Two interesting new video capture devices came out from Hauppauge over the past week.
The first is an internal version of Hauppauge’s popular HD-PVR. This new PCI-E card will eliminte the need for a large external enclosure and power supply. The new device will cost $159. The HD-PVR is a component-video capture device which takes advantage of the so-called analog loophole.
The second is still in the prototype stage, and is the result of Hauppauge’s partnership with Silicondust. The hope of that partnership is a significantly less expensive cablecard tuner. Hauppauge is investigating different DRM technologies besides Microsoft’s PlayReady to enable the use of the tuner with encrypted CableCARD content in different software packages and operating systems. Silicondust will be responsible for the driver side of the device.
Elsewhere, Silicondust itself is in production of the HDHomerun Prime, although CableLabs certification is still pending. The HDHomeRun Prime will retail for $250 and is a networked cablecard tuner. There is a new version of the non-cable card HDHomerun which will be offered in a sleek black case for $129 and will begin shipping next month.
- Hands-on with the HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD tuner (engadget.com)
- HDHomeRun Prime with CableCARD might work with MythTV after all (hd.engadget.com)
- Hauppauge is taking its HD component capture card internal (engadget.com)