Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR Announced

by Damian on December 2, 2010 · 4 comments

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Most people who record TV content onto their PCs are well aware of the Hauppauge HD PVR. The HD PVR takes advantage of the analog hole to allow the user to record encrypted content directly from devices such as a cable box to a PC.To best explain exactly what the HD PVR does:

HD PVR is the world’s first High Definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i.  HD-PVR records component video (YCrCb) from video game consoles and cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. Audio is recorded using two channel stereo or optical audio with five channel Dolby Digital.

Well, AVSForum member SHS has just announced a new version of the HD PVR, named Colossus. What is interesting about this is that the current HD PVR is a separate appliance, whereas Colossus is a dedicated card to install in a PC. This would remove the needs for a separate power adapter as well as an extra box taking up room in your Media Center. There isn’t much information yet about availability or pricing, but if you have room in your PC for an additional card this is definitely a very interesting alternative to the current HD PVR. Coincidentally I am in the middle of doing a post on my experience with the HD PVR which should be posted later today, so be sure to check back shortly (update, post now available)!

Specs:

Chipset List
ViXS XCode-3111
Analog Device ADV7441A
hynix H5PS5162FFR 512MB DDR2

Video Codecs:
AVC/MPEG2 HD encoding video codec up to 1080i

Audio Codecs:
AAC
AC3

Transcoding:
AVC, MPEG2
HD to HD/SD

A/V RCA Jacks:
HDMI input (NoN-Encrypted HDMI signals up to 1080i)
Component, Left audio, Right audio
Toslink Digital Optical audio input
Loop through output for Component, Left audio, Right audio
Toslink Digital Optical audio output
IR
IR Blaster

Bus Interface:
1x PCIe

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Jon December 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Big improvement but i think the Ceton InfiniTV 4 in a much better way to do the same thing .. yes its a little more $$$ but i love mine .. to be able to record/Watch 4 shows in HD at the same time via xbox360 / PC .. its amazing .. i will keep my eye on this as well , can never have enough media ; )

Damian December 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I definitely had an interest in the Ceton. However, I have heard a lot of issues when you have t o use SDV (which Cablevision is) so I have held off on purchasing. In many respects the Ceton is definitely a better solution as you get 4 tuners. The main benefit of the HD PVR over the Ceton is that you can copy freely everything, whereas with the Ceton I believe any content flagged can only be played back on the PC it was recorded on. More important, you are dead on, can’t have enough media ;-)

Aaron Arnold December 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

Or for us Canadians who can’t get cable cards..

Anthony Toste February 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Check out the special $129 offer deal for Colossus only for – our Facebook friends! (do keep in mind that this per-order meaning it will be shipping soon and I’m sure there set limet on them)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hauppauge-Computer-Works/188024431224610
or
http://store.hauppauge.com/AddToShoppingCart.asp?ProductID=115
But when they do run out you have use this link and paid full price $169 (do keep in mind that this per-order meaning it will be shipping soon)
http://store.hauppauge.com/hardware2.asp?product=colossus

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