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Going Beyond The Enthusiast Market

Charlie Owen, a former Media Center team member wrote a post this week about Media Center expanding its marketplace, specifically going from the current enthusiast market to a more mainstream market . Charlie analysis comes to the pretty simple answer...

Does Home Server & Media Center Mean a Connected Future?

Preface: Before you read this please try and get in the right mindset. Microsoft doesn’t care about what anyone reading this blog wants . They don’t care what I want either. It is a hard truth to take, but that’s a fact. They will say...

Can DISH Network One-Up DIRECTV?

Now that we are fairly certain that DIRECTV will not ship with Windows 7 , the big question remains to be will DISH Network? Around the time the TV Pack started beta testing, I did hear that some testers had been contacted about testing DISH Network Tuners...

Microsoft.com Forgets About Media Center

Long Zheng just posted about a recently updated version of Microsoft.com , so I went to check out the changes and realized a few things. First, I think it has been well over a year since I actually felt the need to checkout Microsoft’s homepage...
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Short Bits: Zune Mobile, Home Servers, TV Pack, More

Remember when I said you would hear more about Zune on mobile phones before the years end ? Well, now you have . “Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc...

Microsoft Taking Media Center to Headless Appliances’

I’ve just gotten a tip from a very reliable source that Microsoft is looking to take Media Center off the desktop and turn it into a CE appliance. The only information that I have is that it is planned to be a headless device of some sort. Other...

Windows Home Server v2 Media Center Integration? Not So Fast

Long Zheng spotted a good one last week , finding a job posting that implies several things about Windows Home Server v2 including “Time Machine compete UI for backup and restore, Windows Media Center integration UI, Live Mesh integration UI etc...

Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008

From distributed HD entertainment to automation and control, Windows Media Center is at the center of an ever-expanding ecosystem within the custom installation channel. DENVER — Sept. 4, 2008 — At CEDIA EXPO 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced...

Niveus Media @ CEDIA: Movie Library, 8 CableCARD, 10 Extenders, Home Server

Niveus Movie Library Goes Primetime! Version 1.5 is enriched to offer high-res cover art (including Blu-ray) and support for a wider catalogue of movie sources, such as disc-in-drive… and more! Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2008 – September...

Microsoft Releases Home Server Power Pack 1

After what seems like an extremely long wait Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released. If you have automatic updates enabled on your server then Power Pack 1 will be downloaded directly, but if you can’t wait for that then the download...
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Media Center Nabs More Online Content: Olympics & Fight Network

NBC has teamed up with TVTonic to provide online coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics via Media Center. Be sure to watch the ‘Explore’ section of Media Center for more, as well as TVTonic (requires install). More information at TVTonic . In...

Short Bits: HP, TouchSmart, Webinar, Live for TV

Ian Dixon had a ton of good stuff this past week at HP’s Connecting your World event in Germany . Among the top announcements was HPs new TouchSmart PC which features a 22-inch display . Best of all, this thing is cheap! It starts at only $1,300...

Reader Questions: Round 1

Have any questions for me? As a part of Media Center Week I’m trying to answer as many as I can. Post them here. Q: I've heard that Cox is refusing new HD channels for CableCARD users even though they are not going to SDV until the end of the year...

Short Bits: HD-PVR, Home Server, Online Spotlight

Hauppauge put up the pre-order form for their HD-PVR 1212 that I talked about last week . Especially if you are ordering with Media Center in mind know that it will not work out-of-the-box, Media Center can’t support the video format it is pushing out...

Microsoft Introduces $10,000 Digital Home Makeover Contest

To celebrate the consumer availability of new Extenders for Windows Media Center, the Windows Media Center team is today unveiling a Digital Home Makeover Contest. For one lucky winner, the makeover team will transform their disconnected digital lifestyle...

Short Bits: Omaura, HP MediaSmart

Chris Morley let the world know that Omaura cases are finally available online through their new partner Dell . These are by far the best looking HTPC cases around, and competitively priced as well. For more information on Omaura in general, visit their...

Short Bits: Advertising, MAINGEAR, Ultimate PC

Microsoft has started another round of Media Center/Extender online advertising on sites like The Green Button, AVS Forum, and more. It is nice to see Microsoft advertising more, but the point still stands that the people who need to know about these...

S1Digital Prepping Windows Home Server & Custom Touchscreen

S1Digital is launching a number of new products for 2008, starting with their newly designed website that looks great. On the hardware side, S1Digital will be launching two Windows Home Server’s and a 17 inch Media Center touchscreen. The new solutions...

Windows Home Server Breaks Ground on New Features, Expands Into More Homes Worldwide

New Power Pack 1 adds support for Windows Vista x64, enhances remote access capabilities, extends data protection and supports the Chinese and Japanese languages. LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2008 — Attendees of this week’s 2008 International CES will be introduced...
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Short Bits: Netflix, Plug-ins, Xbox 360 DivX

Netflix posted a survey online for a few customers, and from the looks of the questions Netflix might be considering bring downloads to the Xbox 360 . Might be in addition to the rumored Netflix STB or this might be there main goal, or none of the above...
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