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REMINDER: Media Center Boot Camp @ Electronic House Expo (EHX) Nov. 8th 2005

 

Note: For current information on the Media Center Boot Camp being held on Nov. 14 2006 please see this post.

Electronic House Expo | Media Center Boot Camp (Via CE Pro) | Whether you're skeptical about Microsoft's Media Center Edition (MCE), or you've already embraced the platform,this boot camp will help integrators make sense of the technology. Experts from custom installation businesses, software providers, and manufacturing companies will share their insights on the platform. They will highlight the opportunities and challenges of working with MCE, and help integrators determine how the platform might work for their businesses. This will be a thoughtful study of the platform, and how it relates to the custom installation channel.

 

Lead Presenters: Julie Jacobson, Editor, CE Pro and Mike Seamons, VP Marketing, Exceptional Innovation

Presenters: Ted Houser, Glick AV; Andre Brown, Exceptional Entertainment Experience; Jeremy Wolfson, Connect Home Theater; Joel Silver, ISF; Nathan Hufford, PA Computer Connections/Digital Home Now; Tim Cutting, Niveus; Doug Robert, HP; Jeff Lloyd, Inteset

 

Agenda

Welcome and opening remarks -- Julie Jacobson, CE Pro (9:00 - 9:10)

 

MCE TECHNOLOGY

Introduction to Media Center Edition -- Mike Seamons, Exceptional Innovation (9:10-10:00)

 

  • What is Media Center and why should this industry care?
  • Infrastructure of the digital entertainment network--from switches to storage
  • Hardware overview of a Media Center
  • What you can and can’t do with an MCE--what about DVD ripping, cable TV, distributed HDTV?

Media Center System Builders Panel -- What Makes a Great MCE (10:00-11:00)

 

Hear from system builders who design and build MCE products, from low-end systems, to high-end products built for cutting-edge A/V. Panelists will discuss their experiences with different MCE components including video cards, TV tuners, audio cards, hard drives, and front and back panels. They will also discuss the top tech-support issues that arise from both integrators and consumers, and how they tackle some of the common problems associated with MCE.

 

  • Nathan Hufford, PA Computer Connections/Digital Home Now
  • Tim Cutting, Niveus
  • Doug Robert, HP
  • Jeff Lloyd, Inteset

Optimizing MCE for Premium Video -- Joel Silver, Imaging Science Foundation (11:00-11:30)

The leading guru in electronic displays, and developer of the video calibration standards for MCE, Joel Silver will explain how to get the best picture from an MCE. He will demonstrate MCE’s built-in calibration tools, and offer suggestions on the best ways to connect displays to an MCE.

 

LUNCH & NETWORKING WITH HP (11:30-12:15)

 

MCE WORKSHOPS AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

MCE Hands-on Stations (30 minutes each) (12:15-2:00)

Attendees break out into smaller groups to experience hands-on MCE hookups, and learn how to program universal remotes for an MCE-based system.

 

  • MCE in the Family Room: HP MCE with Plasma TV and built-speakers; Logitech 890 remote
  • MCE in the Media Room: Niveus MCE with an HP 1080p display, AV receiver and surround sound; URC MX850 universal remote
  • MCE in the connected home: HP MCE with remote touchscreens from Exceptional Innovation, tied with Vantage lighting control system

MCE Extenders & Whole-house Audio -- Mike Seamons (2:00-3:15)

 

  • MCE Extenders, including discussion of Xbox 360
  • Integrating MCE into a whole-house audio system
  • MCE Tips & Tricks – screen resolutions, MCE plug-ins, locking customers out of admin functions, reboots, etc.
  • Programming UEI NevoSL for multiroom audio

IN THE FIELD: BUSINESS ISSUES & REAL-LIFE INSTALLATIONS

MCE in the Field – The Good, the Bad, & the Work-Arounds (3:15-4:30)

 

Home systems professionals discuss multi-unit installations, experiences with sales and customer support, integration with legacy systems, alternatives to MCEs, making money with MCE, and other real stories from the field.

 

  • Jeremy Wolfson, Connect Home Theater
  • Andre Brown, Exceptional Entertainment Experience
  • Ted Houser, Glick AV
  • Mike Seamons, Exceptional Innovation

The Future of MCE and Related Technologies -- HP (4:30-4:50)

 

Survey of MCE related products on the EHX show floor -- Julie Jacobson (4:50-5:00)

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This boot camp is relevant to both business and technical professionals:

  • Home systems integrators
  • IT professionals
  • System builders
  • CE Manufacturers
  • Software developers

Note: For current information on the Media Center Boot Camp being held on Nov. 14 2006 please see this post.

Published Thu, Nov 3 2005 8:41 by chrisl

Comments

# Media Center Boot Camp a Success!

Friday, November 18, 2005 9:58 PM by TrackBack

# re: REMINDER: Media Center Boot Camp @ Electronic House Expo (EHX) Nov. 8th

You say the boot camp is on the 8th, yet CE Pro says the boot camp is on the 14th.  Are these two different events, or are the dates incorrect?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 3:32 PM by David

# re: REMINDER: Media Center Boot Camp @ Electronic House Expo (EHX) Nov. 8th 2005

Hi David, this is last years post.  This blog was posted on November 03, _2005_.  =).

The post currently on the front page has the information this this years (2006) upcoming event on November 14, _2006_.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 3:53 PM by chrisl

# re: REMINDER: Media Center Boot Camp @ Electronic House Expo (EHX) Nov. 8th 2005

Thanks, I saw your response on TGB.  That makes more sense now :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 3:55 PM by David