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Short Bits: Power DVD, Sage TV, Updates

Engadget HD got some shots of PowerDVD 9, or rather what we now know is the extent of the "native” Media Center Blu-ray integration announced CES . Native is a bit of a stretch as I figured it might be. Instead of native playback we now have...

Short Bits: SideShow Remote, Big Screen Savings, Video Testimonial Program, More

Ricavision is officially dead now, but Phillips is sort-of taking their place with the SRM7500 SideShow Remote . Hardly the eye candy that the Ricavision was, but at least it is shipping with a much lower price tag. Clear downside here is the screen which...

Microsoft Launches MSNBC News Beta

Today Microsoft officially launched their MSNBC News beta in Media Center to the world (err, I mean US and Canada). This was actually something that popped up on one of my beta machines a few months ago, but when I asked about it Microsoft said I wasn’t...

Niveus Brings Unified Search To Windows Media Center

Easily search through entire media catalogues and select Internet content utilizing the unified Niveus Search tool, now available for download. Milpitas, CA – September 26, 2008 – Niveus Media, Inc. announces beta availability of the new unified...
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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...

VidaBox's vAutomation Platform Tightly Integrates Media Center & Automation Technologies

VidaBox Partners with Charmed Quark Systems to create vAutomation™: Complete Media Management & Automation Solutions for the Mid-to-High-End AV Market Westbury, NY - September 2nd - VidaBox LLC proudly presents its new line of automation and...

Short Bits: Life|ware & Niveus at CEDIA

This edition ripped straight from CE Pro …It seems Niveus Media is done with pushing their recently developed Niveus EDGE Extender. The might have been Xbox 360-based Extender (sans gaming) is out and the HP MediaSmart Connect is in . Interesting...

Embedded Automation Announces mHome Power Management Module

New Module Makes Power Monitoring and Control Within Reach of all Homeowners Surrey, BC – August 20, 2008 Today, Embedded Automation announced its mHome Power Management Module. The mHome Power Management Module, which provides real-time energy...

Inteset Movie Collection Module Now Supports Blu-ray

Hanover MA, Aug 13, 2008, Inteset, has updated its Movie Collection server module to fully support Blu-ray movies. One of the major selling features of the Inteset media server has been its ability to store, search, and play back movies seamlessly within...

Short Bits: Vongo, VistaView QAM

Last a few days ago I talked about the quickly depleting online streaming section in Media Center , and today we officially have another one to go. Vongo was the Starz-owned subscription download service that will now be history at the end of September...
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Music Plug-in Allows for Folder Based Browsing

While ID3 tags generally make the for the best music browsing and collection experience, the lack of ID3 tags in your tracks can do just the opposite. Now you can get around the need for 100% perfect ID3 tagged tracks using the new Music Browser plug...

mControl Adds Text to Speech Driver

Adding to the long list of mControl add-ins, drivers, and plug-ins is their text to speech beta driver that allows the Microsoft Speech API to make your Vista machine speak text as part of a macro. The speech commands are specific to Windows Vista, so...

Open Media Library Beta Released

No doubt one of my favorite Media Center plug-ins to watch has been Open Media Library . The new MCML plug-in started as a clone of Niveus Media’s Movie Library and then shifted into a huge open source project with several developers behind the...

Heatwave Weather Plug-in Makes a Comeback

Years after developing the world’s first native Media Center plug-in (in MCE 2005 nonetheless, thus using unsupported methods), James at MCExtended is back with Heatwave for Vista . Just about everything you would expect is included in the new weather...

Microsoft Releases TweakMC for Vista Media Center

One of the most popular Media Center plug-ins has always been TweakMCE , but with the release of Vista the community has been lacking such a tool produced by Microsoft. That has now changed with the release of TweakMC for Vista Media Center . The new...

mControl Gets UPB Driver; mPanel Beta Units Out

Last month mControl gained support for CentraLite JetStream , and this month UPB has been added to the growing list of supported lighting and home control systems in Embedded Automations mControl . The beta driver, developed by mControl user Tom Boyce...

Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Microsoft has finally unwrapped a beta of the long rumored Vista Media Center SideShow control gadget. First spotted by Stuart , you can apply for the beta on Microsoft Connect and get started starting, but so far it looks pretty much like basic in terms...

mControl 2.1 Goes Final

Embedded Automation has released the final build of mControl 2.1 for download. The build is actually the same as the previous RCGOLD2 release, and as there were no significant issues reported Embedded Automation has now shifted their focus to the next...

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...

mControl Adds Support for CentraLite JetStream

Embedded Automation has just added CentraLite JetStream to their growing list of supported home control systems. CentraLite JetStream is a new standard for home control based on Zigbee, and as you will learn in the embedded video it was actually the first...
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