome!

    Note: if you want to share your thoughts about the site in a more public forum, please add your comments to our Alexa review page so other people can discover what you have and build up the community. We would greatly be appreciate it :D

  • Brockard

    This is an excellent package regardless if you win it or purchase it. I have performed lots of research on DVR software for the PC and Snapstreams Beyond TV 4 ranks right up with some of the best. I like the idea of giveaways would be nice to have this for a xmas gift.

  • kellywire

    Brockard said: This is an excellent package regardless if you win it or purchase it. I have performed lots of research on DVR software for the PC and Snapstreams Beyond TV 4 ranks right up with some of the best. I like the idea of giveaways would be nice to have this for a xmas gift.

    Hello Brockard
    Can you tell us (members), during your research of DVR software, how many have you found to compare ?

    Thanks

  • kellywire

    Alexander Grundner said: I’m glad you newbies are enjoying the site. Welcome!

    Note: if you want to share your thoughts about the site in a more public forum, please add your comments to our Alexa review page so other people can discover what you have and build up the community. We would greatly be appreciate it :D

    Hello Alexander

    Thanks so much for the welcome !
    I am navagating around to see all that is here,
    (so far very interesting)
    Again Thanks !

  • aperry

    kellywire said: Hello Brockard
    Can you tell us (members), during your research of DVR software, how many have you found to compare ?
    Thanks

    I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

  • kellywire

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    Hello aperry
    Thanks for the info !
    I am going to tryout demo versions first to get the hang of these DVR’s. First on my list then will be Beyond TV.
    Thanks Again
    ps:
    SIX (6) TV Tuners ? Say What ?

  • Brockard

    Hello Kellywire and Appery

    I have to agree with Appery, both Sage TV and Meedio are great alternatives. Especially Meedio which is free and they both get great reviews and are constantly be updated. These two along with Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) and Beyond TV 4 are some of the best. If you are just getting into using a DVR you might look at Meedio which is free and supports multiple tuner cards. That I believe is what Appery was meaning many of these DVR software programs support mulitple tuner cards for the ability to record multiple shows simultaneously.

  • kellywire

    Thanks again (Appery & Brockard)
    Like you suggested, (First tryout) I downloaded the trial version of beyond tv 4 after I installed an older hauppauge tv tuner. I got it up and running, after tweeking a little it looks good. The problem I am having now is to repalce the hauppauge card with one that has a hardware encoder . ANY RECOMENDATIONS ? Thanks.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    kellywire said: The problem I am having now is to repalce the hauppauge card with one that has a hardware encoder . ANY RECOMENDATIONS ? Thanks.

    I suggest going straight to the source. If you want compatiblity with Beyond TV 4, checkout SnapStream’s certified tuners.

  • kellywire

    Thanks Alexander
    Great place to start.

  • kellywire
  • kellywire

    Here’s another good resource for tuner card setup

  • http://www.myspace.com/mylkii mylkii

    wow! i think this one may be better than the UltraTV one that I have!

  • melovesha

    so now… does the HDTV wonder count as 2 tuners (digtal and analog) or one? anyone?

  • kellywire

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    Hello again aperry
    Over the weekend I have tried out Beyond tv & Sage TV both to me work great,

    What is MYTH TV ? Is it only for Linux machines ?

    Thanks

  • kellywire

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    Is this what you are talking about ? 6 tuners ?

    http://www.snapstream.com/Community/Articles/medusa/

    Installing six tuner cards is no different that installing just one. For Medusa, we started by loading the PVR-250BTV Drivers according to the provided documentation, powering down the machine, and installing each card into its PCI Slot. After tightening all of the screws and plugging the power cord back in, we booted the machine back to Windows XP. Once logged in, we confirmed each of the 30 (yes thirty) driver installation prompts. Once we got through the prompts, all six cards were successfully up and running.

  • aperry

    kellywire said: What is MYTH TV ? Is it only for Linux machines ?

    Yes, it is Linux only. There has been talk of putting together a release compatible with Windows, but I’m not sure we’ll ever see it…

  • aperry

    kellywire said: Is this what you are talking about ? 6 tuners ?

    http://www.snapstream.com/Community/Articles/medusa/

    Yeah, they put together one where they had 6 tuners. They have since done one with 10 tuners (five dual-tuner PVR-500 cards) that they call the Hydra. Here’s a link.

    The main problem with previous versions of Beyond TV (in my opinion) was that for anything over 2 tuners, you had to pay $20 for each additional tuner you wanted to use. So, in my case, it would have cost me $80 extra if I had wanted to use BTV. It was hard to justify that additional cost. Snapstream made a really good decision to not charge for additional tuners with this version…

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    aperry said: So, I have a question for the Snapstream person. Does your software support recording of signals from a Firewire/1394 connection? My cable box supports that, and sends out audio/video through that. I realize that if the data is encoded, that there is nothing you can do, but my cable system does not encode the data going out the firewire port.

    I have heard some other products where folks have managed to get it to work by creating their own Graphedit items and using that to save the programs, but if there were a more “elegant” solution out there, that would be great!

    I asked Rakesh Agrawal, SnapStream’s CEO and President, about Firewire recording and he clearly said that’s not supported. Sorry, buddy.

    Notice: We just published an audio interview with Rakesh where we talked about the company, Beyond TV 4, and all its related products.

    Check it out: Audio Pitch: SnapStream Beyond TV 4

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to kellywire for being our November 21st winner!
    There are five more product bundles to giveaway (next 11/28), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

  • aperry

    WTG kellywire!!! Hope you enjoy it!

  • aperry

    Alexander Grundner said: I asked Rakesh Agrawal, SnapStream’s CEO and President, about Firewire recording and he clearly said that’s not supported. Sorry, buddy.

    No problem, I wasn’t expecting it (I don’t think any of the products “officially” support it). I know that there’s been limited success with getting the Motorola STB’s to work with some of the products, and perhaps there is a trick to getting it working with Beyond TV as well…

    Thanks for checking on it for me!

  • Mashtim

    Pretty sweet giveaway! I’d love to get one of these!

  • csccs

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://jennyfur.textamerica.com jennyfur

    Here goes nothing… :)

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to aperry for being our November 28th winner!
    There are four more product bundles to giveaway (next 12/05), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

  • aperry

    Woooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! !!!

    Thanks a ton Alexander!!!!

    Good luck to all the others in the other four drawings!

  • carefree

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    I am looking at building a media PC & I see you have one with 6 tuners ? How does that work ? Problems ?
    BTW
    Great job winning the bundle !

  • carefree

    mylkii said: wow! i think this one may be better than the UltraTV one that I have!

    Do you have problems with your Ultra TV ?
    What makes a better solution for a TV tuner card ?
    Is it all related to price ?

  • aperry

    carefree said: I am looking at building a media PC & I see you have one with 6 tuners ? How does that work ? Problems ?

    I have three PVR-500′s in my system. So far, the programs I’ve tried it with seem to all work fine. I’ve tried it with SageTV, Meedio Pro, and a couple other alternatives. I’m anxious to try it out with Beyond TV (could not try it before because prior to version 4, they charged extra for anything over two tuners, and it was not worth it to me for trial purposes to remove or disable four tuners so the trial would work).

    One thing on my system that may not be necessary, but still puts me at ease a bit, is that I have a separate PCI IDE card. This means I get 3 hard drives and a DVD-R/RW drive and each one gets its own channel, no sharing. I configure my programs to write to either E: or F: and the program divides up the work. According to the IDE standard though, this is not necessarily required, but I put it there for my own comfort.

    I have had the occasional times where there are 6 items recording and I watch one of my previously recorded programs, and it all works great!

    One other tip. If you have a separate media drive where your recordings get stored (recommended), make sure to configure that drive with a cluster size of 64K. I believe you can specify that when you format the drive. Since your media files are generally huge, the cluster size will not affect your available space all that much, and it will cut down on drive fragmentation a bit.

  • carefree

    aperry said: I have three PVR-500′s in my system. So far, the programs I’ve tried it with seem to all work fine. I’ve tried it with SageTV, Meedio Pro, and a couple other alternatives. I’m anxious to try it out with Beyond TV (could not try it before because prior to version 4, they charged extra for anything over two tuners, and it was not worth it to me for trial purposes to remove or disable four tuners so the trial would work).

    One thing on my system that may not be necessary, but still puts me at ease a bit, is that I have a separate PCI IDE card. This means I get 3 hard drives and a DVD-R/RW drive and each one gets its own channel, no sharing. I configure my programs to write to either E: or F: and the program divides up the work. According to the IDE standard though, this is not necessarily required, but I put it there for my own comfort.

    I have had the occasional times where there are 6 items recording and I watch one of my previously recorded programs, and it all works great!

    One other tip. If you have a separate media drive where your recordings get stored (recommended), make sure to configure that drive with a cluster size of 64K. I believe you can specify that when you format the drive. Since your media files are generally huge, the cluster size will not affect your available space all that much, and it will cut down on drive fragmentation a bit.

    When you have 6 recordings going, what kind of quality do you get ?

  • aperry

    The quality is the same as if I just have one recording going. The recording quality is set in the program. In one of my programs, you set what it is in the setup screens. You can set an overall default. You can set a different default quality for each tuner if you want. And you can set the recording quality for each separate recording or season ticket if you want.

  • carefree

    aperry said: The quality is the same as if I just have one recording going. The recording quality is set in the program. In one of my programs, you set what it is in the setup screens. You can set an overall default. You can set a different default quality for each tuner if you want. And you can set the recording quality for each separate recording or season ticket if you want.

    aperry
    In your post you stated (One thing on my system that may not be necessary, but still puts me at ease a bit, is that I have a separate PCI IDE card. This means I get 3 hard drives and a DVD-R/RW drive and each one gets its own channel, no sharing. I configure my programs to write to either E: or F: and the program divides up the work).
    Have you tried using all of your 6 tuners recording at the same time to just 1 of your hard drives ?

  • aperry

    I have not specifically, but it should work. I’m pretty sure that the Medusa system that the Snapstream guys built (with 6 tuners) all wrote to the same drive at the same time. If you were to do a system with 6 tuners, I would recommend at the least using a separate drive for your recordings. So, with a “standard” configuration, you could have your C: drive and your CD/DVD drive on the primary IDE channel, and the D: drive for your recordings on its own on the secondary IDE channel.

  • carefree

    aperry said: I have not specifically, but it should work. I’m pretty sure that the Medusa system that the Snapstream guys built (with 6 tuners) all wrote to the same drive at the same time. If you were to do a system with 6 tuners, I would recommend at the least using a separate drive for your recordings. So, with a “standard” configuration, you could have your C: drive and your CD/DVD drive on the primary IDE channel, and the D: drive for your recordings on its own on the secondary IDE channel.

    Thanks aperry
    You people here are full of info.
    I was searching for a site to get info on building a media computer, I think I have found it.
    I wasen’t thinking about a 6 tuner system, BUT.

    With the info of your posts and a few others here I am going to go to the snapstream site to look at single & multi tuner systems. ( The Medusa system ) sounds like yours.

    Question:
    If you were to start over building a new system, what do you think you might do or not do ?

  • aperry

    I hate to point you to another site, but these guys have tons of information on configuring systems. Go to HTPCNews. They have a very active set of forums that can offer you some suggestions as to what to go with.

    My biggest suggestion on the whole thing is to take your time. Research the various options you are considering, and get the system the way it will work best for your needs. You can save yourself some money if you are willing to wait for the bargains. If you are thinking about a particular piece of hardware or software, then ask around, and there should be some folks to help you out.

    Good luck. I know you’ll like having an HTPC setup once you get it going…

  • carefree

    aperry said: I hate to point you to another site, but these guys have tons of information on configuring systems. Go to HTPCNews. They have a very active set of forums that can offer you some suggestions as to what to go with.

    My biggest suggestion on the whole thing is to take your time. Research the various options you are considering, and get the system the way it will work best for your needs. You can save yourself some money if you are willing to wait for the bargains. If you are thinking about a particular piece of hardware or software, then ask around, and there should be some folks to help you out.

    Good luck. I know you’ll like having an HTPC setup once you get it going…

    I am going to take my time, look & ask questions.
    I would really like to thank you and this site for all your help.

    Another Question (if you don’t mind)
    Out of all the software you have tried, are some easier to use then others ? Do you have a favorite ?

  • aperry

    I think they are all about the same. All of them have plusses and minuses.

    Your “big three” contenders out there (at least commercial products) are Beyond TV, SageTV, and Meedio. The one I am most familiar with is SageTV, but I have also tinkered with Meedio (I have Meedio Pro which includes Meedio Essentials and Meedio TV).

    I am really looking forward to trying out BeyondTV. Now that I can run it with all my tuners, I can’t wait to install it and try it out. And getting that HDTV card to go with it (I opted for the USB version) makes it really nice.

  • jimrin

    Does bribing help…??

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    jimrin said: Does bribing help…??

    It’s a random giveaway. But, participating in the forums with interesting comments, insights, and advice doesn’t hurt. In fact, it’s highly encouraged ;)

  • carefree

    aperry said: I think they are all about the same. All of them have plusses and minuses.

    Your “big three” contenders out there (at least commercial products) are Beyond TV, SageTV, and Meedio. The one I am most familiar with is SageTV, but I have also tinkered with Meedio (I have Meedio Pro which includes Meedio Essentials and Meedio TV).

    I am really looking forward to trying out BeyondTV. Now that I can run it with all my tuners, I can’t wait to install it and try it out. And getting that HDTV card to go with it (I opted for the USB version) makes it really nice.

    Question:aperry
    Are you able to run all your tuners (6) plus the hdtv tuner on the same machine ? This will be a total of 7 ?
    Or will you have to add something more to your machine ?
    Also in adding a hdtv tuner to your 6 regular ones will you be able to use your same software ?

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    carefree said: Question:aperry
    Are you able to run all your tuners (6) plus the hdtv tuner on the same machine ? This will be a total of 7 ?
    Or will you have to add something more to your machine ?
    Also in adding a hdtv tuner to your 6 regular ones will you be able to use your same software ?

    I think it’s time you did some research on your own. Here’s a good place to start: Medusa 6 TV Tuner PVR. And SnapStream has a Knowledge Base resource that can be found here.

  • carefree

    Alexander Grundner said: I think it’s time you did some research on your own. Here’s a good place to start: Medusa 6 TV Tuner PVR. And SnapStream has a Knowledge Base resource that can be found here.

    Hey Alexander
    Looking at the knowledge base resource of Snapstream has really helped !

  • tbambrou

    This would be great. I’ve been playing with MythTV and couple of old TV tuner for the past couple of week and have reached my wits end. It far too complicated to learn Linux, biuld and configure the product.

  • carefree

    Brockard said: Hello Kellywire and Appery

    I have to agree with Appery, both Sage TV and Meedio are great alternatives. Especially Meedio which is free and they both get great reviews and are constantly be updated. These two along with Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) and Beyond TV 4 are some of the best. If you are just getting into using a DVR you might look at Meedio which is free and supports multiple tuner cards. That I believe is what Appery was meaning many of these DVR software programs support mulitple tuner cards for the ability to record multiple shows simultaneously.

    One more thing I have learned from the snapstream resource site thats very important when trying to build a multiple tuner setup is making sure you get the right motherboard with enough PCI slots .

  • aperry

    Brockard said: … Meedio which is free …

    Meedio is not free.

  • todd

    Here’s hoping it works better than my HDTV Wonder . . .

  • carefree

    todd said: Here’s hoping it works better than my HDTV Wonder . . .

    Hi todd
    How long have you been using your HDTV Wonder ?
    Sounds like you might be having problems with it?
    If I can ask you, what if any problems are you having ?

  • todd

    carefree said: Hi todd
    How long have you been using your HDTV Wonder ?
    Sounds like you might be having problems with it?
    If I can ask you, what if any problems are you having ?

    I’ve had it for about a year. Re-reading that post, I realize that I may have been a bit harsh on it. The recordings look wonderful when I can get a strong signal (a function of the location of my house, not the card). If the signal isn’t perfect, though, the device locks up the system when it tries to play it back. Also, on occasion, it causes the screen to flicker in an epilepsy-inducing sort of way when I watch time-shifted live TV (that is, when the show is still recording but I am behind the live broadcast).

    If you are planning to use the HDTV wonder in a computer that runs MCE (1) the second (CATV) tuner on the card will not function (MCE won’t recognize it) and (2) DO NOT install ATI’s multimedia software or you may have to re-install windows to fix the damage. Just install the ATI drivers and that’s all.

    All in all, the HDTV wonder is great for the price, but it has a few bugs that need to be worked out.

  • treydur

    1) How do I change the location for recorded TV?
    2) Is it possible once a hard drive is full, to have MCE automatically cut
    over to the second drive?

    1) Settings -> TV -> Recording -> Recorder Storage
    (or something like that)

    2) No, you can’t have MCE automatically switch over to
    another drive.

  • treydur

    Q: Is there a way to put an Icon on my desktop to immediately launch the TV
    application without having to open media center?

    A: Make a shortcut that with the following command

    %SystemRoot%\EHOME\EHSHELL.EXE /HOMEPAGE:VideoFullscreen.XML
    /PUSHSTARTPAGE:TRUE

  • treydur

    MCE does not support PIP at this time.

  • treydur

    Just dump it in the Start Menu
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Media
    Center\Media Center Programs
    or in your own
    C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Media
    Center\Media Center Programs

    Note that if a program doesn’t run under the MCE interface it will switch to
    the Windows interface

  • treydur

    By default, its in Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Recorded TV. However, this can be changed from within Media Center’s Settings menu

  • carefree

    todd said: I’ve had it for about a year. Re-reading that post, I realize that I may have been a bit harsh on it. The recordings look wonderful when I can get a strong signal (a function of the location of my house, not the card). If the signal isn’t perfect, though, the device locks up the system when it tries to play it back. Also, on occasion, it causes the screen to flicker in an epilepsy-inducing sort of way when I watch time-shifted live TV (that is, when the show is still recording but I am behind the live broadcast).

    If you are planning to use the HDTV wonder in a computer that runs MCE (1) the second (CATV) tuner on the card will not function (MCE won’t recognize it) and (2) DO NOT install ATI’s multimedia software or you may have to re-install windows to fix the damage. Just install the ATI drivers and that’s all.

    All in all, the HDTV wonder is great for the price, but it has a few bugs that need to be worked out.

    Great for the Price ? What are we talking about here ?
    Also you state:
    (The recordings look wonderful when I can get a strong signal (a function of the location of my house, not the card).

    What are you using for reception ? Indoor type? outdoor type? What have you tried to get a better signal, if anything ?

  • bsanf3

    Add me, I was just looking at an HD PVR solution.

  • petpie

    Man, I would love to win this!.. include me in the draw please!.. and thanks!

  • opavlovic

    What is the quality of the recording through Snapstream and this card vs. the original Dish Satelite feed? Thx

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to carefree for being our December 5th winner!
    There are three more product bundles to giveaway (next 12/12), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

  • aperry

    Congrats carefree!!! Hope you enjoy it!

    Good luck to all the rest in the other drawings!

  • carefree

    aperry said: Congrats carefree!!! Hope you enjoy it!

    Good luck to all the rest in the other drawings!

    Thanks aperry !
    I see you were the last winner (congrats back at you)
    Did you receive your bundle yet?

  • aperry

    Yes, I got it Tuesday. I’m hoping to spend some time this weekend trying it out, but may have to wait till after the holidays to give it a true test.

  • carefree

    Did you get the USB ?

  • aperry

    Yes, I did get the USB version. I already have my five PCI slots filled up and in use, so I really didn’t have a choice. From what I read (not a lot, but some), it really doesn’t seem to make much difference which one you get.

  • carefree

    aperry said: Yes, I did get the USB version. I already have my five PCI slots filled up and in use, so I really didn’t have a choice. From what I read (not a lot, but some), it really doesn’t seem to make much difference which one you get.

    Like this guy on the snapstream site ?
    http://forums.snapstream.com/vb/sho…940&postcount=1

  • jbeltran

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    Looking at putting together a Media Box,
    Do you know if the software you listed Sage,Meedio have limits on tuners like Windows Media Edition?

  • jbeltran

    Alexander Grundner said: I asked Rakesh Agrawal, SnapStream’s CEO and President, about Firewire recording and he clearly said that’s not supported. Sorry, buddy.

    Notice: We just published an audio interview with Rakesh where we talked about the company, Beyond TV 4, and all its related products.

    Check it out: Audio Pitch: SnapStream Beyond TV 4

    Really interesting interview (audio).
    Do you think the Beyond TV4 & Media will be merged as one anytime soon ? sounds ??

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    jbeltran said: Looking at putting together a Media Box,
    Do you know if the software you listed Sage,Meedio have limits on tuners like Windows Media Edition?

    I suggest going to each developer’s site and see which cards they’ve tested and approved as compatible. These days, each developer offers a substantial list of cards that definitely makes life easier when configuring a system.

    jbeltran said: Really interesting interview (audio).
    Do you think the Beyond TV4 & Media will be merged as one anytime soon ? sounds ??

    My guess is sometime next year (although, Rakesh has not made an official statement to that affect). But, Beyond Media is less than $50 bucks, so it’s really not that big of an expense. However, I would opt to buy the bundle with the Firefly remote and use that to control both Beyond Media and Beyond TV ($59.99) .

  • aperry

    Yeah, the Firefly remote is actually a pretty nice remote. One thing to keep in mind though is that it is a UHF remote, not an infrared remote. Not a huge problem, except that you won’t be able to use your universal remote if you’ve got one configured.

  • jbeltran

    My guess is sometime next year (although, Rakesh has not made an official statement to that affect). But, Beyond Media is less than $50 bucks, so it’s really not that big of an expense. However, I would opt to buy the bundle with the Firefly remote and use that to control both Beyond Media and Beyond TV ($59.99) .[/QUOTE]

    I have a link here from snapstream talking about the merge of BTV & BM (users group).
    http://forums.snapstream.com/vb/sho…highlight=merge

  • jbeltran

    aperry said: Yeah, the Firefly remote is actually a pretty nice remote. One thing to keep in mind though is that it is a UHF remote, not an infrared remote. Not a huge problem, except that you won’t be able to use your universal remote if you’ve got one configured.

    Do you use the Firefly remote ?
    (is it a multi remote or just for BTV)

  • aperry

    No, I don’t use the Firefly remote, I use an MCE remote. The Firefly remote can be configured for most anything on your PC, but it is not a universal remote (will not do your TV etc) as far as I know.

  • jbeltran

    aperry said: No, I don’t use the Firefly remote, I use an MCE remote. The Firefly remote can be configured for most anything on your PC, but it is not a universal remote (will not do your TV etc) as far as I know.

    Firefly on Snapstream
    Firefly profile tutorial

    http://forums.snapstream.com/vb/showthread.php?t=15113

  • mhs0

    Especially if I win. :D

  • jimrin

    Hey, those dozen donuts I sent in to help my chances to win didn’t work this past week.. Whaa—? You never got the dozn donuts? Those sneaky postmen!

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    jimrin said: Hey, those dozen donuts I sent in to help my chances to win didn’t work this past week.. Whaa—? You never got the dozn donuts? Those sneaky postmen!

    Yes, please send over those Krispy Kreme doughnuts ASAP. However, I can’t guarantee anything :p

  • jbeltran

    Alexander Grundner said: I suggest going to each developer’s site and see which cards they’ve tested and approved as compatible. These days, each developer offers a substantial list of cards that definitely makes life easier when configuring a system.

    You were so RIGHT, looking at their sites they do seem to put together their Pick of Cards.
    A sure lot of options.

  • jbeltran

    opavlovic said: What is the quality of the recording through Snapstream and this card vs. the original Dish Satelite feed? Thx

    Looks like the recording quality is as good as your signal.
    (and your tv tuner)
    Information at the snapstream site tells us they used 5 dual tuner cards on one machine & recorded in the (better resolution) with the same results on 5 recordings.
    http://www.snapstream.com/Community…efault.asp#tech

  • anklebreaker

    Can’t wait to try out the SmartSkip feature.

    (Yeah, lurking has its drawbacks)

  • jbeltran

    aperry said: I hate to point you to another site, but these guys have tons of information on configuring systems. Go to HTPCNews. They have a very active set of forums that can offer you some suggestions as to what to go with.

    My biggest suggestion on the whole thing is to take your time. Research the various options you are considering, and get the system the way it will work best for your needs. You can save yourself some money if you are willing to wait for the bargains. If you are thinking about a particular piece of hardware or software, then ask around, and there should be some folks to help you out.

    Good luck. I know you’ll like having an HTPC setup once you get it going…

    Thanks aperry for the link here for htpcnews, They talk about pvr software (BTV etc.)
    http://htpcnews.com/forums/index.php?showforum=13

  • afishman

    Would really help jump start my new box that I have started to piece together.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to jbeltran for being our December 12th winner!
    There are two more product bundles to giveaway (next 12/19), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

  • jbeltran

    Alexander Grundner said: Congrats to jbeltran for being our December 12th winner!
    There are two more product bundles to giveaway (next 12/19), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

    Real Cool
    Thank You

  • jimrin

    Hey, I’ll trade you a dozen donuts for your SnapStream/DVICO Bundle! What a deal…!

  • toodreel

    redmex said: This would be the best way to start with a PVR…

    I am now looking into what type of MCPC I want to build.

  • toodreel

    Brockard said: Hello Kellywire and Appery

    I have to agree with Appery, both Sage TV and Meedio are great alternatives. Especially Meedio which is free and they both get great reviews and are constantly be updated. These two along with Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) and Beyond TV 4 are some of the best. If you are just getting into using a DVR you might look at Meedio which is free and supports multiple tuner cards. That I believe is what Appery was meaning many of these DVR software programs support mulitple tuner cards for the ability to record multiple shows simultaneously.

    I have been looking at DVR sofware but I think meedio has a special sale now, but not free anymore.

  • Autumnmist

    toodreel said: I have been looking at DVR sofware but I think meedio has a special sale now, but not free anymore.

    I’m confused about this… I’ve been reading on all sorts of forums about Meedio and I’m getting conflicting information as to whether it’s free, pay-version + free-version, or only pay-version.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    There might be a free Meedio trial available, but Meedio apps cost $$$. If you really like it, they’re having a 50% off sale for the next two weeks — check there shop.

  • toodreel

    Alexander Grundner said: There might be a free Meedio trial available, but Meedio apps cost $$$. If you really like it, they’re having a 50% off sale for the next two weeks — check there shop.

    Thanks you Alexander
    Now I am going to try the Meedio trial to start out.

  • toodreel

    Alexander
    During your interview with snapstream, did you feel like the merge of Beyond TV4 & Beyond Media will happen soon ?
    It sounded like in a very short while to me. No time set yet ?
    I am also going to give both of these a trial.

  • toodreel

    Here is a link I found about setting up Media from one of the banner ads here.

    http://www.mediamadeeasy.net/PersonalVideoRecorder.htm

    I guess my only problem with this type is it is so limited for mulituners (only 2 ?) compared to say Beyond TV4.
    But good for information anyway.

  • toodreel

    aperry said: I’m not Brockard, but I have used both SageTV and Meedio quite a bit. I evaluated a previous version of BTV, and am REALLY looking forward to trying it out again now that I can use all six of my tuners! I’ve also briefly checked out GB-PVR, and even put Linux on my machine so I could check out MythTV. There are other alternatives too.

    BeyondTV certainly seems to be one of the top contenders…

    After spending the last few days (off work) checking out the trial of Beyond TV4 & Sage TV, I would have to agree.

    I am also going to give Myth TV a try if I can get a handle on this Linux install.

  • toodreel

    anklebreaker said: Can’t wait to try out the SmartSkip feature.

    (Yeah, lurking has its drawbacks)

    Snapstream also explains it as : SmartSkip™

    Time Travel

    Tired of sitting through commercials? Seen the first five minutes already? Quickly watch recorded shows by skipping blocks of commercials or other parts of the show. SmartSkip™ lets you watch TV more efficiently and conveniently than ever.

    Turn on the SmartSkip™ feature and Beyond TV will automatically insert markers at major scene changes of recordings, creating chapters. Users can then easily skip quickly from one chapter to another at the touch of a button. Skip thirty second intervals, or play seven second instant replays.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to montego for being our December 19th winner!
    There’s just one more product bundle left (next 12/26), so keep the forums buzzing and you might be next.

    Remember: If you win, please share your experiences with the community!

  • toodreel

    Found this online !
    Holiday Specials From SageTV

    SageTV wants you to have a special season, so we’re offering you a way to save up to 20% on select SageTV products between now and December 22, 2005.

    SageTV Media Center for Windows Version 4.1* (Save 20%)
    Enjoy SageTV Media Center for windows just in time for the holidays for 20% off! SageTV lets you pause Live TV, search for your favorite shows using the subscription free Integrated Programming Guide and record a single show or a whole season. SageTV is also a powerful Media Center application giving you access to your Music, Photos, Videos and DVDs from the comfort of your couch.

    *requires compatible TV tuner card

    Coupon Code: HolidaySoft

    SageTV Client Version 4.1 (Save 20%)
    By adding SageTV Client to other PCs on your network, you get the same full-screen functionality of SageTV (including the Integrated Programming Guide) anywhere in the house. Watch TV wirelessly on your laptop with 802.11 a/g. Now you can deliver streaming Live and recorded TV, Music and more to any PC on your network!

    Coupon Code: HolidaySoft

    SageTV Media Center In-a-Box Bundles (Save 10%)
    These bundles give you everything you need to get started with SageTV so you never have to miss another favorite show again! Using the powerful Hauppauge PVR-150 card or the Aver A180 HD Card and included remotes will turn your PC into the ultimate PVR and Media Center. Get started today with one of these great bundles!

    Coupon Code: Holiday150

    If you’ve been waiting to take control of your TV viewing experience, now you have several reasons to go for it with SageTV. For more information, go to http://www.sagetv.com.

  • kellywire

    toodreel said: Found this online !
    Holiday Specials From SageTV

    SageTV wants you to have a special season, so we’re offering you a way to save up to 20% on select SageTV products between now and December 22, 2005.

    SageTV Media Center for Windows Version 4.1* (Save 20%)
    Enjoy SageTV Media Center for windows just in time for the holidays for 20% off! SageTV lets you pause Live TV, search for your favorite shows using the subscription free Integrated Programming Guide and record a single show or a whole season. SageTV is also a powerful Media Center application giving you access to your Music, Photos, Videos and DVDs from the comfort of your couch.

    *requires compatible TV tuner card

    Coupon Code: HolidaySoft

    SageTV Client Version 4.1 (Save 20%)
    By adding SageTV Client to other PCs on your network, you get the same full-screen functionality of SageTV (including the Integrated Programming Guide) anywhere in the house. Watch TV wirelessly on your laptop with 802.11 a/g. Now you can deliver streaming Live and recorded TV, Music and more to any PC on your network!

    Coupon Code: HolidaySoft

    SageTV Media Center In-a-Box Bundles (Save 10%)
    These bundles give you everything you need to get started with SageTV so you never have to miss another favorite show again! Using the powerful Hauppauge PVR-150 card or the Aver A180 HD Card and included remotes will turn your PC into the ultimate PVR and Media Center. Get started today with one of these great bundles!

    Coupon Code: Holiday150

    If you’ve been waiting to take control of your TV viewing experience, now you have several reasons to go for it with SageTV. For more information, go to http://www.sagetv.com.

    toodreel,
    Thanks for the link to SageTV Holiday discount !
    I won one of the BTV4 bundles here & I love it.
    I also just picked up the SageTV Media Center (at a discount, thank you)
    I have been trying out the Sage Demo & I really like it also.

  • toodreel

    kellywire said: toodreel,
    Thanks for the link to SageTV Holiday discount !
    I won one of the BTV4 bundles here & I love it.
    I also just picked up the SageTV Media Center (at a discount, thank you)
    I have been trying out the Sage Demo & I really like it also.

    Hey kellywire no problem.
    So glad to here about your bundle win.
    I have evaluated both software demos & I also like them both.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas Peace !

  • carefree

    kellywire said: toodreel,
    Thanks for the link to SageTV Holiday discount !
    I won one of the BTV4 bundles here & I love it.
    I also just picked up the SageTV Media Center (at a discount, thank you)
    I have been trying out the Sage Demo & I really like it also.

    Hello toodreel
    I am also a Beyond TV4\DIVCO Gold bundle winner.
    I am really enjoying the BTV4 software.
    I also would like to thank you for the post about the link to the holiday discount on the sage tv software.
    I was able to get it just in time.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    David Walker has just posted his hands-on review of Beyond TV 4, give it a read and see if there’s anything you wanted ask or wanted to add (if you’ve already won the prize).

  • toodreel

    carefree said: Hello toodreel
    I am also a Beyond TV4\DIVCO Gold bundle winner.
    I am really enjoying the BTV4 software.
    I also would like to thank you for the post about the link to the holiday discount on the sage tv software.
    I was able to get it just in time.

    Hey carefree
    glad to here it !

    Let us know how BTV & Sage compare.
    Pro’s & Con’s
    Thanks

  • toodreel

    Alexander Grundner said: David Walker has just posted his hands-on review of Beyond TV 4, give it a read and see if there’s anything you wanted ask or wanted to add (if you’ve already won the prize).

    I have read Davids review & will be looking for the Sage one.

    I do have a concern with Sage TV, I wonder if they will stand behind their FREE listing guide.

    BECAUSE on their site it states
    QUOTE:
    **Currently, SageTV provides electronic programming guide service (the “EPG Service”) to End Users in the U.S. and Canada at no charge. SageTV reserves the right to discontinue provision of the EPG Service or to separately charge End Users for provision of the EPG Service.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Congrats to toodreel for being our December 26th winner!
    Well, that concludes our giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to have more great giveaways in 2006!

  • aperry

    Way to go toodreel!!! Hope you enjoy your package!

  • toodreel

    aperry said: Way to go toodreel!!! Hope you enjoy your package!

    Thanks Alexander !
    Thanks aperry !

    Also aperry
    Did you ever get your usb bundle set up ?
    I saw some of your posts but none, (that I can remember), saying anything about how it works.
    Any setup problems etc. ?
    Thanks.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    If you guys have any comments about the DViCO USB tuner, add them to the “DViCO FusionHDTV5 USB Gold Hands-On Review” thread — it’s better to keep it central.

  • mekauf

    is the contest still going on?

  • aperry

    The contest ended about a year ago. Sorry…