Monday, November 17, 2008

Media Portal Gets Hauppauge HD-PVR Support - Elgato HD-PVR coming Soon

Over the past few weeks, Media Portal, the open-source HTPC software gained support of the Hauppauge HD-PVR including dual-HD-PVR support.  Media Portal joins the ranks of SageTV, BeyondTV, GBPVR and MythTV.  I've heard from an insider that Mac's Elgato HTPC software will have official HD-PVR support very soon as well. 

Of the main HTPC competitors, that leaves only Microsoft Media Center without any hope of HD-PVR support within the coming year.  I would expect that once Windows 7 is released, HD-PVR support would be possible since h.264 will be a supported format as long as Microsoft allows h.264 to be one of the supported recording formats.  The problem is Windows 7 won't be available to the public until September 2009 at the earliest.

If you're interested in using the Hauppauge HD-PVR to get liveTV and recorded TV in all of its digital and HD glory, here are your options:

SageTV XP, Vista, WHS, Linux, Mac and HD100 extenders
BeyondTV with XP and VistaGBPVR with XP and Vista and PopCorn Hour
Media Portal RC3 with XP and Vista (download & further info)
MythTV Linux
Elegato Mac (coming soon)

Read more about the Hauppauge HD-PVR