Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Plex Media Client Now Available on Roku

Plex, the popular Mac-fork of the XBMC project announced something pretty exciting – the Roku Streaming Players will now work as extenders (they call them Plex Clients) for Plex!


Plex Media Server works on OS X, Windows (soon will work on Linux), the 2011 LG Smart TV, and now the Roku Streaming Players which start at $59 (720p) and $79 (1080p).  That’s a pretty good value and in my opinion puts Plex up with the best of HTPCs with the low-cost extender options.  Throw in their support for iOS and Android devices as noted in the chart below and I think its safe to say the Plex team has been working on connectivity like no one else.


Read all about the new Plex client on Roku at the Plex Blog

Monday, May 02, 2011

SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime Gets Cable Labs Certification

By: Clift

According to this post on Engadget, and verified by SiliconDust and CableLabs, the SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime CableCARD tuner has passed CableLabs certification as of May 1st, 2011. What does this mean? Well for one we should see the HDHomerun Prime available for pre-order soon. Secondly, this means that there are now two Cable Labs certified Multi-Stream OCUR (OpenCable Unidirectional Receiver) devices available for HTPC enthusiasts. Unlike the Ceton InifitiTV 4 that can receive 4 streams from one Multi-Stream CableCARD, the HDHomerun Prime can only receive 3 streams from one Multi-Stream CableCARD. Like the Ceton InfiniTV4, however, the HDHomerun Prime will mostly benefit users of Microsoft Windows 7 Media Center, but ther HTPC programs such as SageTV can use M-OCUR devices DRM free as long as programs are flagged as "Copy Freely." Another advantage to the HDHomerun Prime is that it is a networked device like all other HDHomeruns before it.

SageTV can currently access the InfiniTV 4 tuner using a plug in by Andy VT (author of DVRMS Toolbox) called SageDCT.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 05/01/2011

That wedding thing is over and May has arrived.  That means lots of finales and a couple of summer premieres.  Time for this week’s complete listing of premieres, finales and specials for the week.

In Plain Sight

           In Plain Sight Premieres Season 4 Sunday Night

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST – TV schedules subject to change

Sunday, May 1.

If you’re a fan of the animated sitcoms: “The Cleveland Show” “Family Guy” and “American Dad” you’ll want to check out this week’s episodes full of character crossovers on each show (Fox, 830, 9:00 and 9:30 pm)

America’s Next Great Restaurant (8pm on NBC) Season 1 finale

Undercover Boss (9pm on CBS) Season 2 finale

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9pm on USA) The final season (Season 10) begins

In Plain Sight (10pm on USA) Season 4 premiere

Monday, May 2

A couple of notable guest stars this week - Rick Springfield guests on “Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 10 pm)” and Gene Simmons from KISS guest stars on Castle (ABC, 10 pm)

Sold! (8:30pm on History) New series centered about interesting items found & sold at auctions

Taboo (9pm on National Geographic) Season premiere

Relapse (9pm on A&E) Season 1 finale

Paranormal State (10:30pm on A&E) Season 2 finale

Tuesday, May 3

How the States Got Their Shapes (10pm on History) A new history series that tells the stories about how each of the U.S. states borders were drawn.

Chopped (10pm on Food) Season 7 premiere

Wednesday, May 4

Custer’s Last Man: I Survived Little Big Horn (9pm on History) New documentary about the purported sole survivor of Custers last stand where the U.S. cavalry battles Native Americans (History, 9 p.m.)

Justified (10pm on FX) Season 2 finale

Spouse vs. House (10pm on TLC) New reality/home improvement series.  It’s a home makeover series where only one half of the couple makes all of the design decisions while the other partner temporarily moves out.

Animal Fugitives (10pm on National Geographic Wild) A new nature series about animal escapes and captures.  Hmm could we see the Bronx Zoo Cobra episode sometime this season?

The Electric Barbarellas (11pm on MTV – not in HD) New reality/music series

Thursday, May 5

Community (8pm on NBC) Part 1 of the 2-part season 2 finale

30 Rock (10pm on NBC) Season 5 finale

Pawn Queens (10pm on TLC) New reality series centered around pawn shops.

Friday, May 6

Flashpoint (8pm on CBS) Season 4 premiere

A.N.T. Farm (8:40pm on Disney) New kids sitcom series

Fringe (9pm on Fox) Season 3 finale.  Good news for Fringe fans like myself as this series will return for a season 4.  Now all of you people who haven’t been following Fringe – get caught up over this summer – this is a quality show you should be watching!

Saturday, May 7

Sarah’s Summer House (8pm on HGTV) New series follows Sarah as she does a summer island home makeover

My Cat From Hell (9pm on Animal Planet) New animal series.  Love the series name.

Sunday, May 8

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (8pm on CBS) Season 18 finale

Last Cake Standing (9pm on Food) Series finale.  Yes it only lasted a single season.

Best in Smoke (10pm on Food) New cooking series.  Barbecue contests!

Monday, May 9

Ax Men (9pm on History) Season 4 finale

Stargate Universe (9pm on SyFy) Series finale

CSI: Miami (10pm on CBS) Season 9 finale

Brothers & Sisters (10:01pm on ABC) Season 5 finale


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