DVBLink for Hauppauge Colossus
Connect your Hauppauge Colossus to Windows Media Center
DVBLink for Hauppauge Colossus allows watching prime HDTV in Windows Media Center with a regular set-top-box’s.
The Hauppauge Colossus card allows you to get your set-top-box HD output and bring it into a computer, thus allowing you to build a PC-based Personal Video Recorder. For the first time, you can bring that HD feed into Windows Media Center.
DVBLink for Hauppauge Colossus is a product based on the successful dvblink framework that acts as a bridge between the Colossus and Windows Media Center. It gives you SD/HD video playback with AAC and AC3 5.1 surround sound. Here is a list of features supported by DVBLink for Hauppauge Colossus:
- High-Definition H.264 Video with AC3 5.1 or AAC Dolby Digital Sound
- Native set-top-box control using:
- Colossus’s integrated IR Blaster (available soon)
- Any MCE-compatible IR blaster
- Firestb (x86 only)
- Set-top-box remote control key learning (requires a MCE-Compatible IR Receiver)
- Customizable channel changing with the hooks
- Media Center TV Guide support
- UPNP Server to stream live TV to UPNP-enabled clients (when using DVBLogic’s Network Pack)
- Supports Windows Media Center Extenders (H.264 only)
- All the goods that Windows Media Center has to offer… DRM free!
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- Windows 7 Media Center
- Windows Home Server Vail
- Any Windows Media Center Extenders supporting H.264
How does it work
The DVBLink framework installs virtual BDA drivers, which are used by Windows Media Center and other programs to perform digital video capture. The virtual drivers are registered as DVB-S tuners that can feed a wide selection of video formats, including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.
DVBLink for Colossus gets the data feed from the Hauppauge Colossus card and relay it through the virtual drivers, thus sending it to Windows Media Center.
For Media Center to listen on the virtual tuners feed, you have to setup the DVBLink virtual tuners as dummy Satellite tuners. Thereafter, the DVBLink Media Center add-in can override the satellite channel list with the your provider’s channel list.
Finally, when DVBLink for Hauppauge Colossus receives a channel change request from Windows Media Center, it relays that request out to the set-top-box using one of the set-top-box control options.