Thursday, 27 November 2008

Sunday, 23 November 2008

New Smart-e SNX888 HDMI matrix Cat5 switch

This looks great and will be out around Feb 09 - seems more functional than the Avatrix HD matrix Cat5 switch which does not seem as HDMI-friendly.

Effectively 16 in and 8 out true matrix switch with IR routing -great job Smart-e, and it's made in the UK!

Unfortunately SkyHD boxes still don't output 5.1 over HDMI so you'll still need an extra cable if you want to distribute it, though Smart-e uses single Cat5/6/7/8 so it should make our lives easier with a lot less cables and clutter.

URC MRF250 IR lead and SkyHD box

These seem a bit temperamental - it might be an IR flooding issue. The placement of the IR lead eye seems to have to be very precise, even though I have removed the cover of the SkyHD box to allow maximum reception and cooling.

Upgrading Pace SkyHD without security screwdriver

I've found a way to undo the security screw on the Pace SkyHD box -yay!

Foxsat HDR DVR

The Humax Foxsat HDR will be out soon. I hope to upgrade it to 1.5TB, but we'll start with 1TB first.

I know it won't be as good as TiVo but sadly we don't have a HD TiVo in the UK :(