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New Keyboard

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 October 2015 · 152 views

Back in January of 2013 I picked up home theater keyboard for use with the Mac mini that drives my HDTV. The keyboard worked OK, though typing on it was a bit tedious and I had minor communication issues with the USB dongle that necessitated the use of a USB extension cord to get it out from behind all the AV equipment.
For the past few months I'v...

Third 6TB drive installed in the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 August 2015 · 254 views

At the start of the year I moved a bunch of MKV files off the Drobo onto the 3TB drive hooked up to my Mac Pro.  
Since then that 3TB drive has filled up, so I debated setting up a Drobo for my Mac Pro.  I decided not to as the Thunderbolt Drobo's were last updated back in 2012. I'm holding off in hopes of a faster Drobo - the current Dr...

June Savings, Showtime

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 08 July 2015 · 183 views

No new content for June so the savings was $156.  At this point my cumulative savings of $3780 has more than paid for my investment of $3716 in the Mac mini DVR project, so I think I'll stop the monthly update; however, I'll still post the occasional entry when I check out things like Showtime's new streaming service . 
There's a num...

Thought I needed a new tuner

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 07 June 2015 · 291 views

This past week I noticed an issue where a few recordings were cropped:

I didn't think much about it at first as the episodes I noticed it on had been recorded multiple times, so I just watched another recording.  
I then ran into it when watching live TV.  I did some experiments and realized it was always occurring on the 3rd t...

New channel, BUZZR

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 02 June 2015 · 349 views

​Time for another channel scan as Fox added a new subchannel for the new network BUZZR .  As you might have guessed from its name, it's a channel devoted to game shows .
Pat Sajak  is one of the guest stars on the currently airing episode of Super Password .  There was some banter between him and the host (Bert C...

May Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 June 2015 · 311 views

I've been enjoying Game of Thrones on HBO Now so I've decided to go ahead and let the $15 charge for the next month go through so I can finish watching season 5, which wraps up in a couple weeks on June 14th.  I had a small balance left on the iTunes gift cards I received for Xmas , so I'm only counting $10 towards the monthly expense for content....

Tuner firmware update

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 May 2015 · 239 views

Been over a year since I checked the firmware on my tuners, so I downloaded the update tool  and ran it:

I have the older HDHR3-US model, current version is HDHR4-2US .  Looking at the firmware changelog I see that not much changed for my model since the 20140121 firmware:
Release 20150406 - HDHR3-US/DT/EU models: Fix reboot when...

Useful Site

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 May 2015 · 237 views

Cut Cable Today  - they have a nice comparison of DVRs for use with an antenna .  
My folks plan to cut the cord in the near future, they'll probably go with the Tablo , their top pick.  The Tablo didn't exist when I start this project, else I might have gone with one.
It sits on your home network (does not directly connect to y...

April Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 May 2015 · 374 views

No purchases for April, so $156 saved.  Now at $3478 for the cumulative savings since January 2013. Only $238 left to pay off the setup.
As you may have heard, HBO Now  is up and running.  At the moment you can only sign up if you use an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV) or if you have internet service via Optimum....

Laff TV, Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 15 April 2015 · 314 views

I'd previously mentioned that Live Well was being simulcast in both HD and SD on the 2 subchannels of the local ABC station.  This morning the SD subchannel switched to the new Laff TV network.

As you may have surmised by the name, it's a comedy channel and features shows like Empty Nest, Drew Carey, Grace Under Fire, Spin City as w...

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