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The Media Center Show #55

The Media Center Show #55 | 28th April 2006 (59mins 59secs) MP3 - 20.5MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Brian Binnerup, Brian is the developer behind My Movies.  Ian and Brian will be talking about how the project started, what it does and what is new in Version 2.0 that launches today.

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April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB914548) | Install KB914548 to get the latest updates for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This update supersedes all updates since Update Rollup 2 (KB900325) for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 914548.

Quick Details
File Name:        WindowsXPMediaCenter2005-KB914548-ENU.exe
Version:            1.0
Knowledge Base (KB) Articles:            KB914548
Date Published: 4/25/2006
Language:         English
Download Size:            3.4 MB

Prerequisites
To install this update rollup, you must be running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. You must install the update that is described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 900325 Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Hotfix replacement information
This is a cumulative update rollup. The update rollup replaces the following updates:

  • 908250 Update Rollup 908250 is available for computers that are running Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • 912067 January 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • 913437 HTML programs do not support non-English keyboard characters on a computer that is running the Korean version of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Besides the fixes that are contained in the updates that are listed in this section, this update resolves the following issues:

  • Incorrect guide data for ATSC minor channels that you have manually added
    • After you manually add Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) minor channels and install Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition, the minor channels may not have unique guide data associated with them.
  • ATSC channels move into a five-digit channel range
    • When you configure a satellite service provider and an over-the-air ATSC, the ATSC channels may move into a five-digit channel range. Because of this problem, you cannot type a channel number by using the Media Center remote control or keyboard.
  • Delay when you change DVB-T channels
    • There may be a long delay when you switch between audio-only and TV DVB-T channels.
  • Teletext bar remains on the screen after you use transport controls
    • The Teletext bar does not disappear after you use the transport controls when you are recording a program that has Teletext subtitles.
  • Teletext blinks frequently
  • Closed captions do not display correctly
    • Some closed captioning may not display correctly.
  • Media Center computer is not suspended after you use the TV tuner
    • After you install Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition, the Media Center Edition computer is not suspended if the tuner has been used.
  • DVB-T scanning does not work correctly in the Czech edition of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • You receive a "Unsupported File Type" error message when you burn a DVD video
    • When you try to burn a DVD video by using the Cyberlink PowerDVD MPEG2 decoder, you may receive a "Unsupported File Type" error message. This problem occurs after you install Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This update adds an additional AC3 decoder to the list of supported decoders.
  • Tuning information is missing for the 1 MUX on 186 megahertz (MHz) setting in the Italian version of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • The Italian version of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 may be missing tuning information for the 1 MUX on 186 MHz setting. This update also adds the appropriate DVB-T table for Italian versions of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
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S1Digital Launches Media Center Server

S1Digital LLC, a builder of premium home entertainment solutions announced the launch of the S1Digital Media Center Server Edition. Aimed at custom installers and dealers, the Server offers a rack mountable, high performance Media Center that will fit in with existing or new home theater installations.

The S1Digital Media Center Server Edition, based on Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005, provides customers with a high-end digital entertainment solution including:

  • Digital video recording of up to four channels simultaneously, with 2 ATSC
  • HDTV tuners and 2 SDTV tuners
  • Up-scaling DVD player (with HD-DVD and Blu-Ray options coming soon)
  • DVD playback from hard disk (DVD Jukebox)
  • 1.2 to 2 terabytes of RAID 5 storage
  • Digital music jukebox
  • Internet radio, music and movie downloads
  • 7.1 channel audio with onboard Dolby Digital Live encoding and Dolby Digital and DTS decoding
  • Digital photo storage and editing
  • CD/DVD+DL burner
  •  Multi room playback of audio and video via Xbox 360, Media Center Extenders or other network media players

 The Media Center Server Edition is the perfect digital media storage device for customers with large video and music libraries that want an easy to use, centralized storage and playback platform. In addition to large internal storage options, additional capacity can be added via options such as network attached storage (NAS). Networked media players enable playback of content from the Media Server to other rooms in the house over standard Ethernet networks.

"We've had enormous demand for a rack mountable Media Center from custom installers," said Paul Heitlinger, S1Digital founder and CEO, "now we're able to offer a high-end solution that will meet customers' needs for a centralized media server with massive content storage at an attractive price"

The S1Digital Media Center Server Edition technical specs include:

  • Windows Media Center Edition 2005 with Rollup 2
  • Intel Pentium D 930 Dual Core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4 x 320GB or 500GB SATAII drives with NCQ in Raid 5 configuration
  • Dual ATSC (over the air) HDTV and dual SDTV tuners
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • 7.1 channel high definition audio
  • Nvidia PureVideo Decoder Platinum Version (DD and DTS decoding)
  • Gyration RF wireless keyboard and mouse
  • DVD+DL drive
  • Nvidia 7600GS with DVI, HDMI (with adapter) and component video output
  • Memory card reader
  • 4U quiet rack mount case
  • Upgradeable to Vista

Media Center Server Edition is now available at: http://www.s1digital.com/Media_Center_Server_Edition_p/mcse.htm.

Custom installers and resellers should contact sales@s1digital.com directly.

For more information, please contact:
sales@s1digital.com
www.s1digital.com

Phone: +1 646 827-1179

The Green Button Blog!

With the new upgrade, The Green Button has a new blog!  Our main feed can be found Here.  I will be cross-posting most of the content on this site, and TGB feed will also contain specific posts relating to TGB.  My specific blog can be viewed at....The Green Buttton - Chris Lanier's Blog.

Oh, speaking of feeds….Did I mention TGB has working RSS for all forums?  No more broken feeds here, check them out.  Click on the individual forum and at the bottom you should see RSS Available (ex. General Discussion RSS)

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Press Releases from NAB2006

Microsoft Announces Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta

“Today at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, NAB2006, Microsoft Corp. announced availability this week of a new addition to the Windows Media tools family, Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition. The beta encoder is a powerful tool for video professionals, optimized for the creation of high-quality offline encoding using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (Windows Media Video). Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition beta provides the key features necessary to create next-generation video content and capitalize on the growing importance of optical media and video-on-demand scenarios.”  More

Microsoft and Universal Pictures Collaborate to Release HD DVD Titles Using VC-1 and iHD

“Today at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, NAB2006, Microsoft Corp. and Universal Pictures announced their collaboration on the release of next-generation HD DVD discs using VC-1, the video compression standard recently approved by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and one of the mandatory codecs in the HD DVD specification. Universal will also use iHD for the interactive features of the new titles. The launch of HD DVD players and titles last week in the U.S. represents the first broad market availability of high-definition optical media for consumers.” More

SMPTE VC-1 Receiving Industrywide Support

“Today at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, NAB2006, Microsoft Corp. showcased how Windows Media Video (WMV), Microsoft’s implementation of SMPTE VC-1, is being adopted across the industry to power a range of next-generation content creation and playback scenarios, from mobile content for wireless devices to high-definition video delivered by next-generation DVD or to IP set-top boxes. Earlier this month Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) released the VC-1 standard, and Windows Media Video, the first implementation of VC-1, is licensable from Microsoft today.”  More

Microsoft and Ascent Media Europe Collaborate to Deliver Significant Cost Savings to the Media Industry

“Today at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, NAB2006, Microsoft Corp. and Ascent Media Europe, a leading provider of content creation, management and distribution solutions for the media and entertainment industries, announced a new alliance to deliver one of the United Kingdom’s first implementations of a distributed digital media archive, designed to enable content owners to significantly speed up the overall production process across multiple locations and help reduce operating costs. Combining Microsoft Connected Services Framework and Ascent Media’s Atlas services, this advanced new system will be made available to media and entertainment customers across the U.K. and Europe, transforming their businesses to run on digital-file-based workflows and archives.”  More

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The Green Button – New and Improved!

The Green Button | We are excited to present to you an all-new TGB! An entirely new platform and features have been developed to bring you the best user experience possible.  In the coming weeks we will be rolling out additional features, such as an all new downloads center and additional Blog features and content.

Creating a Digital Home Entertainment System with Windows Media Center by Michael Miller goes on sale on Today!  It is going to cover such topics as finding the right Media Center PC for you, connecting and configuring your Media Center, and how to get the most out of Media Center!

 


Notes: There are still some bugs that are getting work out, stay tuned for any more information that I can bring you.
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iHD HD DVD Programming Guide

HD DVD Programming Guide (iHD) | The HD DVD programming guide download consists of a compiled help module (.CHM file) and three code samples which explain and demonstrate the basics of authoring interactive content for high definition digital video discs (HD DVD).


Related: Find out more about iHD Here
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Vista Media Center Theme Ported To XP

Vista Media Center Theme Ported To XP (The Green Button Community) | The Green Button member cm_mc developed a Vista Media Center Theme for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  You can use MyThemesMCE to apply the Vista Theme as well as many others.

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The Media Center Show #54

The Media Center Show #54 | 20th April 2006 (38mins 32secs) MP3 - 13.2MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Nigel Barker (MVP) about digital satellite and more.

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Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP in June

Windows Media Player 11 for XP Due by June (Microsoft Watch) | Mary Jo Foley says that Microsoft officials say they are planning to release the Windows Media Player 11 version for Windows XP in June.  Thomas Hawk seemed to be happy about the announcement, but I’m not sure that the Media Library performance increases will come in this version.  I think you will be waiting until Vista to get that performance jump.

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Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP

Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP (KB911565) | A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to remotely compromise your Windows-based system using Windows Media Player and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Quick Details
File Name:
      WindowsMedia10-KB911565-v2-x86-ENU.exe
Version:          911565
Security Bulletins:     MS06-005
Knowledge Base (KB) Articles:        KB911565
Date Published:          4/11/2006
Download Size:           2.4 MB

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Another DRM Update Revision for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB913800) | Microsoft has released KB913800 Update. This update is intended for systems running Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Install this update to address digital rights management (DRM) protected content failures after installing Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB900325)

For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 913800.

Quick Details
File Name:
      WindowsMedia10-KB913800-x86-ENU.exe
Version:          KB913800
Knowledge Base (KB) Articles:        KB913800
Date Published:
          4/14/2006
Download Size:           7.7 MB

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The Media Center Show #53

The Media Center Show #53 | 13th April 2006 (1Hour 2mins 42secs) MP3 - 21.5MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Casey Chesnut, new Media Center MVP and developer of some great Media Center applications.  Also e-mail’s and Media Center news.

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Updated: ATI Media Center Video Conversion Utility

ATI Catalyst Release Note Version 6.4 Windows Media Center Edition Video Conversion Utility | Catalyst 6.4 introduces a Windows MCE Video Conversion utility. This utility allows users to convert video content that is recorded by MCE, or video content that is available to MCE, to variety of different formats. The video content can be converted to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4 AVC and Windows Media. iPod Video and PSP video are listed as separate formats for easy recognition.

Update: For unknown reasons, ATI has removed all references to there Windows Media Center Edition Video Conversion Utility.  A cached version of the Release Notes can be viewed through Google.  There is also a screenshot of the original section below....

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The Green Button News! Site Upgrade & New Book!

Lots of news to bring from The Green Button today including an update on the new site and another interesting bit of news.

First of all I know it’s been a long time since that “site upgrade” was supposed to happen.  Fear not, it is actually coming (I mean it).  I got to see the new site today, and it looks great!  It’s really a new look and feel and should fix a lot of what’s wrong with the current TGB.  I’m not sure on an exact launch date yet, but I will let everyone know as soon as I do!

Second, The Green Button is hitting print in the form of a new book!  Yes, a book.  Creating a Digital Home Entertainment System with Windows Media Center by Michael Miller will go on sale on April 21st.  This is the first book The Green Button has done, so go pick it up!  It is going to cover such topics as finding the right Media Center PC for you, connecting and configuring your Media Center, and how to get the most out of Media Center!  Amazon.com is set to have it on sale for $18.89!

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The Media Center Show #52

The Media Center Show #52 | 6th April 2006 (47mins 37secs) MP3 - 16.3MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Josh Goldman of Akimbo about the Akimbo server and the future of internet delivered content.

Also, the latest Media Center News and your e-mail’s with a chance to win One Voices’ Media Center Communicator.

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Ultra-Mobile PCs First To Get SoftSled!

Origami Tablet PCs to Run Special Media Center Extender Software | CE Pro has the long awaited word that Ultra-Mobile PCs (formally known as Origami) will include the first Media Center Extender software (aka SoftSled).  “Microsoft is coming out with a software version of MCX expressly for Origami, meaning these little touchscreens can serve as a slave to any MCE in the house, so users can play recorded content, exploit Online Spotlight, use the electronic programming guide -- anything they can do with other MCXs (and most things they can do with an MCE).”  Todd Rutherford, Microsoft Program Manager for eHome Control, made the announcement at the Media Center Boot Camp held by CE Pro at EHX.  There is no date for release yet, but the first official “SoftSled” is now in the works!



Update: 4/6 UPDATE: I may have misspoken. Microsoft explains that indeed there will be some kind of Media Center integration for Origami, but the exact implementation is still under development. Other edits have been made to this posting. -JJ
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Diamond's "XtremeTV" TV Tuner/PVR Media Center Upgrade Offers Orb Remote Viewing

Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of peripherals and accessories for getting the most out of PCs, is now shipping new versions of Diamond's XtremeTV TV Tuner /PVR product combining a full-featured Personal Video Recorder (PVR), also known as DVR (Digital Video Recorder) with remote viewing capabilities powered by Orb Networks, an award-winning developer of media-delivery software and services. Diamond will offer two versions of the new products, PVR560 (PCI) and PVR660 (USB).

The PVR560 and PVR660 feature the latest in digital video processing technology and feature on-board MPEG-2 hardware acceleration for faster video encoding. This enables XtremeTV to provide outstanding visual quality even for processor-intensive tasks like time-shifting and pausing live TV, without putting a strain on the computer's central processor. Also, these products feature an FM Tuner and the Mini Firefly Remote Control. With XtremeTV, users can watch TV on their PC or laptop, pause and rewind live TV, use an integrated program guide to record shows with a single click.

The partnership with Orb Networks will enable Diamond XtremeTV TV Tuner/PVR users to watch live or recorded television from anywhere with broadband internet connection. It also gives them time-shifting features that allow them to schedule recordings to watch later from any Internet-connected device. It only requires that the Orb software be installed on the home PC where the tuner card is installed, and users can handle all functionality of the home TV from the road, including scheduling recordings, checking listings, monitoring web cams and more.

The Orb software also gives added functionality to Diamond XtremeTV TV Tuner/PVR users when dealing with photo, audio and home video. Users can view photos from the home computer while on the road to share with friends, even giving friends access to special photo albums. Orb gives users remote access to their music, TV, photos and other personal digital content, allowing them to stream live TV, recorded TV, and music to the mobile phone, Windows PDA, desktop computers, or laptop.

"Orb is the best place-shifting product for use with any mobile device, including cell phones, especially since there is no additional software to load," noted Ian McCarthy, vice president of product marketing at Orb. "I've been watching a lot of basketball this past month and this is perfect for the Diamond user who expects the best in their products, and is looking for an easy way to watch their favorite sports and TV shows, regardless of where they are."

"Remote home viewing represents the next frontier in television functionality, moving from the time-shifting of Tivo-like devices to complete place shifting, using the Diamond PVR," said Diamond Multimedia CEO, Bruce Zaman. "Remote viewing of the home television is a quickly growing space and we're glad to team up with Orb Networks who makes this added functionality a reality for Diamond customers."

PVR560 and PVR660 will ship with retail prices of $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. They will be available through most North American distributors, such as Ingram Micro, Tech Data and D&H along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites.

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Okoro Media Systems Launches New Core Duo Based Digital Entertainment System

Okoro Media Systems, manufacturer of digital entertainment systems for the high end audio video market, is pleased to announce the availability of the 'Low Profile" LX Series. The LX Series is based on the Intel Core Duo mobile processor with ViiV technology. The LX Series will feature cool and quiet operation without compromising performance. This series will also feature a low profile stylish case that can fit in many entertainment centers.

"Many of our customers have expressed a desire to get their hands on a cooler running ViiV Entertainment PC. We feel the LX series will meet the customers' need for a cooler and quieter unit.   The LX and the ViiV platform will make it easier for our customers to download, manage and share all kinds of digital media" said Christopher Curry VP of Sales & Operations.

The LX series will launch with the LX100 model. This model is based on the Intel Core Duo T2300 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 250GB hard drive. All LX models feature the following:

8-channel HD audio with Dolby Digital Live technology
ATI PVR Tuner Card
667Mhz Memory
Upgradeability to 1 Terabyte of HD Space
Dual Layer DVD Burner
Intel ViiV Technology

For more information about the LX series, please visit www.okoromedia.com.

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New NVIDIA Dual-Analog TV Tuner Turns PCs Into Home Entertainment Centers

NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today introduced the NVIDIA DualTV tuner, the first TV tuner for PCs to offer two TV tuners on a single card with comprehensive personal video recording functionality, unique MediaSqueeze disk space saving technology, and support for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) operating system.

The NVIDIA DualTV tuner is available immediately for $169 USD from the NVIDIA Store Web site at www.store.nvidia.com.

With its unique two-tuner technology, the NVIDIA DualTV tuner transforms an MCE-equipped PC into a bona fide home entertainment system. With a touch of a mouse button, users can schedule recordings of their favorite TV shows and watch them when they want, record two TV shows simultaneously, or watch one channel while recording another, as well as watch pause, and rewind live or recorded TV shows.

With the emergence of portable media players and ubiquitous broadband availability, NVIDIA DualTV users can watch their programs from almost anywhere -- in the home, on the go, or over the Internet. Programs recorded with the NVIDIA DualTV tuner can be transferred to personal media players and portable game players that play back video and many other portable media players. Live or recorded shows can be streamed throughout the home to game consoles or Media Center Extenders; and with Orb Networks software (www.orb.com), NVIDIA DualTV tuner users can watch live or recorded TV shows from anywhere in the world over the Internet for personal use.

The NVIDIA DualTV tuner offers a unique MediaSqueeze technology that allows users to store more of their favorite TV programs on their hard disk, DVD, or portable media player. Users can record live TV shows at a lower bit-rate than normal or "transrate" previously-recorded TV programs into a lower bit-rate to preserve disk space, without significant loss in picture quality. In internal testing using a Tektronix PQA300 MPEG image quality measurement system, NVIDIA found its picture quality rating at medium bit-rates scored consistently better than competitive products recorded at a higher bit-rate.(1)

NVIDIA has applied its renowned PureVideo technology to the DualTV tuner enabling the highest possible picture quality on a PC to date. In addition to PureVideo, the NVIDIA DualTV tuner features:

  • 3D comb filter -- to create high-quality color separations and enhance image detail.
  • 3D noise reduction hardware -- to clean up the signal, thus removing artifacts.
  • In-line TV amplifier -- to boost weak signals.
  • Multi-stream hardware encoder -- to record crystal clear TV shows with low CPU utilization.

In addition to these picture-quality enhancing features, the NVIDIA DualTV tuner carries the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification, signifying that it meets ISF standards for home theater-quality television tuning and recording. Since 1994, ISF has provided comprehensive testing and certification of performance quality, and a publicly recognized logo program for high-end consumer electronics products that consumers identify with superior quality.

"There are other TV tuners in the market today, but the NVIDIA DualTV tuner offers some key differentiators that make it stand out," said Scott Vouri, general manager of multimedia at NVIDIA. "Based on our internal testing, it's measurably the best picture quality of any dual tuner card and saves disk space. It's easy to use and install, and is designed for people who want to watch what they want, where they want, whenever they want."

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