Hauppauge Introduces HD PVR Upgrade to Support Playstation 3 and Digital Audio





Thursday January 08, 2009


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Hauppauge Introduces HD PVR Upgrade to Support Playstation 3 and Digital Audio

New version of HD PVR software allows direct recording of HD content into a format which can be played on a Sony Playstation 3

2009 International CES

LAS VEGAS--2009 International CES, South Hall 4 - Booth #31453: Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital TV tuner products for personal computers, has announced that their HD PVR now has direct recording support for digital audio and for the high definition format used by the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3). HD PVR is a high definition video recorder for PCs and Macs. It records from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes and allows a user to create libraries of high definition TV shows and movies for playback on HD TVs or burning to disk in a Blu-ray format.

HD PVR records videos onto the hard disk of a USB attached PC. Previously, the HD PVR could record high definition videos in an H.264 format which needed to be converted to a PS3 compatible format. With the new version, HD PVR records directly into a high definition PS3 format. The playback of high definition video from a PC to a Sony PS3 through a home network is popular among PS3 users. The HD PVR recordings can also be played on the Xbox360, but a conversion step is required before the HD PVR recordings can be played.

In addition to direct recording in a PS3 format, the new version of HD PVR supports the recording of 5 channel digital audio through the SPDIF connector on HD PVR.

The HD PVR can connect to high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box receivers, and uses it’s on-board H.264 hardware encoder to record high definition TV programs in an ISO standard HD H.264 AVC format in real time. The connections to the set top boxes are made via component cables, also referred to as ‘YPrPb’ or the red/blue/green connectors on HD set top boxes.

To enable automatic recording of TV programs, the HD PVR recorder includes Hauppauge’s IR Blaster, which controls the channels on most popular cable and satellite TV set top boxes in North America and Europe, and will allow users to schedule the recording of their HD programs.

In addition to high definition H.264 recordings, the Hauppauge video encoder can also create AVCHD recordings, which is the format used on Blu-ray high definition players. As part of the software applications which will be shipped with Hauppauge’s HD encoder, a DVD burning application will be provided which can take AVCHD formatted recordings and burn them onto a conventional DVD disc. These discs can then be played in Blu-ray players. About 2 hours of Blu-ray HD content can be recorded on a conventional DVD disk.

The HD PVR is available from Amazon and other on-line sources with a suggested retail price of $249.

About Hauppauge

Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP) is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital TV and data broadcast receiver products for personal computers. Through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. and Hauppauge Digital Europe subsidiaries, the Company designs and develops digital video boards for TV-in-a-window, digital video editing and video conferencing. The Company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, with administrative offices in New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Ireland and Luxembourg and sales offices in Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Singapore and California. The Company’s Internet web site can be found at http://www.hauppauge.com. Hauppauge and WinTV are registered trademarks of Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. Other product or service names herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.





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