Nathan F writes: "Today brings great news for those of us with home built HTPC systems such as those running MythTV. Hauppauge will be releasing a high definition hardware based encoding card, capable of converting component video at 1080i to H.264 video with digital audio passthrough. Previously, MythTV users and the like have had to rely on the benevolence of cable companies' encryption schemes in order to record non-downscaled HD content. This card, in combination with a set top box from the cable company, will allow the reliable recording of HD content with negligible quality loss. The card is expected to sell for $250 USD."