Monday, June 22, 2009

DVBLink 1.0 for Hauppauge HD-PVR Released

DVBLink for Hauppauge HD-PVR

At the beginning of this year we told you about an application that brought unofficial support for the Hauppauge HD-PVR (access all channels from cable or satellite TV including digital) on Windows Media Center.  Now DVBLink for HDPVR has been released as version 1.0 with many improvements.

DVBLink for HDPVR uses DVBSBridge to connect the Hauppauge HD-PVR to Windows Media Center.  It allows the HD-PVR to work on any Windows MediaCenter device that support h.264 including the Xbox 360.

Hauppauge HD-PVR


Here is a list of the improvements offered by DVBLink for HDPVR over DVBSBridge for HDPVR:

  • Removed dependency on mc2xml for Guide data, replaced by the full Microsoft guide
  • Added Idle mode to avoid streaming when HD PVR is not in use
  • Added support for stand-by/sleep
  • Improved support for Microsoft Media Center Compatible IR Receiver/Blaster
  • Added Media Center notifications for important information about acquisition lost/resume
  • Generally improved stability
  • Improved documentation: step-by-step installation instructions and FAQ

Here is a list of the improvements offered by the DVBLink framework over DVBSBridge framework:

  • Support for multiple DVBLink sources (same or different types)
  • Support for up to 4 virtual tuners in Media Center
  • Up to 2000 channels per source available in Media Center
  • Subscription to the full Microsoft Guide service for DVBLink channels
  • Works for all Media Center regions. No need to set country to Germany anymore
  • Scan-less channel configuration. All channels are directly available in Media Center after setup
  • Automatic and Manual channel merge of DVBLink and non-DVBLink tuners

Read more about the DVBLink for HDPVR