Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hauppauge Component HD Encoder for HTPC's - UPDATE

Rakesh from Snapstream Media has the latest scoop on Hauppauge's soon-to-be-released HD PVR device that will receive HD from a cable or satellite set-top box component video output and encode the HD channel into H.264 at up to 25 Mbit/s.  I first mentioned this device back on January 10th when it was being demo'd at CES.  This device is exciting for HTPC users because it provides a way to get true HD channels (all of them - not just the unencrypted QAM ones) from the cable/satellite boxes without needing a CableCard tuner.  If it works as expected it's going to be huge for SageTV, BeyondTV, Media Portal, GBPVR and even Vista Media Center users that don't have access to a cablecard tuner.


Rakesh visited Hauppauge in November 2007 and has since been in communication with Hauppauge regarding the device.  He doesn't yet have a test unit although he mentioned in the Snapstream Forums that he expected to get one within the next few weeks.  Here's a few tidbits of information he mentions:

  • 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 before 3/31/2008

For more details and information on the device check out Rakesh's post at the Snapstream Blog HERE


UPDATE:  I now have photos of the Hauppauge HD-PVR device here