May 3rd, 2006, 02:52 AM
Want to turn your Mac mini into a PC DVR
Want to turn your Mac mini into a PC DVR using BeyondTV? All you need is Boot Camp, Windows, and an external tuner. Why? Because we can! Not to mention this is tons cheaper than EyeTV. If you’re pining away for HD tuning on that Mac mini, you’ll also need an external drive to keep up. Of course the next step is seeing if the SnapStream folks can get this to work within Parallel’s virtualization software…
SnapStream says: With Windows XP and the hardware drivers installed on the Mac mini, it was time to convert the Mac mini into a PVR! We had to choose a few small USB 2.0 TV tuner cards, one HD and one SD, so we wouldn’t lose the space savings gained by using the Mac mini. For the HD card we used the DViCO FusionHDTV5 USB Gold and for the SD card we used the Diamond XtremeTV PVR600. To increase our storage capacity and our performance we chose the LaCie Big Disk Extreme 500GB external firewire hard drive. After all the hardware was picked we had to choose the PVR software. With all the choices there are in the market it was a close call, but we chose to go with the best and installed Beyond TV 4 along with the Firefly mini for our remote.