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MediaCentral 2.6.2 Update
MediaCentral has been popular with readers, (i.e. see Apple TV vs. MediaCentral on a Mac) with an impressive list of features and slick interface. (Although I wish they had support for more than just DVB-T tuners.) Equinux's Blog has info on the latest update (v2.6.2):

"MediaCentral got a new TV engine
Even though The Tube is just a bit younger, it can still teach MediaCentral a trick or two. MediaCentral 2.6.2 now uses the same TV engine as The Tube. This allows MediaCentral to perform better on G4- and G5-machines because it uses the Altivec-Engine for Deinterlacing.

We've also improved the search for TV channels and the audio track selection now works more reliably. Czechs will be happy to see that MediaCentral 2.6.2 will show the channel information of the running TV shows now correctly, and we've also fixed an issue that caused picture freezes from time to time on PowerPC-based Macs with G4 and G5-processors. If you haven't yet gotten the chance to get in touch with our ultimate media centre solution for the Mac, you should catch up. It lets you do a little more than just play with YouTube and your iTunes and iPhoto stuff... The 2.6.2 update is free for every registered MediaCentral 2.x user. Enjoy!"

If you've not checked it out already, the MediaCentral home page lists a ton of features including IPTV support. They also have a list of Supported DVB-T devices and Remote controls.
I'd written them earlier this year to ask they add support for other Tuners for users like me in the USA (like the EyeTV hybrid, etc.). If enough people write to request support it may happen in the future.

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Wired4DVD PCI cards for $19 shipped (in USA)
" We found a stash of our old Wired4DVD cards
Thought some of your readers with old Macs (G4 or earlier) might be interested in this. (See notes below.) We found some of our old, much-loved, Wired4DVD cards and are selling them for $19 including shipping (US only).
(here's some important notes/limitations-Mike)
  • These cards only work with OS 9 (version 9.2.2 recommended)
  • They require a standard PCI slot
  • They will not work in a G5 or Intel Mac!
  • Here's a link to the manual, if you want to check out how it works.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mike Evangelist
Wired Inc. "

I haven't used it since but as a FYI I posted a Review of the Wired4DVD Decoder Card in Feb. 2000 that has some notes on conflicts reported with some FW/USB combo cards/Beige G3 owners. Review includes pages on Installation, Player Controls and Card Features/limitations.

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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 more reports added today. Current total - 16,198. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Plextor PX-810SA (SATA) in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.10)
    (using one of the 2 spare SATA ports on the Mac Pro motherboard.)
  • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Samsung SH-S183L (SATA) in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.10)
    (using spare SATA ports on the Mac Pro motherboard.)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Samsung HM250JI 250GB in (late 2006) MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
    (Problems noted, drive unsuable on onboard SATA. Some others had this issue also, although not everyone.)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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