Hauppage have announced support for their HD PVR in Windows Media Center, which I know will keep a few people happy!
Here is what Hauppage say about the HD PVR:
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 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.
The recording format is AVCHD, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD disks. Two hours of HD recordings, recorded at 5 Mbits/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GByte DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on a Blu-ray DVD player.
Use HD PVR as a video recorder in Windows Media Center from Windows 7. You can watch and record premium cable and satellite TV in Windows Media Center, creating TV recordings in HD using the efficient and high quality H.264 format. The Windows Media Center support is a free upgrade from Hauppauge, and can be downloaded from the HD PVR support pages at http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/support_hdpvr.html
- Built-in hardware H.264 high definition encoder, for high performance, high quality TV recordings
- Component video input from most high definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers. Optical or stereo audio inputs.
- Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1
- Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate
- Make Blu-ray format AVCHD recordings, so you can burn your TV recordings onto a standard DVD disk (up to 2 hours of video at 5MBits/sec) and playback on Blu-ray DVD players
- Includes HD software video player, so you can playback recordings to your PC screen
- Audio / Video component video loop through to allow HD recording and viewing at the same time
- High Performance Noise Reduction Function
- NTSC,PAL and SECAM Support
- IR receiver for remote control
- IR Blaster to change the TV channels in your set top box
There are three H.264 formats you can choose when recording a video:
- .TS, which is a generic ‘transport stream’ compatible with many digital media players
- .M2TS, which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3
- .MP4, which is compatible with the XBox360
The .TS and .M2TS files are AVCHD compatible, and can be used to burn Blu-ray compatible disk recordings. These files can be burned onto a standard DVD+R or DVD+RW disk for playback in a Blu-ray disk player using the included Arcsoft TME Disk Create application. Approximately 2 hours of HD TV recorded at 5Mbits/sec can be put onto a standard DVD+R or DVD+RW disk.
The included TME Media Converter program may also be used to convert the .TS file to other formats compatible for playback on an iPhone and Ipod.
And all that for $199. For more information check out the Hauppage HD PVR website.