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February 2006 - Posts

Microsoft Joins Mobile DTV Alliance to Help Accelerate DVB-H Deployment in North America

Microsoft Announces Participation in Mobile DTV Alliance to Help Accelerate DVB-H Deployment in North America | Microsoft Corp. today announced its participation as a founding member of the Mobile DTV Alliance, a new organization created to promote the growth and evolution of the open standard for broadcast digital TV on mobile devices, Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H). Microsoft joins a distinguished group of mobile industry leaders including Intel Corporation, Modeo LLC, Motorola Inc., Nokia and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI). As part of the Mobile DTV Alliance, Microsoft will help promote DVB-H best practices for delivery of premium-quality broadcast media to mobile devices for the North American market.

“Demand for over-the-air delivery of digital entertainment to mobile devices is driving the need for broadly supported mobile broadcast technologies like DVB-H,” said Pat Griffis, senior director of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft and Microsoft’s board member in the alliance. “By combining our respective industry expertise, Microsoft and fellow founding members of the Mobile DTV Alliance will help make DVB-H-powered mobile TV a reality for consumers.”

“Microsoft joined at the formation of the alliance, rounding out our participation at every level of the wireless ecosystem. We are pleased to be able to announce its participation as a founding member,” said Yoram Solomon, president of the Mobile DTV Alliance and director of strategic marketing and industry relations for the Mobile Connectivity Solutions business at TI. “The Mobile DTV Alliance provides an open ecosystem for the mobile digital TV marketplace, greatly increasing revenue opportunities, innovation and services to consumers.”

DVB-H technologies enable consumers to receive live TV-like experiences directly on their mobile handset and other DVB-H-based devices. In addition, operators will benefit from increased revenue opportunities while preserving cellular network bandwidth for voice and other data services.

“Microsoft’s participation in the Mobile DTV Alliance as a founding member will accelerate the introduction of mobile digital television based on DVB-H into cell phones, PDAs, laptops and portable media players,” said Michael Schueppert, president of Modeo.

Mobile-optimized Microsoft Windows Media technologies from Microsoft — such as Windows Media Audio Professional, Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Windows Media Video (Microsoft’s implementation of VC-1) — have already been successfully deployed for use in mobile broadcast solutions, including Modeo’s pilot of its DVB-H mobile broadcast network last year. By participating in the Mobile DTV Alliance, Microsoft will collaborate with industry leaders on best practices both with handsets and services, further advancing Windows Media-enabled solutions for DVB-H and helping deliver comprehensive video broadcast offerings for mobile operators.

Additional information about the Mobile DTV Alliance can be found at http://www.mdtvalliance.org.

Media Center Available via Retail Channel! Who Cares?

Windows Media Center Available via Retail Channel | Charlie Owen points out that with the official Windows Vista Product Lineup that you will finally be able to buy Media Center in a retail market.  Charlie says “Windows Media Center is coming to a store shelf near you”, but will it even matter?

Jim Allchin says that PC’s using CableCARD will have to be submitted and tested through CableLabs.  So, a retail version of Media Center doesn’t get you CableCARD if Jim is correct.  ATI and AnandTech have pointed the other way, saying “The PC is not certified by CableLabs in any way, instead MS publishes a minimum system configuration and the system has to meet these specs in order to be sold with the OCUR device.”  Details on the DirecTV deal have yet to be seen.

I already covered HD DVD/Blu-ray hardware, and today I’ll add some information about why PCI Express with  PVP-UAB in Vista will most likely be needed.   AACS says “Within a Licensed Product, the video portion of Decrypted AACS Content shall not be present on any User-Accessible Bus in analog or unencrypted, compressed form.”  That sure sounds like PVP-UAB will need to be ready.  I would expect CableCARD and DirecTV to also make use of it, as it is easy to get anything off of the current PCI bus.

It would be very nice if Microsoft would release the details of what’s really needed for CableCARD PC’s.  Will I be able to build one or not?  Does Media Center via retail matter any more?

Microsoft Unveils Windows Vista Product Lineup

Microsoft Unveils Windows Vista Product Lineup | Microsoft Corp. today announced the product lineup of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Scheduled for release later this year, the Microsoft Windows Vista product lineup will bring clarity to customers’ digital world by helping them easily accomplish everyday tasks, instantly find what they want, enjoy the latest in entertainment, improve the safety of their personal information, stay connected at home or on the go, and help ensure PCs are up-to-date, more secure and running smoothly.

The Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter. The number of offerings is the same as the number of offerings currently available for Windows XP. More important, the lineup is designed to deliver clear value to a broad range of customers, each product tailored to meet specific needs of various segments of customers — home PC users, small and medium-sized businesses and the largest enterprises — and is aimed at bringing 64-bit, Media Center and Tablet PC functionality into the mainstream.

“We live in a digital world that is filled with more information, more things to do and more ways to communicate with others than ever,” said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management and Marketing at Microsoft. “The PC needs to give people the clarity and confidence to handle this ‘world of more’ so they can focus on what’s most important to them. With our Windows Vista product line, we’ve streamlined and tailored our product lineup to provide what our customers want for today’s computing needs.”

Windows Vista: Designed for Businesses of All Sizes

Business customers can choose from two versions that are designed to meet their needs, based on the size and scale of their organizations:

  • Windows Vista Business. Windows Vista Business is the operating system designed for organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will help keep PCs running smoothly and more securely so they are less reliant on dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business will provide dramatic new infrastructure improvements that will enable IT staff to spend less time focused on day-to-day maintenance of PCs and more time on adding strategic value to the organization. These are some of the specific features of Windows Vista Business:
  • A new user interface, named Windows Aero™, is designed to deliver the most productive, highest-performing desktop experience possible. Windows Aero will provide a professional-looking, transparent glass design, with subtle effects such as dynamic reflections and smooth animations, along with Windows Flip and Flip 3D desktop navigation features.
  • In addition to these navigation improvements, Windows Vista Business makes it easier than ever to manage huge volumes of business documents. By integrating search throughout the operating system and providing new ways to organize files, Windows Vista Business helps business users quickly find exactly what they are looking for.
  • Windows Tablet PC technology provides built-in handwriting recognition and enables interaction with the PC with a digital pen or fingertip instead of a keyboard.
  • Windows Vista Enterprise. To better address the needs of large global organizations and those with highly complex IT infrastructures, Windows Vista Enterprise is designed to significantly lower IT costs and risk. In addition to all the features available in Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise is designed to provide higher levels of data protection using hardware-based encryption technology. It will also include tools to improve application compatibility and will enable organizations to standardize on a single worldwide deployment image with the inclusion of all Windows user-interface languages. Windows Vista Enterprise will be available only to customers who have PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. These are some of the specific Windows Vista Enterprise features.
  • Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption helps prevent sensitive data and intellectual property from falling into the wrong hands if a computer is lost or stolen.
  • Virtual PC Express is one of several built-in tools that improve application compatibility with previous versions of Microsoft operating systems. Virtual PC Express enables a legacy application to run unchanged on a legacy Windows operating system in a virtual environment on top of Windows Vista Enterprise.
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications enables users to run UNIX applications unchanged on a Windows Vista Enterprise-based PC.

The new user interface Windows Aero is also available in this edition of Windows Vista.

Windows Vista: Incredible New Experiences and Choices for the Home PC User

 Consumers can choose from three versions that deliver exciting new experiences for the home PC user:

  • Windows Vista Home Basic. Windows Vista Home Basic is a great choice for homes with basic computing needs. For consumers who want to simply use the PC to browse the Internet, correspond with friends and family through e-mail or perform basic document creation and editing tasks, Windows Vista Home Basic will deliver a safer, more reliable and more productive computing environment. It will provide new tools and technologies for making the PC more secure and enjoyable, including features such as a new Search Explorer, Sidebar and Parental Controls.
  • Windows Vista Home Premium. Windows Vista Home Premium will help consumers use mobile or desktop PC functionality more effectively while enabling the enjoyment of new, exciting digital entertainment experiences. Windows Vista Home Premium improves every aspect of digital entertainment experiences, including photos, video, TV, movies, music and games. Windows Vista Home Premium includes everything in Windows Vista Home Basic, along with additional features and enhancements such as the following:
  • The new user interface Windows Aero is also available in this edition of Windows Vista.
  • Windows Vista Home Premium integrates search throughout the operating system, helping customers easily organize and quickly find large collections of documents, pictures, movies, videos and music.
  • Windows Media Center capabilities turn the PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. Consumers can use Media Center to record and watch TV shows (even high-definition TV) and access new kinds of online entertainment content. It also provides the ability to connect Windows Vista Home Premium to Xbox 360™, extending the Media Center experience to multiple rooms in the home.
  • Windows Tablet PC technology, which enables interaction with the PC with a digital pen or fingertip instead of a keyboard, is also available in this edition of Windows Vista.
  • Integrated DVD burning and authoring allows users to seamlessly burn personal videos photos and files to video or data DVDs, and easily create professional-looking DVDs from home movies that can be shared with family and friends.
  • Windows Vista Ultimate. Windows Vista Ultimate is the edition of Windows Vista that has it all. It is the first operating system that brings together all the entertainment features, mobility features and business-oriented features available in Windows Vista.

 All new versions are available for either 32-bit or 64-bit systems, depending on the needs of the customer. Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate and Business will be available as a full-packaged product at retail and on new PCs. Windows Vista Enterprise will be offered only to business customers participating in Microsoft’s Software Assurance program.

 Microsoft also will offer Windows Vista Starter in emerging markets. Windows Vista Starter is designed to empower families and entry-level PC users in these markets to experience the world of social and educational benefits that personal computer technology and the Internet makes possible. A 32-bit operating system designed specifically for lower-cost computers, Windows Vista Starter enables popular beginner PC activities and provides an easy-to-use and more affordable entry point to the Windows Vista family of products.

 “Windows Vista is going to be a significant release for all Windows customers — including enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses as well as consumers,” said Al Gillen, research director for System Software at IDC. “Microsoft’s strategy to address different customer segments with versions of Windows Vista optimized for their needs should be well received by these diverse user segments.”

All versions of Windows Vista are scheduled to be broadly available in the second half of 2006.

New Post Category: Photography

I’ve added a Photography post category to the site where you can find select work from my Flickr Photos.  Feel free to check it out!

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The Media Center Show #46

The Media Center Show #46 | 24th February 2006 (54mins 16secs) MP3 - 18.6MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked Daniel Sterling from The Green Button, one of the first and most popular community sites for Media Center.  Daniel talks about the history of the site and the redesign that is coming very soon.

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DirecTV Outlines Digital Home Plans for 2006/2007

DirecTV Investor Meeting 2006 | On February 22, 2006 DirecTV outlined their plans to cover the digital home in 2006 and into 2007.  I have yet to listen to the Investor Meeting in order to find out more details, however the Windows Media Webcast can be found here.

An overview of DirecTV in the Digital Home is also mapped out man includes PlaysForSure to portable devices and Windows PC’s, a DirecTV Tuner of some sort to enable content within Media Center and on Viiv-PC’s, and also it appears support for DLNA!

DirecTV Broadband Video will launch in Q4 of 2006 with about 2,000 titles at the launch.  It is said to include cable network shows, movies, subscription services and more.

DirecTV GameStar targets casual gamers from the sofa, and you will be able to watch TV while playing.

It appears DirecTV subscribers will have some interesting new choices come later this years on how to view and use their content!

New Media Center Game: mceLights

10footgames.net | The goal of this game is to deactivate all the lights on the board. To do this, select one of the lights to turn it on and all the lights around it off.

  • 100 different levels.
  • Generate random levels.
  • MCE 2005 and Vista look and feel.
  • Works with MCE Extenders.
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Niveus Media – K2 Limited Edition Named a Mark of Excellence Award Finalist at EHX

Niveus Media, Inc., manufacturer of media entertainment devices for the high-end audio/video market, has announced that the K2 Limited Edition has been named a 2006 Mark of Excellence Award Finalist in the ‘Best Media Server’ category.

The ISF-certified K2 Limited Edition is currently the only Windows XP Media Center Edition system to incorporate studio grade audio, featuring 6-channel balanced XLR and RCA output and a single pair of balanced XLR and RCA inputs which enable a user to produce 24 bit 192khz DVD-AUDIO quality recordings for archival & playback purposes.

In addition to offering recording/mastering quality audio, the K2 offers the same passive cooling technology found in all Niveus Media Centers, allowing the system to run totally silent. Furthermore, the Niveus ConvergencePanel™, the unit’s unique rear panel, enables the K2 to be easily integrated with existing studio grade audio gear.

“We’re appreciative that CEA and TechHome have recognized the K2 Limited Edition as an innovative media server product,” said Tim Cutting, CEO, Niveus Media. “We gave our engineers carte blanche to design the very best media server money can buy and we believe the K2 has earned the respect of the most discerning audio and videophiles.”

The 2006 Mark of Excellence Award winners will be announced at a banquet on Friday, March 31, 2006 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, during the Electronic House Expo (EHX) in Orlando, Florida. Niveus Media will be demonstrating the K2 Limited Edition during EHX in Demo Alley Room 203A at the Orange County Convention Center. More information available at www.ehxweb.com

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Media Center Boot Camp Preschool Session

Media Center Boot Camp Intros Preschool for Newbies (CE Pro) | This is a great idea!  Are you a Home systems integrator, IT professional, System builders, CE Manufacturers, or Software developers looking to find out more about Media Center?  Does the information presented on the web go over your head?  If you’re looking for a demo and some basic information to get you started you will want to attend EHX Spring 2006 and the "Preschool" session being put on by Mike Seamons.  Then say for the rest of the Boot Camp and learn some more about the platform.

Media Center Boot Camp - Register Now!

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HD DVD's Managed Copy with Xbox 360 Extender

The Green Button member Neon asked a question about HD DVD's Managed Copy with Xbox 360 and I thought I would post a bit of the information here too, since many people have the question on their minds.

The question was asked by Neon, “With Vista there will be the ability to make a Managed Copy of HD DVD, but the question remains what format will it copy too, and will it be able to be played on an Extender or 360?”

There will be much more information on this in the upcoming months. However, AACS is going to define a "Managed Copy" as making available the same resolution and functions (user experiences, menu features, etc) as the licensed physical content. This would lead most to think that it will be an exact copy in its original form.

Now, AACS is also going to include WMRM (aka WMDRM, I like to leave out the "D" since "DRM" makes people uneasy) which is Windows Media Digital Rights Management as an "Authorized Digital Output". Your Xbox 360 supports WMRM and even better it support WMRM-ND.  That -ND stands for Network Devices which is approved for "Remote Viewing" which everyone basically calls streaming.

I'm not sure what the plan is for streaming the content around (in terms of the format), but if on-the-fly converting to WMV9 could be done I would think that would be choice for bandwidth considerations.  I don’t know if WMRM can be applied if the content isn’t ASF/WMV, it will be interesting to see and again it’s still going to be a bit before all details are released.  The Xbox 360 is going to have to get a software update (unless it’s already in place: InterVideo?!) when Microsoft releases the External HD DVD Drive since it will need to be able to decode MPEG-4 AVC, in addition to MPEG-2 and VC-1.

The way I'm reading things you still need HDCP output to get full resolution playback, so Microsoft is going to have to release a new dongle which will most likely have HDMI in order for the Xbox 360 to output full resolution. Unprotected output with WMRM is not allowed from what I can see.

Note: I have seen Blu-ray presentations that say BD+ doesn’t interfere with Managed Copy.  So, if true the above relating to Managed Copy would also apply to Blu-ray once released (one would think).

Increasing the Pause Buffer Within Media Center

Increasing the Pause Buffer - The Green Button Community | It looks like someone figured out all of the registry entries to increase the pause buffer within Media Center.  In addition, The Green Button member isomies has created a GUI to allow you to easily change the value up to 2 hours (default is 30 minutes).  I haven't tried it out yet, but download MCE Buffer Extender and try it out yourself.

Quick Warning: Always backup your system before trying anything like this.

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2partsfusion’s Digital Media Servers Feature HDA X-PLOSION 7.1 DTS Connect Sound Cards

2partsfusion LLC announces today the immediate availability of the HDA X-PLOSION 7.1 DTS Connect sound card, the world first Dolby Digital Live (DDL) certificated & DTS Connect PCI type sound card, as an option for their Digital Media Servers.

The X-PLOSION 7.1 DTS Connect sound card provides 5.1 channels Dolby Digital surround sound via only one optical or coaxial connection to a home theater system including external Dolby Digital decoder or AV receiver. The new DTS Connect feature will provide two audio benefits to the consumer: DTS Interactive and Neo:PC, for both multi-channel and stereo content. Taking full advantage of the maximum data throughput of the digital interface, DTS Interactive provides a single cable connection via S/PDIF digital audio output to a DTS-enabled surround sound system by encoding all audio into a DTS-compatible bitstream at 1.5Mbps. Neo PC, based upon DTS' Neo:6 matrix surround technology, transforms any stereo content such as MP3, WMA or CD audio, into a 7.1-channel surround sound experience. It can make movies, music and games come alive in exciting, dynamic, multi-channel DTS Digital Surround®, the same sound format found in movie theaters.

"2partsfusion is excited about offering the new HDA X-plosion 7.1 DTS Connect sound card. Now customers can choose to add this card during the configuration process of any of our DMS models. This is a feature rich sound card that allows everyone from audiophiles to gamers to experience some the best audio presently available on a PC”. said Harris Coltrain, Vice President, 2partsfusion. “Our partnership with AuzenTech, Inc allows us to continue to offer the best of breed in configuration options for our lines of Digital Media Servers ".
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Multiple Tuner Fees With Vista Media Center?

Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center and TiVo multiple tuner fees | Brian Hoyt e-mailed me yesterday asking how cable/satellite providers are going to handle the fact that most will have multiple tuners in their Media Center PCs.  Currently, you generally purchase separate set-top boxes form your cable/satellite provider for each room you wish to view the content in.

While I have no exact idea how this will work, I’m assuming for CableCARD you will just rent the basic CableCARD(s) from your cable company and that’s that.  They generally go for about $3 a month per card.

Now, for DirecTV it might be different and it will work (most likely) however they say it will.  You might be charged a fee for each room, it might be a flat fee, I have no idea.  Details on the DirecTV deal have yet to be seen, and most likely will come much later than the CableCARD deal.

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Media Center Server Edition, Naw

Do We Need a Media Center Server Edition? (Ian Dixon) | Ian Dixon has a posting about Steve Makofsky who has moved his Media Center PC into a server only roll.  Ian wonders if it’s time to think about “Media Center Server Edition”.  Alexander Grundner expressed a similar opinion on the matter, however there are some things to think about here.

First of all, the market isn’t going to grab at “Media Center Server Edition”, under that name.  The average consumer doesn’t want a rackmount server, they want a Windows PC.  They want something that they know how-to operate and configure.  Thus, the market for true “servers” at this point isn’t large enough to warrant a full “Media Center Server Edition”.  The average consumer also wantsto know that when they spend + $1,000 for a PC, they are getting more than something you tuck away never to see.

Second, Intel Viiv-based PCs ship with “Intel Matrix Storage Technology”, which the rest of the world calls RAID.  These PCs will also ship with Dual Core processors and SATA 3GBs.  These PCs are “servers” folks.  However, they are “servers” that the average consumer can not only afford without giving up basic amenities like support for HD Audio, PCI Express, Windows XP (and Vista at launch), and in some cases Integrated Graphics that are (somewhat) worth a damn.

Everything that you need to serve up media to your “clients” (Media Center Extenders, Windows Media Connect Devices) is shipped with a Viiv-based PC.  An SKU of Media Center transformed into “Server Edition” isn’t going to appeal to most in this market.  Will it appeal to some, sure.  I’m sure that many in the CE Pro market would be interested in “Media Center Server Edition”.  However, for those interested in “Media Center Server Edition” it might be better just to buy a rackmountable case and stick your Media Center PC away for a true “server” role.  A large part of the market purchases Media Center PCs because it’s a Windows XP PC in addition to a Media Center.  It can function as both, without this Media Center would not be where it is today and it wouldn’t be going much further.

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Smaller OEMs to Get Access To New Media Center Data

More on system builder information disclosure (Matt Goyer) | Well, it looks like my post about Microsoft Ignoring Small OEMs has paid off.  Matt Goyer has replied after his two other posts (Building your own DVD changer and applications & DVD Changer Information Disclosure To System Builders) saying “…it does sound like there has been a breakdown somewhere because the hardware requirements information that was made available during the beta time frame has not been posted to the system builder site post launch.”.

He also adds “Is there any other Emerald hardware requirement information that you would like to see disclosed?”  (Comment Here)

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ATI's HDCP PR BS

New Details on True HDCP Support on PC Video Cards (eHomeUpgrade) | Alexander Grundner has pointed to Ars Technica with a quote from John Swinimer, ATI PR Manager about the lack of HDCP in ATI products.  It seems John told Ars Technica the reason behind their cards not supporting AACS is not finalized.  Gee, that sounds like a good reason, but is entirely incorrect!

AACS has not a thing to do with implementing HDCP support!  HDCP has been around for over 5 years now and is used in hundreds of shipping products.  The reason ATI’s cards don’t support it is likely because they didn’t want to spend the money until it was needed by some actual media.  Another interesting bit is that both ATI and NVIDIA are both listed as HDMI Adopters and HDCP Licensees, yet we don't have products for retail with HDMI/HDCP!

By the time AACS hits final, the expected allowed outputs will be HDCP, DTCP, and WMRM (and WMRM-ND).  The nice thing about WMRM-ND being there is that it will allow for remote playback on devices like the Xbox 360.  It has yet to be seen if WMRM could be used on the PC for full resolution output without HDCP in place (I’m guessing not).

Media Center Extenders & Windows Media Connect

If you listened to this weeks Media Center Show you heard Dave Alles, Product Unit Manager on the eHome Team say that more Media Center Extenders would be coming out in the Vista timeframe.  In addition, he said that the Windows Media Connect Team and the Media Center Extender Teams have basically merged (which I didn’t know).  Dave said that these devices will support DLNA and will have Windows Media Connect and Extender both built in.  Very interesting, but I’m still interested in a Standalone ~$150 Extender.

As a side note, Pioneer's BDP-HD1 Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM/RE/R) Player will support Windows Media Connect out-of-box with supported playback of WMV, VC-1, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2, WMA, MP3, LPCM, and more.  They should all be supported over Windows Media Connect, since it supports output of just about any format, the BDP-HD1 will do all the decoding.

Media Center Boot Camp @ EHX Spring 2006

Media Center Boot Camp - Register Now!

Lead Presenters: Julie Jacobson, Editor-at Large, CE Pro & Mike Seamons, VP Marketing, Exceptional Innovation

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. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and brainstorm with their peers, and meet personally with presenters.

Topics Include:

  • Intro to Media Center Edition
  • Survey of products and services related to MCE
    •  Hardware
    • Automation software available
    • Exploring plug-ins such as Outlook, Caller ID, and CCTV management
  • Optimizing MCE installations for the home theater
  • How to use MCE as a source for whole-house media distribution
  • Integrating MCE into traditional, proprietary control platforms
  • The business of MCE — how to sell, install and support MCE profitably
  • The dreaded PC service calls - how to handle them; profit from them
  • Technical tips and tricks
  • Video calibration through MCE
  • MCE versus other media servers: A lively debate
  • In the field: How MCE is being used by integration companies
  • The future of MCE and related Microsoft technologies
  • Do the MCE providers care about this channel?
  • Survey of MCE-related products on the EHX show floor

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
Media Center Boot Camp - Register Now!
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The Media Center Show #45

The Media Center Show #45 | 16th February 2006 (1hour 3min 39secs) MP3 - 21.8MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Dave Alles, Product Unit Manager on the eHome Team about Extenders, including how the idea for the original Xbox extender came about in a Redmond Brewery.  Also, an update from Charlie Owen about the MIX06 conference, where Media Center is featured and a chance to win mcePhone thanks to Christoph Buenger Software.

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FeedDemon 2.0 Beta 2 Is Amazing!

Nick Bradbury just released FeedDemon 2.0 Beta 2 (Build 2.0.0.13) and I got it installed in seconds, and was amazed at the results.

This is the first build that I’ve tried to use FeedDemon 2.0's Synchronization Features with NewsGator Online and let me tell you, if you read any number of RSS Feeds, use Media Center, and always want to check up on new feeds from any computer (FeedDemon need not be installed), then you need to Purchase FeedDemon 1.5 right now for $29.95 and then Download FeedDemon 2.0 Beta 2!

Why?  No matter where I am, I always have up-to-date feed information without having to mark thousands of old entries as read, while missing all the new ones in the process!  It doesn’t matter if it’s NewsGator Media Center Edition, NewsGator Web Edition, or FeedDemon.  I get new entries where I want them, whenever I want them.

Great Job Nick & NewsGator!

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