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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...

CES Keynote Roundup

Media Center was basically a no show, not too much of a shock for me. The only real Media Center is that Samsung will be supporting Extender’s in the future. Other than that, Microsoft re-announced that HP will be shipping their MediaSmart HDTVs with...

Short Bits: DRM, Vista SP1, Xbox 360, More

Hard to think people are just now getting around to talking about the DRM crap made by Peter Gutmann and Bruce Schneier. I went after Schneier in Feburary , but it’s hard to imagine that these “professionals” up into the ring without knowledge of any...

Short Bits: Crestron & Microsoft, Vista Update Leak, Xbox Cut

Crestron & Microsoft to Take Media-Centric Automation to ‘Whole New Level’ Vista Performance and Reliability Pack & Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack Leaked? Xbox 360 Getting a Price Cut!

Microsoft Finally Advertises Media Center

Only problem? The ad is horrible. . Where to start with this one. First of all, congrats to Microsoft for finally starting to market Media Center. My first advice, don’t give up. I’m just going to ramble here, because there is a lot to say. The ad is...

Is This Microsoft's Future Media Platform/Service?

Dave Zatz wants to know what this odd trademark application is about filed by Microsoft in Australia, and frankly so do I. Long Zheng first pointed it, and I have to say that nothing here really makes sense without stretching the imagination pretty far...

Xbox 360 Elite Questions and Comments Answered

Lots of questions and comments about the new Xbox 360 Elite, so here is a run down with some answers. Question: is it quiet? It’s said to be the exact same hardware as the Core and Premium systems. If you consider them to be quiet, then yes the Elite...

Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

Microsoft Corp. today announced the upcoming availability of Xbox 360™ Elite, a new model of the video game and entertainment system that will include a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and...

When Your Xbox 360 Extender and CableCARD Recordings Don't Get Along....

Update: Update on Xbox 360 Extender with CableCARD Recordings You’re basically screwed. Tonight is not a good night to try and find Knowledge Base Articles. Microsoft is failing left and right to impress me , and this one is pretty serious. Xbox 360:...

Consumer Electronics Show Roundup (Part 1)

So much stuff so far at CES that the main page of my blog has already rolled over. Here is a quick rundown of what has happened so far CES Keynote/Microsoft Microsoft Unveils Wave of New Products and Services at CES Short Bits: Bill Gates CES Keynote...

Microsoft's CES Press Releases

Microsoft Integrates IPTV Software Platform With Xbox 360, Creating All-in-One Digital Entertainment Device | At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. today announced a new solution that will bring together two of its...

Short Bits: Bill Gates CES Keynote

Media Center SportsLounge with FOXSports.com combines live television, real-time scores and online sports media. Also, Windows Vista (premium versions) will have new content from existing partners and new ones, including, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Starz...

Microsoft Unveils Wave of New Products and Services at CES

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2007 — Speaking at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach showed how the company is delivering...

Manufacturers Exploit Vista for Home Automation & A/V

[EHX] Manufacturers Exploit Vista for Home Automation & A/V (CE Pro) | Julie has a post with some of the great stuff that was on show at EHX. Embedded Automation, Cortexa, Exceptional Innovation, Honeywell, Niveus, Superna, and more are showcased...

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE | The guys (and gals) at CE Pro have introduced Media Center Pro at new published that is focused on Media Center. This is the magazine for “people who build, sell, install, integrate and...

Updated: Xbox 360 Only Vista Compatible Extender (Hope for Linksys/HP?)

Well, following an amazing pattern of not supporting devices and services in Media Center upgrades the Xbox v1 Extender and HP/Linksys will not be compatible with Windows Vista. Newer Extender models will appear with the Windows Vista release. "Except...

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...

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...

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...

How Did I Do In 2005? CES Tells All

In 2005 I talked about many technologies and features that I thought Microsoft had in-store for Media Center. Since Bill Gates just finished his CES Keynote, I thought I would run down some of the announced features and point to where I talked about them...
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