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Multiple HD Tuners for Windows MCE

May 24, 2005

This rocks — the folks over to TheGreenButton have figured out how to get multiple HD tuners running in Windows Media Center Edition 2005.

Now all we need is a source for lots and lots of cheap disk space πŸ™‚

(via Chris Lanier)

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3 Responses to “Multiple HD Tuners for Windows MCE”

  1. JazzCrazed on May 27th, 2005 3:55 pm

    Last I heard, disk space was pretty cheap already! Though I guess that depends on what you mean by “cheap”… Maybe you’d prefer retail packaging to white boxes (who wouldn’t?).

    Come to think of it, I need to pick up a new HDD!

  2. Chuck on May 27th, 2005 5:29 pm

    It’s definately getting cheaper all the time — it’s just that we’ll need six or seven times the space to store the same number of hours of video πŸ™‚

    It’s been ages since I bought drives in retail packaging — most of mine just come in a bit of bubble wrap…

    I’m kind of waiting for the 400 gig SATAs to drop a bit; I’m thinking when I add HD to my MCE box, I’ll probably go with a pair of 400s mirrored.

  3. JazzCrazed on June 24th, 2005 5:53 pm

    Which, sadly, in reality is closer to 370GB…

    It’s true that as drive size scales, so does our use of it. However, in terms of media files, I do feel that the former outpaces the latter, thanks to the rapid development of MPEG-4-based compression codecs.

    This, however, ties greatly into the fact that most people do not own televisions of high enough grade to make the apparent quality differences between, say, an XviD-compressed 1920×1080 resolution rip, and a full-quality (likely MPEG-2) original worth whining about. It also helps that most “HD” televisions don’t even support the full HD 1080i resolution (even only the highest cost televisions support the lower-spec’ed 720p) – and DVR users can cheat a bit by resizing to 1280×720 (or lower, with no visible sacrifice on screen).

    And likewise, the development of MPEG-4 AVC codecs has amplified performance of low-bitrate video through the use of post-processing filters (something that likewise has been popularized by FFDSHOW for all flavors of Windows video) – also helping to cheat the file-size system (although, at noticeable CPU utilization cost).

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