"Works well"on by escobedo
Pros easy to set up
Cons amateurish interface, bad tech support
Summary Here's an actual response I received from their tech support when I emailed about their upgrade not working:
Hello, Sometimes V 2.4 does not work on some computers . However if V 2.3
works then you should be fine. Some computers like V2.4 and some don't. Do
not know why.
Pros plays mpg, divx, xvid, mp2, and jpg files
Cons Pausing video, causes audio to get out of synch with video.
Summary Lets you play mp3's off your computer, while simultaneously watching a slideshow of pictures from your HD.
Let's you watch downloaded video content on TV including divx, xvid and wmv files. Divx capability with processor 1.8GHz or higher.
With dvix files doesn't really let you FF or RW. Pausing the file causes the video to get
out of synch with audio.
I gave it such a good rating because there are no other "cheap" alteratives to what this does. I bought 3 of them. One for myself, one for neighbor, and one for parents.
Pros VERY easy to set up, VERY easy to use, does divx just fine
Cons no frills, the selection screens are not very appealing, no wireless
Summary this little guy does everything the PrismIQ promised to do but could not deliver. and it was VERY easy to set up. i was very pleasantly surprised that it worked literally right out of the box.
overall- i am very impressed.
note that the new remote also controls PVR pci cards from the same manufacturer.
i would be curious to know if one could hook it up via a wireless bridge.
Pros This device is very cheap and works well.
Cons Setup was a bit challenging.
Summary The Media MVP is a great device for a simple interface to you PC's media files to you TV. The device gives you the ability to plug in with either standard RCA plugs or SVIDEO (video) and Composite (audio). It plugged into my Pioneer receiver perfectly. The user interface is simple to use. Browsing media files is easy. You can identify folders to access via the PC application or from the device itself. I have been able to play most of my media no problem.
The setup was a bit tricky. The software out of the box was a complete failure, but Hauppauge's website was easy to find the upgrade and download it. Once the upgrade was installed the device worked like a charm.
This is a great Media Extender for the price!!!
Pros S-Video for PQ
Cons Analog Stereo, not bad but there is no Optical
Summary As for today Firmware Versions H have Optical Sound using Digital Coax output. Prior Firmware D1 thru E didn't have that feature.Freeware Hauppauge MediaMVP Skin Theme/Plugin replacements area now available on my blog here http://mediamvpskins.blogspot.com/ Make that old GUI on the wired or wireless MediaMVP stand out on your new HDTV or older SDTV.
The default GUI is awful, this year I decided to change the default GUI with something more pleasing: images are located here: http://www.putfile.com/tipstir/mediamvp
Just google Midnight ClearMist ES
The MediaMVP uses software that you install on the PC you have your media files on. It uses DHCP server tool which is very easy to setup and save your network locations of your files to it. So that he MediaMVP can display for you.
The picture you see here is what it looks like. The remote is the older 34-button, there is a new 45-button which is easy to use.
Now if you want to go use this device as a real DVR you need software to do that. GBPVR www.gbpvr.com has that for free. SAGETV also recommend. Both allow you to use MediaMVP with the PC to control features look at the TV Guide setup channels to record, watch Live TV, pause it, FF/RR it and record from it. Now you'll need a fast PC with 2.0GHz 1GB of RAM, Network Cards for your desktop PC and a Router. Also need to purchased a WinTV-PVR-150 or better to record CATV.
I have 4 in my stock pile and was planning on going as high as 6 soon. For the money you can't find anything else this small full feature:
Radio (internet radio)
SAGETV and GBPVR give you more like Weather, Live TV, SearchGuide and more..
Updated on Nov 27, 2008