Friday, July 11, 2008

SageTV 6.4.5 Public Beta Released

SageTV, a leading HTPC software company released a new public beta of their flagship HTPC front-end software, SageTV today.  The folks at SageTV have been pumping out new features and bug fixes at a tremendous pace considering we’re now 4 iterations through the 6.4 version of SageTV in just over two months as 6.4.2 was only released in May 2008.  You’ll also find an updated firmware for the SageTV HD100 Extender that corrects a lockup problem some people were experiencing.

With version 6.4.5 comes some attractive new features including Optimized use of tuners so that HDTV tuners can bee set at a higher priority when a show is on both HDTV channels and SDTV channels.  Another nice addition is the ability for SiliconDust HDHR users to tune more than 68 channels.

Some of the most significant additions or SageTV 6.4.0 through 6.4.5 are as follows:

  • Hauppauge HD PVR Support
  • Automatic STVI Generation in the SageTV Studio
  • EXIF metadata/thumbnail support for JPEGs
  • New file system & network browser
  • H.264 videos from YouTube
  • High definition photo display on the STX-HD100
  • File transfers to/from Placeshifter clients
  • Editing of aspect ratios on the fly for the STX-HD100
  • Tons of bugs fixes & performance enhancements

For the complete feature list for SageTV V6.4.5 Beta, check out the Sage 6.4.5 Announcement on the SageTV Forums

Blog Update – Welcome to



I don’t normally spend much time talking about blogging here, but thought it might be helpful to give everyone a short update on the site.


You may have noticed the absence of posts here since July 1st.  This has been because of several things.  Last week I updated the URL of this blog from to  While I’ve called the blog GeekTonic from day one, I never took the time to make it more official.  I’ve owned the domain for a while now and decided to make the switch this month.  Update your favorites to the new url!


It’s still run by me, Brent Evans, but I like the GeekTonic name much better and it reflects the fact that the blog is more than a “personal blog” – more of a tech-focused blog instead.  Any of the old links with the blogspot addresses should redirect to the geektonic url and your RSS Feed subscriptions should continue to work as before.


Right after switching the domain, a multitude of happenings and issues have kept me away from daily updates, but I should be back in the swing of things next week.


I’m working on a theme change, a new logo and some other look & feel changes for GeekTonic.  If you have any suggestions or comments please don’t hesitate to share them with me in the comments below or by e-mail.  Coming soon content includes a review of the Divx Connected D-Link DSM-330 HD Media Player, a more complete review of the Hauppauge HD-PVR (my first look & unboxing can be found here), more posts on Home Theater PC’s, technology, gadgets, web applications and more.  Bottom line, I’m still around and hope to make this site better and even more interesting for everyone.


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