Monsoon HAVA Gold HD Turns PC Into Budget PVR, Video Streamer

Maybe you’ve heard of HAVA, maybe you HAVA-n’t (ha!), but it looks like the company is here to stay as a prime competitor to Sling Media’s Slingbox.

The HAVA Gold HD announced today (and available for sale) is a $129 box that not only allows you to turn your Windows PC into a TiVo-like video recorder, but you can stream MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video to multiple PCs as well. Those using the box with a Windows XP Media Center Edition as well as eventual Vista users can use the HAVA Gold HD as a TV tuner.

What got yanked to make the price lower than the higher-end unit appears to be all the built-in wireless features and fewer I/O options (no RF on the Gold version).

More specs and a picture of the rear after the jump.

Monsoon HAVA Gold HD Features:
-Component Input and support for HD video source (1080i, 720p, 480p/576p) played back in the native 16:9 aspect ratio on the client display
-Supports Windows Vista
-Windows XP Media Center Edition integration – appears as an installed TV-tuner card
-Connects to any TV source such as Cable, Satellite, DVD, TiVo or a Camcorder
-Enables TiVo-like functionality on the PC. Users can record, store, pause, rewind and fast forward stored video
-All inputs include a pass through connector, eliminating the use of splitters when connecting HAVA to home video equipment
-Streams video at an average of 8Mbps directly to PCs in home network in MPEG-2 full D1 resolution, at 720 x 480 pixels
-Streams MPEG-2 format over the home network, MPEG-4 format over the Internet
-Schedule and record programs for later viewing
-Allows burning of stored material to DVD