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I absolutely want to drop my free HD-DVR from Charter for a Vista Media Center with CableCard support.  The ability to record to a hub that can be viewed from any Xbox 360, Zune, Portable Media Center, phone, etc is exciting.  But...

Niveus Media's offering starts at $3199 and that's without the CableCard adapter.  It looks like that will run an extra $1500.  That's way out of my price range, and I am a gadget freak with a decent income.  That thing is built for Bill Gates and friends.

Velocity Micro's offering starts at $1795 and goes up to $2325 when you add dual cable cards.  That's half the price but still not cheap.  It's a really nice machine with the HTPC form factor.  I doubt I'll find a better machine for cheaper.

For $2400, I can get a new 42" Plasma, an upconverting DVD player, the new HD Slingbox, and a SlingCatcher (when it releases) and still have enough money to fly to Vegas and try to win all the money back!

So, is it worth the money?

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 8:27 AM Hardware | Back to top

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