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Sideshow Comes Back Into the Spotlight

Windows Sideshow is back in the spotlight today at CE Pro with the news that Sideshow remotes and devices will officially support control of Media Center Extenders.  I’ve briefly talked about that before, but it’s good to hear it again.  Sadly, the most visible (yet still not shipping) Sideshow remote from Ricavision now costs $350 which puts it way out of my range.

DnC Multimedia is also out with news today that they have an upcoming portable media player that will include Sideshow support.  No price or release date yet, but I’m now more interested in devices like this.  What if instead of using a more standard remote with Sideshow integrated we could use a portable media player instead.  I’d love to see a remote gadget which would allow such a device to still control Media Center using a slightly different form factor.  The fact that this is a portable media player also gives hope for multi-zone audio.

Published Mon, Jan 21 2008 14:31 by chrisl


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A little off topic and niche, but Ikanos Consulting has a closed beta of SideShow on Windows Mobile devices. I've heard good things, but no installer for x64 machines yet so I can't test.

An alternative to waiting Ricavision to get their act together

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 4:01 AM by foaf

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Hopefully they'll add Sideshow features to the Zune this year. It would be nice for XBOX360 to add Sideshow goodies in the Spring update too. Combine Zune and XBOX marketplace, then release a Zune Media Center software version. "Connected Entertainment" will be here by the end of the decade?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:04 AM by Matt

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Long time reader/lurker 1st time commenting.

Given the Sidshow product purpose, why has Microsoft not yet released a client for Windows Mobile?  Wouldn't that stimulate development of Gadgets from the community?


Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:35 PM by mstevens

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mstevens: It sure would, but for whatever reason Microsoft hasn't done this.  Instead, Ikanos Consulting (link above) has done it.  The UI doesn't translate, but the functionality does.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:41 PM by chrisl