XBMC developer acquires TVonics IP

We learned today that Peterborough-based Pulse-Eight have bought the remains of TVonics.

This is potentially great news for all us existing TVonics owners, who have been left wondering where we stand with regards to software updates and ongoing support.  Of course, the article makes it clear that Pulse-Eight are in no way responsible for the burden of the existing customer base, but the very fact that someone has picked up the great work TVonics was doing is very encouraging, and I personally hope for great things to come from it.

The TVonics design philosophy, as it appears from the eyes of an on-looker, was a great one… well built, simple to operate yet entirely competent solutions to the PVR problem. While we all know that the TVonics range wasn’t without its problems, one can certainly say they were heading in the right direction.

I don’t know what plans Pulse-Eight have for the TVonics hardware, but I look forward to seeing how that plays out.  It seems Pulse-Eight aim to create a set top box based on XBMC (they are key contributors to the XBMC effort). XBMC is a great platform in its own right, but I’ve never been convinced it carries the necessary components to make a great PVR. I hate the idea that what I use to view free to air TV has to be separate to what I use to rent films or access on-demand services such as iPlayer, so the promise of a ‘YouView’ style solution to the problem is one of great interest.

2 thoughts on “XBMC developer acquires TVonics IP

    • The TVonics box I have (DTR-HV250) is great. I used Windows Media Centre running on a Mac mini for years, and nothing came close to the user experience for watching and recording TV… until I wanted to reclaim my Mac for other purposes and bought the TVonics box on a whim (mainly because it was being sold off cheaply). Of course, it’s not the same as running media centre, but it does 90%+ of what I need it to, and it does it very well.

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