Niveus Media Brings The Future of High End Home Entertainment To The NYC Market Through Harvey



Coinciding with the launch of Windows Vista on January 30th, Niveus, together with Harvey Home Entertainment, is launching its new line of Windows Vista-based Media Servers.

New York, NY – January 30, 2007– Niveus Media, Inc., an award-winning manufacturer of digital entertainment solutions for the connected home, will showcase four new media centers including the Rainier and Denali Editions as well as the Pro Series n7 and n9 at the roll out of their Windows Vista-based Media Servers on January 30th at Harvey Home Entertainment in Manhattan.

The 2007 Niveus Media Server line delivers a high level of Windows Vista Media Center-based performance for home theaters. Providing faster frame rates, higher quality television, faster music encoding, rich graphics, and quicker response time, Niveus’ 2007 editions are amongst the first Windows Vista Media Center-based systems to incorporate Intel’s Viiv™ technology including Core 2 Duo processors, HD DVD and HDMI output; all in an audio/video component form factor. Windows Vista, on a digital cable compatible system from Niveus, can support CableCARDs™ from local cable providers. This technology allows consumers to enjoy one-way cable programming and enables them to view and record premium digital HD content without the use of a set-top box.. Niveus Media Centers will also be amongst the first Windows Vista Media Center-based products to offer stunning 1080p HD DVD playback.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to bring our distinguished clientele what we see as the future of high-end home entertainment,” said Harvey CEO Martin McClanan. “This is the first time that a Harvey store has even considered carrying a Windows-based server for the home. But as technology changes so must retailers and we see extensive opportunities for our customers to integrate a Niveus Media Server into their digital lifestyle. The convergence of high-end audio video and Windows Vista Media Center-based products for the ultimate management of uncompressed music, video, digital photos, and HDTV has arrived. This isn’t just the future, this is now!”

“Niveus is excited to launch our Windows Vista-based Media Centers with Harvey Home Entertainment,” said Tim Cutting, CEO and co-Founder, Niveus Media. “With the arrival of premium HD television support in the Windows Vista-based Niveus Media Center, Harvey will be well positioned to deliver a feature packed, whole-home entertainment system for managing their customers’ growing collection of digital content and television recordings.”

Also available through Harvey is the Niveus Digital Cable Receiver which supports up to two CableCARDs for viewing and recording multiple, premium HD television programs simultaneously. Niveus’ external design of the Niveus Digital Cable Receiver ensures the ultimate in performance and flexibility when storing, managing, and accessing, all digital media via a powerful Windows Vista Ultimate-based media center interface.

All of the Windows Vista-based Niveus Media Servers as well as the Niveus Digital Cable Receiver will be available following the January 30, 2007 launch of Windows Vista. Harvey has nine stores located in the metro NY, NJ and CT area.

For more information on Niveus Media, Inc., please visit www.niveusmedia.com

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Velocity Micro Revolutionizes Home Entertainment: Unleashes Bold New Vista Media Center PCs


New media center computers with Vista deliver never-before-seen performance for audio, video, and gaming.

Richmond, VA – January 30, 2007 – Velocity Micro, the premier independent builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today the availability of their groundbreaking Vista media center PCs, the CineMagix Grand Theater and the CineMagix Pro Cinema. The CineMagix Grand Theater, which was unveiled at Digital Experience earlier this month, is Intel-based with up to 2.25 terabytes of storage, while the CineMagix Pro Cinema features AMD products. Both PCs feature premium a/v components and the same sleek design.

“We’re bringing to market something very special. The audio/video quality is second to none in the consumer electronic market with Dolby Master Studio certification and a near perfect home theater benchmark score. We also took a radically different approach to the whole out of box experience—including the cables and documentation that consumers have come to expect from their home theater A/V equipment, available for the first time with a PC-based media center, and only from Velocity Micro,” said Chris Morley, Velocity Micro’s Director of Product Development.

The new media center PCs with Vista deliver a whole new level of media management and playback. The CineMagix Grand Theater and Pro Cinema feature the groundbreaking internal AMD TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner, allowing users to watch and record HD digital cable content on their PCs for the first time. The new media centers also feature Blue-ray and HD-DVD playback for the highest resolution, home cinema quality playback available. Gamers can enjoy first class DirectX 10 graphics from NVIDIA and AMD, setting the stage for the next generation of games, and play games on HDTVs from the comfort of their couch.

“The CineMagix Grand Theater and Pro Cinema are powerful PCs in disguise. They’re loaded with the industry’s most advanced technology, but their low-profile design makes them look like stereo components. They fit right in with your living room set-up,” said Morley.


About Velocity Micro, Inc.
Velocity Micro, Inc. is the premier high-performance personal computer provider in North America. Founded in 1992, Richmond, Va.-based Velocity Micro custom builds award winning gaming, mobile, multimedia, home office, and small business solutions. Velocity Micro systems are now available at select Best Buy retail stores and www.bestbuy.com. For more information on Velocity Micro, please visit www.velocitymicro.com or call (800) 303-7866.

Velocity Micro has earned over 30 industry awards, including nine PC Magazine Editor’s Choice awards. CNET, Maximum PC, Mobile PC, PC World, Computer Gaming World, Computer Shopper, and PC Gamer editors have all chosen Velocity Micro systems as some of the industry’s best-performing, highest-quality, and most reliable PCs.



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Fixing Commercial Skip within Vista


How to Fix Commercial Skip within Vista | Users of DVRMSToolbox might fine that Commercial Skip doesn’t work right in Vista, which could mean a no go on the upgrade.  Fear not through, Missing Remote has a great write-up on how to get it working again.  It’s kind of a roundabout way to get it working, but it seems to do the job.



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Windows Vista Beta Testers Get Extra Special Treat (3 Copies of Vista, $100 Total)


Update: Those who purchased and got invalid keys should now have an e-mail with valid keys.  All keys handed out now are valid.  Buy away!

Remember that Family Discount Reward that Microsoft is pushing out with Vista?  The one that lets you purchase two additional copies of Vista Home Premium for $49.99 each after you buy a retail copy of Vista Ultimate?  Well, it turns out that the free copy of Windows Vista that active beta testers got is a retail copy, so you can purchase two copies of Home Premium for $100, making it three copies of Windows Vista overall for the wallet friendly price of, you guessed it, $100!  That’s a deal!

Click Here to Bring Home More “Wow” for $100

Thanks pippen (via The Green Button)

Update: I just tried mine.  The first time it rejected it (copied the key wrong??).  The second time, well look below. 

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Digg it!  Spread the word before, and remember it expires on June 30.


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Microsoft Gets a Jump on Vista Pre-SP1 Hotfixes


Business Microsoft Premier Support  got a started on the Windows Vista hotfix party today (Via The Green Button).  Hotfixes not yet available to the general population (Edit: Please read Susan’s comment below), only through Microsoft Premier Support, and only if you have the exact issues in the KB articles



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Vista PMP Already Cracked?



Update on Driver Signing Bypass (Alex Ionescu’s Blog) (Via Engadget)| Alex Ionescu appears to have takin the first step to defeat that evil DRM that prevents everyone from doing everything (or something like that).  He goes through the different ways that Microsoft could patch Vista to disable his work, but ends with the conclusion that it’s unlikely Microsoft can fix it.

Thoughts?  Could he really have broken PMP on today, Vista’s golden day?

I doubt, but now it’s time to play the waiting game.  While playing, why not send some nasty mail to random content owners to express your dislike with the content protection systems they keep dreaming up,



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Okoro Media Systems Unleashes Quad Core GX300 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 new GX300 for 2007. The new GX300 is based on the Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad core and Nvidia 8800 GTX technology. This model will deliver unprecedented 3-D gaming performance and will provide better performance for intense multimedia applications, streaming movies, and music

“Our customers continue to hunger for a system that can provide the greatest performance when they are playing the latest video games on their HDTV while recording and streaming multimedia content. With Quad Core technology and the NVIDIA 8800GTX video card, the GX300 will continue to be one of the fastest media centers available,” said Christopher Curry, VP of Sales & Operations.

The 2007 OMS-GX300 now ships with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition and comes with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core™2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield Quad Core Processor
  • 2 Gigabytes of high-speed Kingston HyperX memory
  • NVIDIA 8800GTX HDCP video card
  • 1 Terabyte (1000 Gigabytes) of storage
  • Two Dual-Layer DVD burners
  • 7 inch Touch screen display
  • DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live Technology
  • Windows Vista Ultimate or other Operating System Packages available

The GX300 is currently available for purchase at www.okoromedia.com/model.asp?model=GX300

 For more information please visit www.okoromedia.com.



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Open Source DVRBox Edits and Converts DVR-MS



DVRBox (SourceForge) | If you are looking for a free program to edit and convert your DVR-MS recordings, you might want to stop by SourceForge and check out the new open source DVRBox project.  DVRBox allows for editing of DVR-MS, batch processing, automatic crop detection, scheduled compression, and more.  DVRBox also easily outputs to several flavors of MPEG-4 including XviD, x264, and more.

Give it a try.



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DefectiveByDesign’s Anti-DRM Campaign Gets Trashed by Digg Readers


Something that I personally find hilarious is that DefectiveByDesign, the Anti-DRM Group that was formed last year, is getting trashed by the growing user base that actually understands some of the problems behind content protection and DRM.  This is a very good day in the world of DRM and Digg.

Here’s a few example comments from Digg about DefectiveByDesign’s upcoming Vista Launch Events in NYC.

  • So, the guys at defectivebydesign.org are going toi be the jackasses that pretend to be cool and nonconformist by going to a windows party and making fools out of themselves? Thanks, we reaaally needed to know that, couldn’t have survived without it on the front page. P.S. all the info in the article is old news, no reason to digg it.”
  • “Wait wait, people are pissed off because Vista supports HDCP? If I’m not mistaken, Vista has to support it in case Studio’s enable the god damn feature”
  • “I’ll say this loudly:IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH
    DRM, DON’T USE MEDIA THAT USES DRM.
    At least with Windows you have the FREEDOM to decide for yourselves, unlike some operating systems I could think of.”
  • “Pathetic. Apple will also include the DRM required to playback all new content that’s produced and requires the shit.”
  • “So what happens when media starts coming out that needs the DRM systems, either others OS will have to implement it in some way or hack a way round it which would probably be illegal.”

I’m a big fan of Digg in general, buy generally don’t spend more then five minutes reading the ignorant comments left by the users.  I’m a fan of targeted websites and blogs that can cover a subject without their user base being subjected to incorrect information and endless FUD about certain features, mainly relating to DRM.

I’m all for ending DRM that restricts fair use; however I do believe that content owners should have the right to protect their content if they want to.  The problem is that we need to get to the point where this can happen.  AACS in HD DVD and Blu-ray is a good first step, with the concept of Managed Copy.  It’s not perfect by any means (I shouldn’t have to pay for a copy of the media I already purchased) but it’s a good first step.

DefectiveByDesign needs to understand that if they want to help, they need to actually go after the people that matter.  Microsoft is not who they should be going after.  Stage your foolishness at the MPAA, collectivity “Hollywood.”  They are the reason that Microsoft has to waste millions of dollars developing the framework to allow users to actually play this media.  Feel free to attack Microsoft for the stupid things they do, like locking their Zune DRM out from PlaysForSure.  Attack Apple for not licensing FairPlay.  Attack the record labels (RIAA) for requiring Microsoft, Apple, and others to develop their sort of protection framework.  Actually attack the companies that are the problem, attack the root of the problem.

Of course, there are still loads of users that comment the other way, but they seem to be increasing getting corrected by those who get it.

DefectiveByDesign is not helping anything, all they are doing to making fools of themselves.

Related:

What Content Will Be Crippled When Output in Vista?



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The Green Button Forums Get An Upgrade



The Green Button Community Forums have undergone an update with Windows Vista set to be released next week.  We now have subforums dedicated to Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition.  This should help everyone get help and find the information you are looking for quicker and easier.

The Green Button is also going International!  Very fun.



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